No China crisis for Team Muirhead

Claire Hamilton, skip Eve Muirhead, second Vicki Adams and vice Anna Sloan this morning (REUTERS)
Claire Hamilton, skip Eve Muirhead, second Vicki Adams and vice Anna Sloan this morning (REUTERS)
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Vicki Adams insisted Britain crowded out Chinese skip Wang Bingyu as they got back to winning ways with an important 8-7 victory at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Adams was one of Britain’s best players as skip Eve Muirhead this time delivered a winning final stone after a controversial decision in defeat to Canada on Wednesday.

Set up by Adams, Muirhead landed the score that gave Britain an 8-7 win over China and Bingyu, the world champion in 2009 and the bronze medallist at Vancouver 2010.

Britain now have an equal record of two wins and two defeats but Adams was adamant victory over China wasn’t as easy as it looked – and they had to make Wang feel uncomfortable.

“That was a really good win for us. We knew it was going to be tough and come down to the last stone and the Chinese girls are former world champions and current Olympic bronze medallists,” said Adams.

“So we always knew it was going to be tough, they have been in great form this season. We knew we just had to play as well as we could, which we did and we have been.

“I think we always knew that if we had stones around Betty she sometimes struggles. She sometimes struggles once there are more stones in place and we felt in control.”

Meanwhile, Murrayfield curler Gina Aitken continued her remarkable revival after winning two more round robin matches at the Scottish Championship Finals in Perth yesterday.

The recently-crowned Scottish junior champion lost five of her first six games in the senior event, but back-to-back wins on Tuesday were followed yesterday by victories over club-mate Kerry Barr (9-6) and Jenny Marshall (9-4). Aitken is now back in contention for a place in this weekend’s medal play-offs. Barr also remained in the hunt after beating Jenny Martin 9-3.

In the men’s event, John Hamilton’s run was halted as he lost 6-5 to both Kyle Smith and Lee McCleary, but Edinburgh’s Colin Campbell and his team stayed on target for the knockout stages despite losing 6-2 to the unbeaten Ewan MacDonald. They had earlier thumped Moray Combe 9-2.

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