Silver Ferns shade Diamonds

IT WAS not only winning the Constellation Cup for the first time in the trophy's three-year history that the New Zealand Silver Ferns celebrated in Auckland on Thursday night.

The 50-49 win against the Aussie Diamonds also ensured the hosts reclaimed the world No.1 ranking from the Aussies.

The Kiwis now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series ahead of the final game in Christchurch tomorrow.

It is the first time Australia has lost a trans-Tasman series since 2004 - but the Diamonds did not give up without a fight.

After trailing by as much as 13 goals in the first half, Caitlin Bassett had a chance to level the scores for Australia with 18 seconds left, but her shot rimmed out.

The bad news didn't end for the Aussies when the final hooter sounded.

Defender Julie Corletto will miss the remainder of this year's international netball program after opting to undergo an arthroscopy on her right knee.

Corletto, who has been dogged by knee injuries in her 35-test career, will undergo the procedure in Melbourne this morning.

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