Shooting
Clifford on target again

26/01 Updated: 01/02 19:27

IN-FORM Clifford maintained their unbeaten record in the Webley Shield with a splendid 238-22 victory at league winners Binton A.

Clifford, who were given a 35 point start, were well served by Rachael Brookes and Martin Robinson who scored personal bests of 31 and 29 respectively.

Chris Ward and Trevor Morris both shot better than their personal averages with 30s as did Amanda Pettitt who shot 28.

Tony Waters shot a par 28 and anchor man Roy Brookes, although equalling his best ever score, ended up having it scratched as he was Clifford’s eighth shooter.

Binton faced an uphill task but Gary Hooper and Will Cemis did their best by both getting a possible.

Records indicate that the last time two members of the same team shot a possible in the same match, was back in 2005 when Paul Clingan and the late Ray Warnock shot for MEB against Wilmcote.

Apart from John Parrott, whose shooting lacked his normal style and whose score ended up being scratched as the lowest of the eight shooters, Binton lacked consistency with 31s from Michelle Dale and Alan Dyer, plus 30s from Chris Reed, Neil Bragg and Neil Beningfield. It ensured a creditable 222 points but Clifford remain undefeated in this handicap competition.

Avenue, with the advantage of a 12 point handicap, triumphed 219-213 over visitors Wilmcote.

The visitors took an early lead with Paul Clingan’s fourth pellet letting him down for a possible, while Andrea Norris 32, Brian Adshead 31 and Alan Brookes 31 were also in good form.

John Maycock shot a solid 30 and Tim Stephens, looking to do the same, was let down when his last pellet scored a three.

Neither Paul Boazman nor Lyn Brookes shot as well as they can. Alison McMillan, shooting for Avenue, got her second highest score this season with 32.

Steve Everett shot 30 as did Dee Green who equalled her best score this season.

But the rest of the team were shooting only at or below par and it was down to anchor man Steve Ray to lift their score.

He was looking good for a possible but one pellet failed to ring the bell and he had to settle for 34.

MEB, who had a one point handicap advantage, enjoyed 208-198 victory over Binton B with a flurry of three’s bringing the scores down.

Fred Williams had the highest score for MEB with 32, while support came from the ever consistent Sheila Clarke who shot 31 for the seventh time in ten matches.

Oscar Thornton shot a creditable 29, par 28 was scored by both Ray Hodgkins and Jan Beattie, while Karl McMillan suffered from a couple of threes and was disappointed with 27.

Binton B gave a disappointing performance although Chris Green and Jon Packard both kept out of the threes and shot 31.

Roy Clarke and Ben Chamberlain both had a bull and a three with fours for 28 and Ian Powell, who for one reason or another has only shot once this season, did well to score two bulls for his 27.

The six-man side were boosted by an A N Other score of 27 but it was not enough.

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