After struggling to beat Zimbabwe in their opening game at the on going Africa Netball Championships in Uganda on Sunday, the Malawi Queens had a game to forget as they were thumped 66-43 by the hosts on Monday afternoon at Ligogo MTN Arena.
The hosts were rampant from the word go as they dominated all quarters, with their star goal shooter Rachael Nanyonge proving too difficult to handle.
Having beaten the Queens in the two friendly matches just before the tournament, it was not a surprise to see She Cranes taking a 13-11 lead in the first quarter.
Malawi’s England based goal shooter Joyce Mvula was tightly marked as she failed to repeat yesterday’s form against Zimbabwe in which she was very instrumental.
Come second quarter, the hosts continued where they stopped as Peace Proscovia and Nanyonge formed a deadly combination to increase the lead to 27-22.
Things got worse to the Queens when Alinafe Kamwala was red carded after being given three warnings by the umpire.
In the third quarter, the margin was just too much for the Queens as She Cranes increased the tally to 29-48 before completing the riot in the final quarter with a 66-43 victory over the highest ranked side at the tournament.
She Cranes have made it three wins out of the three and they are the favourites to win the tourney ahead of the second placed Malawi.
On Sunday, Uganda mauled Namibia 69-31 while Malawi survived a scare when they beat Zimbabwe 55-45.