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Binton A maintain pressure in title race

Liam Moakes 14th Nov, 2018

AVENUE had only six shooters for their Stratford & District Airgun League week ten clash against Binton A and it was no surprise to see the latter win 224-203.

Avenue’s top shot was Alan Crichton with 33 but the team just does not have the consistency of Binton’s shooters which included 34 from Collin Hayes.

Andy Smith has missed one bull in each of the team’s eight matches to score 34s but this time he went one better and got his first possible of the season for the victors.

Avon enjoyed a 224-213 victory over Home Guard. The first shooter on each team – Nick Williams (Avon) and Gareth Morris (HG) – shot 33 before Avon took the lead with 32 from Bill Fleming and 31 from Richard Groom.

Shooting only fours and bulls, Avon kept the pressure on, ending with 32 from Alison McMillan and 33 from Steve Ray. Home Guard shooters mainly kept their shots tight but they did not hit as many bulls as the visitors.

Binton B started with a season-best 30 from Bill Gately and then pressed on with 31 from three of their next four shooters to give them a seven-point lead against MEB, from which they did not look back as they secured a 212-204 victory.

The fate of MEB was sealed when Binton’s final shooter Chris Green was unlucky to miss one bull for a season-best score of 34.

TJ Hooker, who moved to MEB when the Clifford team folded, is shooting better than ever this season with an improvement to 27.52 in his averages. He started the team off with a solid 32 but, with a few loose threes and less bulls than Binton, MEB lost the match.

Wilmcote had a free week but remain top of the league with 14 points from eight matches and a team average of 225.13. Binton A lie second – also with 14 points from eight matches and a team average of 223.75 – and Avon are third, yet again with 14 points from eight matches and a team average of 221.67.

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