4 March 2020
Mixed day for Scotland at World Wheelchair Curling Championships
It was a mixed day of action for the Scotland on day five of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Wetzikon, Switzerland.
The day started disappointingly for Hugh Nibloe and his rink, as they blew a 5-1 lead against Latvia to eventually go down 7-6 in a tight afternoon session.
Latvia took a 1-0 lead after the first end, but the next three were won by Scotland, with one stone picked up either side of a mammoth three-stone success in the third, to see them build up a healthy lead at the halfway mark.
But the Latvians came back fighting, and picked up two stones with the hammer in the fifth end, before another stone in the sixth made it a one point deficit with two ends remaining.
Skip Polina Rozkova and her team seized their opportunity in the penultimate end, picking up their own three-stone haul to take the victory after the Scottish side only picked up one stone in the final end.
Things were much better in the evening session, as they convincingly overcame a strong Norway side with an end to spare to claim their third victory of the tournament.
Scotland raced into a 4-0 lead after three ends, before Norway made it 4-2 after five to spark fears of another lost lead.
But Nibloe and his rink soon banished any memories of the Latvia defeat by holding their nerve to pick up three stones in the next two ends to secure a 7-2 victory with an end remaining.
Scotland will be looking to pick up where they left off on Thursday as they face Czech Republic and South Korea in the last day of the Round Robin sessions.
Photo credit: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik 2020
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