STRATFORD & District Airgun League teams sent their most accurate shooters to Binton Social Club to compete for the Roderick Baker Cup.
Unfortunately neither of the teams based at Avenue or Clifford took part, with the consequence that Jamie Clarke, last year’s winner, had a first round bye.
Bill Fleming shooting for Avon shot a competent 31.1 but Joe Powell from Binton did better with 32.3 to go forward to the semi-final.
Alan Brookes shot four bulls and three fours to score 32.2 in his match against Andy Smith, who shot six bulls and a four to score 34.4 for his place in the semi-final.
Derek Powers, who has been shooting very well since moving to the MEB team, shot 30.2, but Paul Clingan only missed one bull with his last pellet for 34.4 points.
Jamie Clarke put Joe Powell under pressure when he shot five clean bulls, a dirty bull and a four for 34.5 points. Powell shot only fours and bulls but could not match Clarke’s accuracy.
Andy Smith and Paul Clingan, both seasoned shooters, battled against each other, with both shooting six bulls and a four, but Clingan shot five clean bulls to Smith’s three which took Clingan into the final with 34.5 points.
The final match between the Wilmcote team-mates was closely shot, with both shooters hitting six bulls and a four, but this time it was Clarke who won through to retain the trophy with four clean bulls and 34.4 to Clingan’s three clean bulls and 34.3 points.
THREE preliminary rounds in the 4-A-Side competition were shot two days later.
Four shooters from MEB including Fred Williams who shot a season-best 34 and Paul Onions who shot 32 together shot 124 but, with seven handicap points, the team ended on 131 points.
Avon-a-Laugh’s Bill Fleming shot 34, Colin Fulford shot 33 and Alison McMillan and Steve Ray both shot 32 which brought their team’s total to 131 as well.
However, the rules of the competition give the match to the team with the lower average so MEB go through to the quarter-finals to meet Avenue B’s four shooters.
Snitterfield’s four scored 124 points including 34 from Alan Brookes. Avon-a-Go had some loose shots and managed 115 points but, even with the six-point handicap, they finished on 121 points which resulted in Snitterfield securing a place in the next round against four shooters from Binton B.
Wilmcote’s four saw grandfather Graham East shoot 32, father Michael Clarke 32 and son Adam Clarke 34 and other son Jamie Clarke shoot a possible for 133 points – the highest score in the preliminary rounds – and a score which four from Binton found challenging.
Binton B’s Ben Chamberlain rose to the challenge, shooting a season-best 34. Steve Hodges shot 32 but, with four threes, the team made 122 points but, with nine handicap points, they finished on 131 points.
Wilmcote will meet Clifford in the quarter-finals. The fourth quarter-final match will be between Binton A Badgers and a second four from Wilmcote.
All quarter-final matches will take place on March 26.
The quiz and bingo night held at Wilmcote was well supported and took £260, which included donations to Warwickshire Air Ambulance from Mark Beard who donated his cash prize of £25 and donations of £20 and £10 from Kath Williams and Gordon Spencer respectively.
Supporters were also appreciative of free food provided by Andrew Clingan and his able kitchen assistant Jamie Clarke.