Lions do the dou­ble against Phoenix in the cup and league

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

IN the Hinck­ley Air Ri­fle League it is un­usual for two teams to shoot against each other two weeks in suc­ces­sion but the ran­dom va­garies of a cup draw meant that this week that hap­pened twice with each of last week’s cup matches re­peated in this week’s league pro­gram, al­beit with the home and away teams swapped.

The mar­gin of this week’s Sport­ing Lions vic­tory wasn’t quite as wide as the pre­vi­ous week but it was com­pre­hen­sive none­the­less.

On this oc­ca­sion it was the vis­it­ing Phoenix side that shot first and they had a rea­son­able first half with Barry Wright’s open­ing 27 be­ing fol­lowed by the 28s of Karen Bown and Roxy Ratheram.

How­ever it soon be­gan to be painfully ob­vi­ous that this would prove in­ad­e­quate as Glen Dain­ter’s open­ing 30 was fol­lowed by a trio of 29s from Todd Astill, Karl Bunt­ing and Jeanette Mulkeirins (all coin­ci­den­tally miss­ing their last shot), be­fore Lee John­son closed the half with an­other 30.

Luke Haskin’s 27 and Ian Ratheram’s 28 were the only scores of note in the Phoenix sec­ond half, help­ing them to 188 but whilst the Lions sec­ond half also strug­gled a lit­tle the 28 from Me­lanie Jenk­ins did help them to twelve shot vic­tory with 200.

The other re­peat saw the Hounds shoot­ing first at Ashby Road Sports Club but they failed to im­pose them­selves on the match, the best scores in their 182 to­tal be­ing Paul Hud­dle­stone’s 29, Andy Mitchell’s 28, and the 26s of Roy Pritchard and Denise Kato.

Ashby Road had lit­tle dif­fi­culty in beat­ing this to gain their first league vic­tory of the sea­son with the 29s of Sea­mus Moore and Pete Fin­ney; the 28s of David White and Richard White; and the 27s of Paul Holy­land, Lor­raine White and Chris Rose (scored de­spite a painful fall from a pear tree ear­lier in the day) all com­bin­ing to give them their 195 to­tal.

The Tro­jans main­tained their per­fect start to the sea­son with their fourth con­sec- utive win, this time against the trav­el­ling Ashby Road ‘B’.

The vis­i­tors shot first and, de­spite hav­ing just seven shoot­ers, set their hosts a rea­son­able 192 tar­get thanks to Jon Storer’s 29; the 28s of Neil Price and Jeff Goodyer; the 27s of Mar­tyn Wood, Alf Shore and Mike San­some; and Kim Baker’s 26.

The re­ply from the Tro­jans started slowly with a cou­ple of 26s from Dave Brown and Dar­ren Houghton but soon got on track when Rob For­man and Leigh Hall closed the first half with 28 and 29 re­spec­tively.

Sec­ond half 29s cour­tesy of Mark Smith and Chris Sills left last man Will Cham­bers need­ing 26 to take the vic­tory which he just man­aged to take the Tro­jans to­tal to 193.

The New Plough’s win at the Bar­well home of Small­shaws was al­most as close.

The home side their guests a rea­son­able 189 tar­get thanks to Jackie West’s ex­cel­lent 30, the 28s of Jamie Slimm and Bob West, Tom Wil­liams’ 27, and Si­mon Grew­cock’s 26 but this wasn’t quite good enough as Daniel Lakin’s open­ing 29 helped the New Plough to a 191 to­tal that also in­cluded Paul Bar­well’s 27, Nigel Hill’s 28, and the 29s of John Bray and Tom Bray.

Tay­lor & Ayre hosted Bed­worth ExSer­vice where the vis­i­tors shoot­ing first. Mick Cryer opened with a 27, An­drew Cryer and James Bend both missed the bull with their first shots but then set­tled down to score 29s whilst Jackie Bend had the same start but also missed her last, scor­ing 28.

T&A’s first half re­sponded strongly, Aly Steele scor­ing 27, Steve Vin­cent a 28 and Giles Headley 29. How­ever the evening’s rev­e­la­tion was new young team mem­ber Glenn Foxon who didn’t let the three scored with his first shot phase him, go­ing on to score four con­sec­u­tive bulls and a clos­ing four to end up with an ex­cel­lent 27, af­ter which Phil Steele con­cluded the half’s en­ter­tain­ment with a 26.

Bed­worth’s sec­ond half was short and sweet with Bob Wagstaff and Bill Bend both scor­ing 28s whilst the home team went one bet­ter with Paul Grif­fin scor­ing a very cred­itable 28 and Dar­ren Hicks clos­ing the match with the 29 that took the score line to 194-190 in T&A’s favour.

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