World Curling: Kerry Barr so close to biggest win

Scotland's skip Kerry Barr delivers a stone
Scotland's skip Kerry Barr delivers a stone
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Capital curler Kerry Barr narrowly missed out on the biggest win of her career after pushing Olympic silver medallist Margaretha Sidfridsson to an extra end at the World Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick late last night.

The Murrayfield skip was already out of medal contention, but produced her best display of the week against the reigning European champion from Sweden who lost last year’s world final to Scotland’s Eve Muirhead.

With Hannah Fleming deputising for Rachael Simms, Barr’s team led 2-0 and 4-3 and dug deep to steal a single at the final end to draw level at 7-7.

Sigfridsson used the hammer to eke out an 8-7 victory for her seventh win out of eight, but Barr pointed out: “You wouldn’t have expected us to get so close to them after some of our results this week. They’re a really strong team, but we gave them a good game.”

Barr had earlier lost 10-5 to Swiss skip Binia Feltscher, but she will aim to finish on a high later today when she plays her last two matches against USA and Korea.