England beat Scotland at the World Senior Curling Championship at Saint Paul, Minnesota, yesterday. Leslie Ingram-Brown reports:
"Never more than one shot separated the Ken Horton and Michael Sutherland teams. England led 4-3 into the final end but Scotland held the hammer. Lying shot, Horton nominated to draw the opposite side of the house and his stone looked heavy enough the whole way. But from about half way between the hog and house it started moving transversely and finished inches short. England then removed the Scottish counter rolling into the twelve foot leaving Horton to draw for the single and the extra end.
In the extra, with England lying shot behind a rampart of stones, Horton had no option than try a 'snooker' shot, but hit all wrong and England were the winners.
USA lead the Section and are joined by England in the quarterfinals. Scotland will have to wait until the Red and Green Sections are finished this evening to know the other third placed teams. The best of these on the basis of the draw shot challenge will go through to the quarterfinals. The other two will play a tiebreak game to decide the last qualifier."
The event website is here.
Photo of Ken Horton is courtesy of Leslie Ingram-Brown.