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Mixed day for Great Britain after Portugal defeats at Seville Boccia World Open

on 03-08-2017 17:30

It was a mixed day for Great Britain with three teams in action on day two of the Seville Boccia World Open in Spain.

Portugal proved to be the team that got the better of the British competitors, with Britain losing three telling matches out of three in their respective categories against their Portuguese counterparts.

Ahead of the final, the BC3 team of Jamie McCowan, Scott McCowan and Patrick Wilson had swept aside everything in their path in convincing fashion.

They set the tone with a 9-1 victory against hosts Spain in their opening clash, before going even better against Germany, running out 12-0 winners for the joint second-highest victory of the whole day.

They continued their excellent form in the semi-final against Russia, registering a 7-0 victory.

However, in a final full of drama, they finished 3-3 with Portugal after coming from 3-1 down to force a tie-break, but this proved to be a bridge too far as they were defeated 1-0.

Elsewhere for Britain, things were looking bleak for the BC4 pairing of Evie Edwards and Stephen McGuire in their first match against Greece, with the British pair down 5-0 after two ends.

However, they stormed back with five points on the penultimate end, and secured the winning point in a dramatic final act.

They came up against strong Slovenia and Hong Kong sides, losing 6-2 and 7-1 in the respective matches after the Greece clash, setting up a third-place play-off with Portugal.

But it was Portugal again that proved to be Britain’s foil, with a five-point opening end proving to be the difference as they ran out 7-1 winners.

Elsewhere the BC1-2 team of two-time Paralympic champion David Smith, Will Hipwell and Clare Taggart were beaten in both their encounters.

They were 5-5 going into the final end against Poland in their first match, but their Polish counterparts stole the decisive point to take the win.

And with the following match against Portugal delicately poised at 3-3, the latter secured a thumping five-point victory on the penultimate end, eventually winning 9-3.


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