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Live Reporting

By Denise Evans

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    Q3: Northern Ireland 45-34 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka enjoying some sustained periods of possession but they need goals at the end of it, which they're not always capable of producing.

    Fionuella Toner is enjoying herself at goal defence, tracing her marker around the circle edge, preventing her from entering it like a bodyguard stopping a crazed fan's access to Justin Bieber.

  2. Diamonds wins again

    Australia 73-37 Zimbabwe

    After a brilliant third quarter, Zimbabwe couldn't sustain the pressure and Australia come away with another big win in the preliminary stages.

    The defending champions, and 11 time winners, take their second match 73-37.

    Australia v Zimbabwe
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    Q3: Northern Ireland 42-32 Sri Lanka

    Northern Ireland are shooting at 80.1% so far in this game, much improved on their showing in their opening game.

    Good to see they've come out fighting after that heavy loss to Australia.

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    Q3: Northern Ireland 41-30 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka do some trickery of their own in their shooting circle as GA Dulangi Wannithileka dummies a shot to shooter Stharjini Sivalingam.

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    Q3: Northern Ireland 41-27 Sri Lanka

    Lovely quick passing around the circle edge from Northern Ireland as they bamboozle the Sri Lankan defence.

    Are Northern Ireland starting to turn the screw?

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    Q3: Northern Ireland 39-27 Sri Lanka

    Niamh Cooper straight into the action. Now that's a player desperate to prove herself if ever I saw one.

    She's all over the shop!

    Twelve goals in it.

    Nine minutes to play in this quarter.

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    Q3: Northern Ireland 38-26 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka goal keeper Gayani Dissanayake was first to a rebound and brings the ball away but Northern Ireland win it back. It's a shame her hard work was undone.

    Sri Lanka have the ball again on their centre pass. They go back to defence and build from there.

    Fionnuala Toner has moved to goal defence, as Michelle Magee takes to the bench. Niamh Cooper is on at WD.

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    Q3: Northern Ireland 36-25 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka in on goal for this first time this half, but they can't quite find the pass to get their shooters close enough and Northern Ireland turn it over.

    Shaunagh Craig does her thing at the other end and it's disaster at the start of this half for Sri Lanka.

  9. Second half under way

    Q3: Northern Ireland 34-25 Sri Lanka

    Back on court two for a big second half to come.

  10. How does the Netball World Cup work?

    Netball World Cup 2019

    The stage one preliminaries sees 16 teams competing in four round-robin groups between Friday and Sunday.

    The top three teams in Group A and B will move through to play in Group F whilst the top three sides in Group C and D will become Group G.

    The bottom sides of Group A to D will go into Group E and play off for places 13 to 16.

    The first and second placed sides in Group F and G will go on to become semi-finalists and battle it out for a place in the final on Sunday 21 July.

    Helen Housby
  11. Live scores

    If you want to follow all the live scores from Liverpool, head to this page.

    There are eight games today and eight games on Sunday, before the second preliminary round kicks in.

    NWC 2019
  12. Zimbabwe fighting on

    Q4: Australia 54-31 Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe are emerging as the surprise package for the tournament.

    Over on court one, they have contained the reigning champions for large periods and are playing with flair and confidence.

    Of course, the Australians are showing their experience when it counts and have built up a good lead.

    Coah Lisa Alexander has also been able to shuffle her pack, making changes throughout the game.

    Perpetua Siyachitema of Zimbabwe shoots
  13. Half-time

    HT Northern Ireland 34-25 Sri Lanka

    Northern Ireland finish the half strongly, but Sri Lanka are far from out of this one.

    Plenty for both head coaches to say to their charges at the break.

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    Q2: Northern Ireland 32-24 Sri Lanka

    Two minutes to go in this half

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    Q2: Northern Ireland 31-24 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka reset then come again.

    Their first phase of play is letting them down, but re-jigging their positions seems to be serving them well as they score on the second phase almost every time.

    Think of it like the first and second serve in tennis. Thing is, you don't always get that second opportunity.

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    Q2: Northern Ireland 29-22 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka get the umpire's call and make the most of it after patiently passing the ball around centre court.

    Tharjini Sivalingam gets her 21st shot away, only missing one so far in this game.

    Northern Ireland so far have a combined 28/35 shooting success.

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    Q2: Northern Ireland 26-21 Sri Lanka

    Just over six minutes to play until half-time in this one.

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    Q2: Northern Ireland 26-19 Sri Lanka

    And there is that turnover Northern Ireland have been pushing for, as Caroline O'Hanlon does what she has done for Manchester Thunder all season and pops up with an aerial take.

    Even the Sri Lanka fans applauded that.

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    Q2: Northern Ireland 24-18 Sri Lnaka

    Tharjini Sivalingam is back in her groove and slots another one through the net.

    Just as Northern Ireland threaten to pull further away, Sri Lanka pull themselves back into the game.

    The message seems to be 'keep scoring on our centre pass and the turnovers will come' - for both sides.

  20. Over on court one...

    Australia 39-18 Zimbabwe

    Defending champions Australia are firmly in control of their second preliminary match against Zimbabwe.

    The Diamonds have a 21 goal advantage at the break.

    Zimbabwe created their own bit of history yesterday by beating Sri Lanka to win their first match at their first World Cup.

    Court one at Liverpool Arena