There's one more round of the Bruadar Scottish Men's Championship still to go and five teams are in contention for the four playoff places. The results and standings are all here.
Alan Chalmers and his team nearly made it easy for the umpires when they took David Edwards to the last stone this morning. For Edwards, Moray Combe, Gavin Fleming and Graham Sloan it was a must-win game, and they came through, eventually.
David Murdoch, Graeme Connal, Peter Smith and Euan Byers spoiled Warwick Smith's perfect record in the round robin, although it took an extra end to do so. It was a game worthy of any final.
The position after eight games is that Murdoch and Smith are 7-1, Muirhead and Brewster 6-2, and Edwards is 5-3. This evening Murdoch plays Muirhead, Brewster plays Chalmers, Warwick is up against Colin Hamilton, and Edwards against John Hamilton. The other game is Gray v Scott Hamilton. You can work out what needs to happen as well as I can. Here's what will occur after tonight: 'The top four teams after the round robin will qualify for the knockout stages, these will played played in the Page format 1 v 2, 3 v 4 which will be played at 2.30pm on Saturday 23 February. The losers of 1 v 2 will play the winner of 3 v 4 in the semi final which will take place at 8.00pm on Saturday 23 February. The final will be played at 2.30pm on Sunday 24 February.'
Pic of Moray Combe and Hamish Lorrain-Smith is by Bob. More pics later!
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