Day 4 Evening Roundup

The 2014 Japanese men's team became the most successful Japanese men's in their nations history Photo: WCF/CĂ©line Stucki

Tuesday evening's eleventh session of round-robin play at the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada, saw a clash between joint leaders Canada and Norway in Beijing’s Capital Gymnasium in China.

Canada opened the scoring with a single point in the first end, but in the second end Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud drew his final stone into the house to score three points and take a 3-1 lead.

Later, in the ninth end and with the score at 6-4 in Norway's favour, Ulsrud hit out a Canadian stone to score a further three points to claim a 9-5 win.

This result puts Norway into a clear lead at the top of the standings, while Canada slip to joint second place alongside Japan and Switzerland.

After his win, Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud said: “We were a bit disappointed earlier today when we lost to Germany but the guys came out and had a good game against Canada. We were a bit lucky there early in the game. They are a strong team and fought their way back and it was tight all the way until the ninth end there.”

Japan faced Denmark and it was the Pacific-Asia Curling Championship 2013 silver medallists that won by 8-2 in just seven ends.

Their skip Yusuke Morozumi hit out a Danish stone to score two points in the second end to open the scoring in the game.

Then, in the seventh end, another hit by Morozumi produced four points, a score which persuaded Denmark to concede the game.

This gives Japan their fifth win of the event and before this week the record number of wins at this level for a Japan team was three.

About building on the record that they had already claimed, their lead player Kosuke Morozumi said: "A new record again! I feel good. Maybe we can win three more - I hope so!"

Switzerland were up against hosts China in this session and, in the second end, their fourth player Benoit Schwarz played an angle raise double take-out to open the scoring with two points.

Schwarz scored two points again in the fifth end, for a 4-2 lead, with a less complicated double take-out.

In the tenth end, Schwarz played a double take-out to remove two Chinese stones and finish off the game as a win for the Swiss, with a 7-6 score-line.

After his win, Switzerland's fourth player Benoit Schwarz said: “We played really well. It was a tough, tough game. The Chinese played awesome out there and put a lot of pressure on us throughout the whole game. Each and every time we came back with some big shots and we are very happy with the win, it was really big for us."

The fourth game of the session was between the Czech Republic and Scotland.

The Czechs opened the scoring with a steal of two points in the second end but Scotland scored one point in the third end and then stole a single point in the fourth to draw level.

The Czech Republic made another break-through with a score of two points in the eighth end for a 5-3 lead.

Eventually Scotland clipped a guard with their last stone in the tenth end to let a Czech stone already in the house score the one point needed for their 6-5 win.

RESULTS
Session 11:
Czech Republic 6, Scotland 5; Canada 5, Norway 9; China 6, Switzerland 7; Japan 8, Denmark 2.

STANDINGS
After 11 sessions of play:

1. Norway 6-1
2. Canada 5-2
2. Japan 5-2
2. Switzerland 5-2
5. Germany 4-3
5. Sweden 4-3
7. China 3-4
7. Czech Republic 3-4
9. Denmark 2-5
9. Scotland 2-5
9. USA 2-5
12. Russia 1-6

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Beijing. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include CCTV in China, Eurosport in Europe, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec). http://wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/schedule

In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV


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