Kingston Hummingbirds beat title favourites Manchester Spurs by 9-points to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three finals of the Netball Jamaica/Berger Elite league, at the National Arena, last night.

The teams traded points for most of the game before the Hummingbirds pull away for a 61-52 win.

Coach of the Hummingbirds, Marvett Anderson, says they’ll be coming even stronger to close out the tournament on Saturday.

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Coach of the Spurs, Connie Francis, says she was disappointed in the performance of her players.

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Meanwhile, St Ann Orchids beat St Catherine Racers 47-45 to win the third-place playoff.