Netball: Essex Open overcome Cumberland in Mizuno Premier Division Three

Zoie Humphrey of Essex Open (pic: Essex Open)

Zoie Humphrey of Essex Open (pic: Essex Open) - Credit: Archant

Mizuno Premier Division Three: Essex Open 46 Cumberland 39

Essex Open remain second in Mizuno Premier Division Three after a 46-39 victory at home to Cumberland.

Open started slowly, having plenty of the ball, but finding it hard to get it into the circle for the shooters.

In an end-to-end first quarter, the two rivals found themselves locked level at 11-11 by the end of it.

The second period continued to be tight, with goals hard to come by as both defences held firm.

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Cumberland, however, did enough to edge the second quarter and took a 20-19 lead into half-time, having rallied from 18-15 down.

In the third quarter, though, Essex finally found their feet with a period of control that ultimately won them the match.

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Zoie Humphrey and Jasmin Odeogberin were outstanding in defence, while Rose Morgan-Smith dominated the centre court, allowing Open to build a seven-goal lead.

Cumberland showed great fight to claw their way back into the match early in the final quarter and set up a thrilling finale.

Essex, though, were able to step up a gear late on in the fourth period to hold on to their lead and triumph.

Victory leaves Open just a point behind leaders Leyton in the Mizuno Premier Division Three standings.

Open: Humhrey, Odeogberin, Wilks, Morgan-Smith, Lawrence, Humphries, Oshodi, Campbell, Tchine, Glenn.

• Essex Open under-16s enjoyed an impressive 28-18 success over their Sabina rivals.

However, the under-16s did suffer a 33-22 defeat against Breakaways.

Open: Boyce, Paine, Mbanu, Blainey, Gibbins, Hammond, Swani, Acons, May, Sheehy.

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