Gina Aitken so close to defeating Eve Muirhead

Gina Aitken was ahead until the final end against the former world champion

Gina Aitken was ahead until the final end against the former world champion

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Edinburgh’s Gina Aitken narrowly missed out on a famous victory over former world champion Eve Muirhead at the Scottish Curling Championships in Perth yesterday, but her Murrayfield clubmate Bruce Mouat chalked up another impressive round-robin win.

Aitken posed a serious threat to Muirhead’s four-game unbeaten run as she led 6-1 early on and was still 7-5 up going to the final end, but Muirhead dug deep and counted three stones to win 8-7.

Gina remains in contention for a spot in the medal play-offs, but her younger sister Karina looks doomed after losing 9-6 to Stirling’s Katie Murray, her fourth defeat in five games.

Mouat trounced local player Moray Combe 10-1 after racing into a 7-0 lead as he improved his record to five wins out of seven.