Clingan clinches Snap Shoot title

Thursday 29 November 2012 Updated: 29/11 11:37

WILMCOTE marksman Paul Clingan won the Snap Shoot competition for the third time in five years at the Avon Sports Bar last week.

Only seven shooters entered the event in which they have just one minute to fire five pellets.

Trevor Morris (Clifford) was first to reach the required score of 22 points to take part in the final shoot-off.

Paul Clingan (Wilmcote) also qualified at his first attempt by scoring 23 although he went on to have further practice attempts scoring 23, 24 and 20.

Andrew Clingan (Wilmcote), who has been shooting for a number of years and re-joined the league this year qualified at his second attempt, as did Jamie Clarke (Avon) and Andy Smith (Binton A).

Holder Will Cemis (Binton A), who has also won the competition twice in the last five years, needed three attempts to reach the qualifying standard.

Ian Perkins (Clifford) failed to reach the necessary 22 points and did not take part in the shoot-off in which “clean” bulls counted as 5.1 points.

Will Cemis ran out of time and only shot four pellets which put him out of the running, while Andy Smith shot all fours for 20 points.

Andrew Clingan’s first shot was a clean bull but a three with his fourth pellet spoiled his chances.

Trevor Morris and Jamie Clarke both shot 21 and went into a second place deciding match which the former edged 22.2-22

Paul Clingan, who shot quickly and accurately, emerged triumphant with 23.2 points.

Meanwhile, Binton A stretched their unbeaten record at the top of the Stratford Air Gun League with a 215-207 victory over Avon SC.

Both teams fielded eight shooters and highest scorer was Binton’s John Parrott with 33 closely followed by Andy Smith 32.

Binton, as accurate as ever, had only two threes on the scorecard and one of those was disregarded when it came to the final tally.

Avon were well served by Colin Fulford 32, Jamie Clarke 31, then 29 from Bill Fleming 29, Steve Ray 29, Richard Groom 29 and Alison McMillan 29.

Captain Rob Johnson, who has not shot for five weeks due to injury, returned to help fire Binton B, who recorded their best score for four weeks, to 203-194 victory at Home Guard

Chris Green and Ben Chamberlain kept out of the threes for 31 and 30 respectively, while Sam Powell also shot 30 but with three bulls and a three.

Home Guard’s Steve Hodges shot a solid 30, while Richard and Jackie Mills scored 29 and kept out of the threes as did Bill Gately who shot par 28.

Wilmcote completed a comfortable 214-199 victory over MEB.

Fred Williams shot a respectable 31 for MEB to which Sheila Clarke 30 and Jan Beattie 29 added.

Wilmcote had eight shooters with the honours going to Andrew Clingan 34 and brother Paul Clingan 33 with good support coming from Andrea Norris 31, Brian Adshead 30, Paul Boazman 29 and Tim Stephens 29.

Some members of the Clifford team were stranded by the local flooding which meant their clash against Avenue was cancelled.

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