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Rejuvenated Thunder Queens piled pressure on holders and leaders Diamonds when they convincingly beat Tigresses 44-36 in a Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League match on Saturday.

The only blemish in the match was a third quarter injury of Tigresses shooter Sindie Simtowe- Msowoya, who sustained an injury resulting from being slapped by Thunder goal defender Martha Dambo.

The Tigresses player bled from the nose and, after several minutes of treatment, was replaced by Awema Chikaonda.

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Her condition worsened despite efforts to stop the bleeding and a decision was made to take her to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the match continued and, at the start of the third quarter, Tigresses lodged a complaint on umpires’ handling of the game.

Emily Jere was ruthless in attack as Thunder bossed play while Thandi Galeta and Pilirani Msukwa also had a grand game.

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Tigresses goalkeeper Beauty Basiyawo, youthful substitute Grace Nkhoma, wing attacker Beatrice Mpinganjira and seasoned Ellen Chibokho were equally effective for Tigresses but their efforts were not sufficient to win the match for Tiga.

Tigresses Coach, Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, blamed the loss on poor officiation.

“Last season, we suffered the same fate. They hit my player and now they have done it again. With good officiation, we could have done better,” Chawinga-Kaluwa said.

Thunder assistant Coach, Stanford Mang’anda, said they won because players followed instructions.

Mang’anda trashed Tigresses’ concerns, saying umpires were fair to both sides.

Defending champions Diamonds defeated Machinjiri Sisters 124- 14 to maintain their lead whereas Serenity Stars humbled Polytechnic 60- 20.

In another match, Chilomoni Sisters defeated Shizaella Queens 41-36.

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