For a brief period late on, that margin was extended to the magic five goals required to claim the Quad Series title, but it was to prove a step too far.
“I’m at the point in my career that I’m enjoying every opportunity I get,” said Dunn, who was deservedly crowned player of the match. “It’s going to end at some point soon, so I just go out there and enjoy it.
“It was massively tough missing out on the Commonwealths – it’s always hard missing out on such a big event, but England won it so they picked the right squad. I’m hoping I’ve made some tough decisions for the coaches now for the World Cup.”
It is to that competition in Liverpool that attention now turns with England going into it off the back of victories over world No 1 Australia and No 2 New Zealand – who triumphed 62-60 over South Africa in their last match on Sunday.
“Netball is a confidence game and it’s the confidence of consistently beating the top sides,” said Neville. “If we can do that, that is the beginnings of a world-class team.”
It was not perfect and England have still never won a Quad Series. But they now fear no one.