BINTON B lead the way with 12 points after the eighth of 14 rounds in the Stratford & District Airgun League Webley Shield competition.
Second-placed Avenue have ten points and MEB complete the top three with eight points. With six rounds of matches still to play, the competition is still wide open.
Andy Smith remains top of the Webley averages after adding another possible to his total, now averaging 34.38. Jamie Clarke and Alison McMillan sit jointly in second position with averages of 34.
ANDY SMITH retained the league’s Roderick Baker crown with an exciting victory over Nick Williams in the final.
The contest was held at Binton Social Club and, after some eventful shooting, it was Smith who prevailed in what was his third successive final.
This format pits one shooter from each team, as well as last year’s cup winner, against each other in a seven-shot knockout. Again, the turnout was disappointing as half of the teams did not field an entrant, leaving five competitors.
In the preliminary match defending champion Smith took on four-time winner and Wilmcote representative Paul Clingan who set the standard in scoring 33.2, only to be overtaken by Smith with 35.6.
In the semi-finals Williams (33.4), representing Avon, beat Derek Powers (28) who was shooting for MEB. The other semi was a battle between shooters from Binton A as Smith got a perfect score with seven clean bulls (35.7) to narrowly beat Chris Reed (35.2) and progress to the final.
The high scores continued in the final as Smith (34.4) did just enough to retain the Roderick Baker trophy against Williams (33.3).
THE THIRD Stratford league Paper Target Challenge will take place at Wilmcote Social Club on Saturday 10.
Shooting commences at 7.30pm, with the range set to accommodate four shooters for each 25-minute detail. Entries to be submitted on the night, as time is limited shooters are requested to register early.
As in previous years, the competition is split into three classes based on shooters’ Baildham averages up until the end of February. There will be a winner from each class and the class breakdown and competition rules are available on the website.