10th Dec, 2016

Career best for Clarke and Langford in Wilmcote win

Stratford Editorial 18th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ASHELIGH Clarke and Lester Langford both scored career-best scores to help Wilmcote defeat Avon in the Stratford Air Gun League.

The duo had almost possible scores of 34  as Wilmcote had a great team score of 231 points which also included a possible from Jamie Clarke, and 34 from Adam Clarke.

Avon scored well with counting scores all in the 30s but just did not find the bull as often as Wilmcote.  Richard Groom and Alison McMillan both narrowly missing out with six bulls and a four. Chris Adams and Steve Ray shot 33s.

Clifford, who seem to shoot better when away from home, had their highest score this season in winning their match against Binton B. A tally of 220 points included 33s from Jay Morris and Rachael Brookes.

Binton’s Benn Chamberlain shot 33 and Chris Green 32 but with a few loose threes finished with 213 points.

Home Guard and Binton A both kept their shots tight, shooting only bulls and fours, but Binton took 230-228 victory.

Binton took an early lead with 34s from Chris Reed and Andy Smith.  It was consolidated with 33s from Wayne Harris and Michelle Dale  and 32s from Gary Hooper, John Parrott and Alan Dyer sealed Home Guard’s fate.

Guard’s shot consistently well but not quite good enough with 33s from Katie Barrett, Chantelle Norman, and Tom Morris.  The team were left needing 37 from their final shooter Andy Morris, an impossibility but a valiant effort saw him score 35, his fifth this season.

MEB have struggled all season to get enough shooters but managed to field eight in their 211-208 win against Avenue.

The match started on an even keel and after three shooters the score was level.  MEB took the lead with 31 from Tim Onions but seasoned shooters Paul Lowe 33 and Steve Parrack 34 pulled it back for Avenue.

However, MEB had a better finish with 31 from Marc Anderton,  29 from Derek Powers and 32 from Fred Williams.

The league has now finished with Wilmcote retaining the L C Docker Cup for the second successive year but unlike the previous year they did not have a clear run and had to stave off strong challenges from runners-up Home Guard and Binton A who ended up third in the table.

The competition for the Webley Shield starts on January 7 in which teams are handicapped according to their league performance.