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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 February 2006, 16:29 GMT
GB men's curlers close on semis
David Murdoch
Six wins out of seven have put David Murdoch's team within reach of the semi-finals
Britain's men's curling team claimed a dramatic 6-5 win against Switzerland to close in on a semi-final place.

The match, which had swung back and forth, was level at 5-5 going into the final stone of the final end, with Switzerland having the advantage.

And Swiss skip Ralph Stoeckli looked to have secured a narrow win but his stone drew up just centimetres short.

David Murdoch's team, with two matches left, can now only be denied a top-four spot by a mathematical miracle.

Early in the match, Britain had stolen last-stone points from the Swiss in both the third and fifth ends to lead 3-2 at the half-way stage.

But in the seventh, the scores were levelled at 3-3 when the umpire's measurement showed the last Swiss stone to be a hair's breadth closer to the centre.

Then David Murdoch's brave attempt at a double takeout with his last stone failed at the end of the eighth, handing Switzerland a 5-3 lead.

But the skip came good in the ninth to reign the Swiss back in with two last-gasp points and set up the nailbiting finish.

The top four teams qualify for the semi-finals, with the first-placed team from the round robin playing the fourth-placed one, and second taking on third.

The two semi-final winners advance to the gold medal match, while the two losers play off for bronze.


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