THE STRATFORD & District Airgun League team triumphed by 17 shots overall against the Redditch league outfit in their inter-league contest.
The second leg was hosted by Redditch at Studley Sports & Social Club (The Entaco) and was contested under Redditch rules, which differ from Stratford in that there were ten shooters in each team – each having five shots and one sighter.
The match was shot five in, five out, with Stratford’s first five shooters going first, followed by Redditch’s first five, then Stratford’s remaining five shooters before Redditch’s last five shooters finished off the match.
Additionally, Redditch imposed a time limit for each shooter which allowed eight minutes starting from the moment the shooter arrived at the shooting table.
Stratford went into the match with a three-point lead which they built on as Jamie Clarke shot the maximum 25 points, Andy Smith missed just one bull for 24 and three other shooters – including Alan Crichton shooting in his debut match as a league representative – got 23s.
Redditch shooters failed to shoot as well as they did in the first leg and halfway through the second leg Stratford were 11 points ahead.
Stratford went from strength to strength with Alison McMillan and Will Cemis getting 24s, whilst last-minute substitutes Bill Fleming and Sammy Skye Unitt did well, especially as Sammy – also in her debut match – had to borrow a left-handed rifle.
Stratford won the second leg 232-218 to prevail overall by 17 points.
On Monday the second leg of Stratford’s inter-league match for the Avon Challenge Trophy will take place at Wilmcote Social Club against Evesham.