Team Smith performed best out of the three Scottish teams at the Swiss Cup Basel, battling through to the last four before succumbing to the in-form Canadians of Team Gushue.
The Curling Champions Tour competition involved 32 teams and was played in a triple knock-out format – A, B and C-roads, before playoffs for the last eight teams standing.
There were opening game defeats against Finnish opposition for both Team Murdoch (David Murdoch, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow) – 6-3 versus Team Kiiskinen – and Team Smith (Kyle Smith, Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell, Cammy Smith) – 5-3 versus Team Kauste.
The only Scottish rink to pick up a win from the opening round of matches were Team Brewster (Tom Brewster, Glen Muirhead, Ross Paterson, Hammy McMillan), who beat Team Ruch 8-3.
Knocked down to the B-road, Teams Murdoch and Smith picked up wins in their next games, against Teams Oehninger (5-2) and Suter (6-5) respectively.
They were then joined on the B-road by Team Brewster, who lost 5-3 to Team Ali of Russia.
While Team Smith made steady progress along that road, defeating Team De Cruz 6-4 and Team Ali 7-4, their compatriots suffered further defeats on Friday evening – Team Brewster losing 6-3 against Team Ulsrud and Team Murdoch going down 6-4 to Team Gushue, who had surprisingly lost their first match 8-5 to Team Høiberg.
Team Murdoch kept themselves alive on the C-road with an 8-3 victory over Team Sik, but Team Brewster lost 6-3 to Team Baumann, knocking them out of the tournament.
They were swiftly followed out the exit door by Team Murdoch, who were beaten 6-5 by Team Schwaller.
That left Team Smith as Scotland’s sole representative. After a 5-2 loss to Team Kiiskinen knocked them down to the C-road, they won 6-3 against Team Keller to set up a winner-takes-all clash with 2014 world champions Team Ulsrud.
Despite a steal of three by Team Smith, the Norwegians took the match to an extra end. But the Scots held their nerve, scoring the one they needed for an impressive 8-7 victory.
That took them into Sunday’s quarter finals, where they faced another Norwegian side, Team Høiberg. They were 4-2 behind going into the last two ends, only to score two in the seventh and steal one in the eighth to win 5-4.
Their semi final against Team Gushue proved a match too far, however, the Canadians winning 8-2 with scores of three in ends two and four.
Team Gushue have started this season like a steam train, and they secured themselves another title with a 7-2 win over Team Van Dorp of the Netherlands in the final.