Newly-crowned Commonwealth pairs champions Alex Marshall and Paul Foster are on the brink of securing a second gold medal after winning through to today’s final of the fours along with Danderhall’s David Peacock and Kirkliston’s Neil Speirs, while Darren Burnett will also be chasing gold in the men’s singles.
Yesterday, cheered on by a huge support, the Scots won their quarter-final against Gerry Baker’s South African team, leading all the way, with the Springbok foursome throwing in the towel with an end to spare at 15-7.
But not for the first time, Scotland’s ever-growing fan base was left disgruntled and disappointed as yet another match involving the Scots was played on an outside rink with inadequate viewing space.
The Scots gained the early advantage against Australia in the semis with a double followed by a count of four on the second and third ends to lead Matt Flapper’s rink 7-1, and that six shot cushion was virtually the difference throughout the match as the Scots rose to the challenge of a torrential downpour and got home 15-10. Lead Peacock said: “It’s so good to make it to the final. I hope we can come up with the gold medal goods tomorrow.
“This would be the biggest win of my career without a doubt.”
In this afternoon’s gold medal play-off, the Scots will meet Jamie Chestney’s England team. They were pushed all the way by relative newcomers ndia, where a single on the last end got them over the finishing line 14-13.
Darren Burnett will also go for gold today. In two sterling performances, he firstly beat Northern Ireland’s Martin McHugh in the quarter-finals and then ended the Australian challenge from Aron Sherriff in the semis.
Against McHugh, Burnett trailed 6-13, but kept the Irishman on the 13-shot marker for the next seven ends as he forged into a 16-13 lead. McHugh replied with a 2, 2, 1 and 2 to move within one of victory but Burnett levelled the score at 20-all three ends later and a single on the 27th end gave him his semi-final berth.
The semi-final was a high quality exchange, with the scores tied at 8, 9, 13 and 15 but Burnett was roared home 21-15 after chalking up a 1, 1, 1, 2 and 1 wrap-up.
His opponent will the Canada’s Ryan Bester, a silver medallist at the 2012 World Championships. Bester needed just 14 ends to account for Zambia’s Harry Musonda and in his semi-final he only dropped seven of his 21-end exchange against Kiwi Shannon McIlroy to win 21-10.
England dominated against Australia to take the women’s triples title, posting a 22-4 victory.