Anguish for County as they suffer late drama

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Northamptonshire saw their Liberty Tropy campaign end in the most agonising manner as they were beaten by just one in shot in their quarter-final with Durham.

Played at the neutral venue of Leeds, Durham, who had several internationals in their ranks, made the early running and led by 22 shots at one stage.

However, Northamptonshire mounted a superb comeback and led by eight themselves going into the final ends.

Durham then mounted their own comeback and cut the gap to three going into the final end.

And, with Durham lying three, Gary Smith produced a great wood under pressure to gain the final shot and snatch the match 116-115.

Results (skips only, Northants first): Rink one: J Walker 30, G Skipp 7.

Rink two: J McKee 21, D Bolt 29.

Rink three: P Broderick 16, A Kirkland 24.

Rink four: V Gearey 22, V O’Neill 15.

Rink five: N Corbyn 9, G smith 24.

Rink six: M Sharpe 17, J Thurlbeck 17.