Rocks lifted by cap­tain’s re­turn for high-fly­ing Ea­gles’ visit

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An­gus Gil­mour scored a fine 21-14, 2112 win over Swe­den’s Krist­jan Kai­ju­rand and Robert Kasela. But they then went out 11-21, 19-21 to the English No.3 seeds, Ad­cock and An­drew El­lis. Scot­land’s Su­san

Egel­staff had an out­stand­ing come­back vic­tory to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Fin­nish Open bad­minton

cham­pi­onship be on our toes from the first whis­tle to try to min­imise that threat.”

Kel­burne won the only league meet­ing be­tween the sides 7-1 but the cham­pi­ons have the dis­trac­tion of a league en­counter with Grange to­day, while the Wild­cats can rest their legs.

The other semi-final is an al­lEd­in­burgh af­fair be­tween Grange and In­ver­leith. Grange are the side in form with a nine-game un­beaten run be­fore last week­end when they found them­selves 3-2 down to Hill­head, only to be saved by fog. Hon­ours are even be­tween the sides in league re­sults this sea­son, but Ste­vie Mccurry, In­ver­leith’s coach, must be con­cerned about their re­cent in­dif­fer­ent form and the fact they have leaked 18 goals in five out­ings. right to the final day last year be­fore be­ing pipped to the cham­pi­onship by his team-mate, Matt Neal. It was the clos­est any Scot has come to win­ning the BTCC since John Cle­land in 1995.

As he pre­pared to open his cam­paign, Shedden, who is be­ing tipped as a ma­jor con­tender by BTCC TV pun­dits, said: “I’ve been third, I’ve been sec­ond but now it is time to try to put it all to­gether. Ex­pe­ri­ence means a lot and I feel I know now what is re­quired to win a cham­pi­onship.” im­proved be­yond recog­ni­tion and as such we had them on the rack at times.

Scot­land were des­per­ately un­lucky to have a penalty try awarded against them for a du­bi­ous ob­struc­tion, which left them 7-0 down at half- time. France in­creased their lead to 19-0 in the sec­ond half but Scot­land who had put pres­sure on the French got their re­ward from a high tempo build-up and good fin­ish­ing from Aberdeen GS winger Ed Far­quhar­son, re­place­ment stand-off Ben Cooper adding the con­ver­sion goa

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