England skip marks international debut with Mixed curling win

  • The World Mixed Curling Championship 2015 is Arthur Bates first event WCF / Céline Stucki

England won their first game of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2015 this evening.

The team skipped by Arthur Bates, defeated Group C opponents, Kazakhstan in seven ends, 10-4. For Bates, this was an extra-special win, because this tournament is his first international event.

He said: “I’m very excited, this is the first win of my international curling career. We tried to keep the game clean and let the scores come to us.”

“We’re keen for our last game, it’s a big televised one. We have Poland tomorrow and hope to build some momentum and then Norway on Thursday night [live on – http://beta.swiss-sport.tv/sports/7-curling – 20.00 CEST].”

Russia and China were also victorious after seven ends during this session. Russia beat Slovenia 5-2, while China defeated Czech Republic 4-1.

After stealing two points in the second end, Sweden were put to the test by an on-form Irish team, who were millimetres away from causing one of the biggest upsets of the event so far. In the end though, the Swedes emerged the winners, 6-5.

Finally, France beat Slovakia, 6-4 and Poland defeated New Zealand, 5-3, after stealing back-to-back singles in the seventh and eighth ends.