THE STRATFORD & District Airgun League was represented by nine shooters who travelled to Studley Sports & Social Club (Entaco) near Redditch for an inter-league match against Redditch and the visitors secured a nine-point victory.
Shooters only had five shots at the target, making 25 the highest possible score. Iain Marshall and Graham Whittingham both shot 25 for the home team and Rob Dyer missed only one bull for 24 points.
Andy Smith got Stratford off to a flying start with maximum points and Andy Morris also shot 25.
The team were more consistent than Redditch with five shooters – Jamie Clarke, Gareth Morris, Graham East, Adam Clarke and Will Cemis – all shooting 24s.
Stratford led by nine points after the first leg, winning the match with 213 points to Redditch’s 204.
Last Monday the Stratford league took part in another inter-league match against the Evesham League for the Avon Challenge Cup, which is currently held by Stratford.
Both teams reached a very high standard but Stratford were the more consistent with possibles from seven shots gained by Andy Smith, Paul Clingan and Will Cemis.
Colin Fulford and Jamie Clarke both shot 34 and Andy Morris and Michelle Dale both shot 33.
Evesham’s Amy Lewis and Adie Lewis both shot possibles and John Richards shot 34 but, when the scores were tallied up, Stratford had 271 which put them seven points ahead as they go into the second leg which will take place next year.
Last Thursday in the 12th week of the 18-week Stratford & District Airgun League season Wilmcote did it again, shooting 231 points in their match against MEB.
Still top of the league with maximum points from their matches, they seem unbeatable with very consistent shooting, scoring only bulls and fours.
The Clarke brothers Jamie and Adam both shot 34 and four shooters scored 33. MEB only had six shooters and, although Paul Onions and Fred Williams both shot 32, the team never had a real chance of success.
Binton A were at home to Avon. Andy Smith was top shot, hitting his fifth possible in league matches. Michelle Dale missed just one bull for 34 and Gary Hooper and Wayne Harris both shot 33 which was a personal best for Harris.
Avon introduced a new shooter to their team – Mark Walster – who did very well shooting 33, which was matched by Colin Fulford. Both teams had eight shooters and, after disregarding the lowest score, the final result was 229-219 to Binton A.
The second Binton team were away shooting against Snitterfield. The home team took an early lead but were pressed by Binton shooters who kept their shots tight, except for one scoring three to Snitterfield’s three.
In the final event it was the more experienced shooters in the Snitterfield team who won through with 216 points to Binton’s 210.
Avenue A missed two of their experienced shooters and fielded a new shooter who struggled with the unfamiliar. Steve Parrack shot 33 and he, together with Ben Withers from Clifford, had the highest scores in the match.
Avenue shot consistent 29s but Clifford shooters did rather better with Ian Perkins shooting 32 and Roy Brookes 31. Clifford came out winners with 211 points.