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Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 09/01 19:02
THE Webley Shield competition got under way last week when the final Stratford Air Gun League fixture list was reversed.
Avenue SSC slipped to a 218-214 defeat at home to Wilmcote SSC who had a handicap of 16 points.
After four shooters, Avenue were only three points behind but Wilmcote’s rearguard shooters of Andrew Clingan 34, brother Paul Clingan 32 and Andrea Norris 32 were much more accurate.
Binton B were edged out 209-207 by Avon SC in a match decided by the final two shooters.
Binton’s league average score of 202 plus Avon’s handicap of nine points should not have worried Avon who shot 223 points when the teams last met.
However, the match proved to be much closer than expected as Avon’s shooters almost without exception shot below par.
Avon’s last man Steve Ray shot 33 which put the pressure on Binton’s relatively inexperienced Angie Powell to shoot 28 to draw on points.
Unfortunately, the pressure proved too much and with two loose shots, Binton ended just short.
Binton A had to give Home Guard 15 points but could only field five shooters and suffered a 216-208 defeat.
Binton’s top scorers were Chris Reed 32, Andy Smith 31 and Will Cemis 31.
Home Guard had eight shooters but struggled to find the bull. Jackie Mills managed 31 which, along with the handicap, won the match.
Five handicap points helped Clifford record a 210-206 success over MEB.
Both teams fielded eight shooters and shot above their average but only Clifford’s Chris Ward shot more than two bulls.
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