September 7th, 2016

Smith claims victory in Whitbread individual finals

ANDY SMITH was victorious when the Stratford & District Airgun League’s Whitbread individual finals came to a conclusion with the final three rounds at the Home Guard Club in Tiddington.

Ashleigh Clarke shot three bulls which gave him 23.2 points and knocked out Wayne Harris, who just could not find the bull.

Alan Crichton and Will Cemis both started with a clean bull followed by a four. Cemis then got two bulls and Crichton only one clean bull as both shooters finished on a four.

Cemis with 23.1 points got through to the semi-final to shoot against Clarke.

Andrew Clingan managed only one bull from his five shots. Richard Groom’s shots were tighter and, with three clean bulls, he went through to the semi-finals in which he met Smith who dismissed his opponent Paul Onions when he got a mini-possible.

In the semi-final and final rounds shooters had seven pellets and all four kept their shots tight.

Clarke could only find dirty bulls and was eliminated by Cemis, who shot an impressive 34.4. Groom started with fours but finished with bulls but, with 32.2, he was beaten by just one point by Smith.

The final proved to be interesting as Cemis and Smith are usually in the same team. Both shooters started with clean bulls then Cemis hit a second followed by a four, a dirty bull, two more fours and finished with a third clean bull to score 32.3 in total.

Smith shot a four with his second pellet but followed with five bulls, two of which were clean, and his total of 34.3 meant he had won the trophy for the second time.

It was a well deserved win having missed only five bulls throughout the five matches he shot in this competition.

The league’s quiz and bingo evening was great fun and raised £180. The auction for some generous donations received from local businesses boosted this to £446, which will in due course be distributed to the league’s three nominated charities.

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