09:00 Thursday 24 October 2013

City of Ely pair aim for England Test victory

Written byAARON MASON

Sarah Seymour Sarah Seymour

Sarah Seymour is optimistic she can help England’s women’s team succeed where the men’s side failed when they take on Scotland in their Co-Operative Funeralcare Test match next week.

England’s men had put themselves in a great position against their rivals from north of the border at Stanley by leading 8-3 after the first day of pairs and triples games with City of Ely’s Nicky Brett winning both his encounters.

But Brett went down 6-5, 7-2 in his clash with former world champion Paul Foster on the second day as England crashed badly in the singles rubbers to lose the match 13-11 overall.

His clubmates Seymour and Ellen Falkner will aim to set the record straight when they face the old enemy at the same venue, starting on Wednesday with pairs and triples with the singles games taking place the following day.

Falkner will warm up for the event by taking part in the Potters Holidays World Championships women’s singles qualifiers in Carlisle on 
Saturday.

The 2005 and 2006 world champion will meet either Ardrossan’s Michelle Cooper, who will be in the Scotland team, or Emma Brown of East Lothian in the second round as she bids to make the tournament.

But Seymour felt England’s women – a strong side also includes Annalisa Bellamy, Rebecca Field, Sandy Hazell, Wendy King and Lauren Copeland – were likely to find it just as tough a battle as the men in the inaugural Test showdown between the two countries, which is being televised on Premier Sports.

She said: “It’s an identical format to the men’s match, but hopefully with a better result.

“It will be a bit of a test to see how it goes, especially with the pairs and triples because we’re used to playing over a long 21-end format rather than in sets, so it really will be a case of who wakes up earliest and gets on top.

“Scotland will have a strong team, but we have a good side as well and I think everyone will be looking for a bit of form as it’s still early days this season.

“From my point of view, I’ve only played a few league games and a few Top Club matches.

“It could make things very interesting and there could be some really strange results as we saw from the men’s match where the results went one way one day and the other the next.

“But Stanley is where the British Isles International Series is held, so at least we’re heading back to a surface we’re aware of.

“We’ll have to see how things such as the television lights affect things, though.”

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