21st Feb, 2019

Binton B remain the side to beat

Liam Moakes 13th Feb, 2018

BINTON B consolidated their position at the top of the Stratford & District Airgun League Webley Shield table with their sixth win in as many weeks.

The leaders had a full side against only five Clifford shooters, as well as a five-shot handicap to their advantage, but the hosts did not need it as they secured a 220-204 victory.

Top scores came from Binton’s Joe Powell 33 – a personal best – and Clifford’s Jay Morris with 32.

MEB had the highest team score of the week with 240 points, although this did include a 26-point handicap from Binton A.

Stalwart of the team Derek Powers shot a personal and career-best score of 34 and Rob Dipple equalled his best shot with 33.

Binton A started faultlessly with both Chris Reed and Andy Smith getting possibles. Despite this though, and with only bulls and fours including 33s from John Parrott and Michelle Dale, the handicap gave hosts MEB a clear 240-225 win.

Avenue and visitors Wilmcote were also short of shooters.

Avenue’s impressive team score of 231 from five shooters included the cushion of a 23-point handicap for which they were grateful.

Alan Crichton was in form shooting 34 and James Wilby shot 32, whilst Wilmcote’s (223) six shooters did well with 34s from Jamie Clarke and Paul Clingan and 33s from Lester Langford, Graham East and Adam Clarke.

However, Avenue won through in the end thanks to the handicap to retain second place.

Avon had eight shooters for their home match against Home Guard which started at a cracking pace as the visitors took an early lead when Andy Morris, famed for his 34s, went one better to shoot his fourth possible this season.

However, the match slipped away from the visitors as it progressed. Home Guard had only five shooters and the two A N Other scores were not of much help when the more experienced Avon shooters proved to be more accurate than the rest of the visiting team.

The hosts rang the bell more frequently, including scores of 34 from Nick Williams and Alison McMillan and a possible from Steve Ray, to seal a 227-214 success.

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