SHOOTERS from the Stratford & District Airgun League are celebrating after retaining the Inter-League Trophy with victory in the second leg of their contest against Evesham.
Having won the home leg, Stratford representatives travelled with seven points in hand looking for a clean sweep and with three Stratford members still having a chance of clinching the Bill Amos Trophy.
Stratford shot well on their home target but who would have thought they could go better? Stratford shot unbelievably well with three possibles on the night from Jamie Clarke, Paul Clingan and Will Cemis.
Stratford scored an amazing 272 points, dropping just eight shots, with additional 34s from Andy Smith, Adam Clarke and Andy Morris. Steve Ray and Michelle Dale shot 33 and 32 respectively.
Evesham also improved with a score of 266 but were no match as Stratford retained the trophy with a six-point away leg victory and an overall win by 13 points.
The Bill Amos Trophy was shared between Paul Clingan and Will Cemis but Paul, because he had held it previously, graciously decided to pass the trophy to Will as he had not.
THE THOMPSON Knockout Cup quarter-finals saw Wilmcote give no quarter in their match against Avenue B, with Graham East and Adam Clarke hitting possibles and 34 from Jamie Clarke to score 228 points.
Three of Avenue’s six shooters kept out of the threes. Andrew Radbourne shot wonderfully to get his first career possible and the first possible for his team in a good number of years.
Chris Adams missed only one bull for a career-best of 34 and Ian Bridge equalled his personal best score of 30.
An A N Other score of 28 brought their total to 209 which gave Wilmcote a place in the semi-finals.
Snitterfield were on target, shooting only bulls and fours for 223 points. Four of their shooters – Gareth Morris, Tom Morris, Tim Stephens and Andy Morris – all scored 34.
Steve Hodges got Binton B’s best score with 33. Ian Powell and Chris Green both shot 31 but it was not enough and with an A N Other score of 28 they finished on 210, leaving Snitterfield to take their place in the semi-finals.
Binton A were also on target with possibles from Andy Smith and Will Cemis and 34 from Chris Reed. Their total was 229, the highest score of the week.
MEB shot well but could not match Binton’s accuracy. Dave Beasley shot 33 and Paul Onions 32 but with an A N Other score they finished on 209.
Avenue A shot against Clifford but, despite 34 from Steve Parrack and 33 from James Wilby and Paul Lowe, they did not win the match.
Clifford’s Trevor Morris shot 33 and Roy Brookes and Dave Sibley shot 32 but at the final accounting the score was a draw and as the Observer went to press the match was due to be re-shot to determine who will go into the semi-final against Binton A.