Tuesday, April 05, 2011

WMCC2011: Scotland v China

Scotland's third player Greg Drummond.

Leslie Ingram-Brown reports from Regina:

"It was tight, very tight, but in the end Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow made it six out of six at the Ford World Men's Championship here in Regina, Saskatchewan, this morning.

China held the hammer and blanked the first end but in the second gave up a steal of one to Brewster. In the third end China tied up the score with a last stone draw.

In the fourth end Brewster hit and ran when looking for a pair and got only a single. Then in the fifth leading to the break it's Chen who drew for a single to make it 3-2 Scotland.

In the sixth Brewster moved ahead again with a single on a measure but China tied up the game, again, in the eighth 3-3. Importantly in this tight game the last stone was now with Brewster.

In the ninth a wall of stones faced the two skips as they went to play. As it was, Brewster lay the first two shots. China attempted a strike with their seventh stone which removed a couple of stones but did nothing to change the situation. Brewster tried to remove a Chinese stone but whether or not the result was successful, with time running out, China had decided to draw but wrecked on a short guard. Scotland lay two shots. Brewster's attempted draw for three baffled as it sat wide - as we found out later on frosty ice. Two shots, a 5-3 lead and one end to go.

There was no messing about in the tenth. China were out of ideas. Brewster's boys kept it clear and a sixth win was theirs.

The big one comes this evening when Scotland takes on Jeff Stoughton's Team Canada and it's a FULL house for that game."

RESULTS Draw 9: Switzerland 7 Norway 4, USA 8 Czech Republic 4, Scotland 5 China 3, Sweden 8 Germany 7.

Standings after 9 Draws: 6/0 - Scotland; 5/0 - Canada; 4/1 - France; 4/2 - Sweden, Switzerland; 2/4 - China, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, USA; 1/4 - Korea; 0/5 Denmark.

The event website is here, for photos and links to the Eyeopener Daily News. Mike Haggerty's reports are here.

Scott Andrews watches his stone.

Photos courtesy of Leslie Ingram-Brown.