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England’s Chelsea Pitman (left) was starting for the first time at this World CupVenue: Cape Town, South Africa Dates: 28 July to 6 AugustCoverage: Watch live coverage on BBC TV and BBC iPlayer, listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra & BBC Sounds and follow text commentary on selected matches on BBC Sport website and app.England finished top of their Netball World Cup pool with a perfect record by beating Scotland 62-37, with both teams already through to the next phase.The scoreline, however, was closer than many might have expected as Scotland had more possession in Cape Town.England struggled again in mid-court and will need to feed their shooters better if they are to challenge for a first World Cup title. The next group stage starts on Monday, with both teams heading into Pool F.Scotland had started the day with their campaign in the balance but a victory for Malawi over Barbados in the morning meant they faced England knowing they would be one of the three teams to advance from Pool B.Results from the first group stage carry through to the second stage, so there was an incentive to keep goal difference as tight as possible as it could prove key later in the week.Scotland seemed to have this in mind as they frustrated England at times but their shooting accuracy – just 72% in the first two quarters – prevented them from doing more damage.England will have been pleased to have won all four quarters but their tally was not as high as they might have hoped, with title rivals New Zealand and Australia laying down big scores in their matches earlier on Sunday.Earlier on Sunday, Wales beat Sri Lanka 68-56 in a must-win match to progress to advance to the next pool stage.More to follow.

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