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Skipper Peace Proscovia scored 56 points as the She Cranes beat Zambia 74-38 in their opening Group D match as the 2015 Netball World Cup started in Sydney, Australia on Friday.

Skipper Peace Proscovia scored 56 points as the She Cranes beat Zambia 74-38 in their opening Group D match as the 2015 Netball World Cup started in Sydney, Australia on Friday.

True to coach Rashid Mubiru's word Uganda gave the Zambian team no chance in all the four quarters winning 22-10, 18-11, 15-9, 19-8 in a match played at the Allphones Arena at Sydney Olympic Park.

The win places Uganda top of the group after Wales stopped Fiji 59-52 in an earlier match. Uganda's goal attacker Racheal Nanyonga scored 12 points, while substitute Stella Oyella picked 6 points. Betty Namukasa was in good defending form for the She Cranes.

Zambia who also suffered two defeats to Uganda during the Diamond Challenge Cup in South Africa in June had Diana Banda score 16 points, while Lucy Jere picked 22.

In another African affair match Malawi shocked South Africa 58-51 in a Group C match.

Goalscorer Mwagi Kumwenda scored 40 points for Malawi, while Lenize Potgieter picked 43 for South Africa.

South Africa is the only team other than Australia and New Zealand to have played in a World Cup Gold Medal Final. In 1995 South Africa came back to the international Netball fold to stage a gallant World Cup campaign only to go down to an undefeated Australian side 68-48 in the final. Jamaica recorded the biggest win after their 90-44 victory over Samoa.

The She Cranes will face highly ranked Fiji in the second group game on Saturday.