England hand Jamaica Netball World Cup blow as Tracey Neville's side move within reach of semi-finals

Tony Mogan

England have secured a 56-48 win over title rivals Jamaica in the Netball World Cup.

Tracey Neville's team have all but secured their place in the semi-final with games against Trinidad and South Africa to come.

Victory on Monday - fashioned by a dominant performance at centre from captain Serena Guthrie – also means Jamaica, one of the pre-tournament favourites, no longer have their competition fate in their own hands.

Jamaica must now rely on other results in order to progress after their previous defeat to South Africa.

Neville often cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines as her side squandered a number of opportunities to pull away, but there was no doubting her relief at the end of the game.

She told the BBC: "We were following the game plan and we were having little moments when we kept letting Jamaica back in the game.

"We knew Jamaica were coming for this win so we knew it was going to be one of the toughest games of the round."

Additional reporting from Press Association