Air ri­fle league un­der­way as Sport­ing Lions start de­fence of their ti­tle

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

THE Sport­ing Lions be­gan the de­fence of their ti­tle in the Hinck­ley Air Ri­fle League with a com­fort­able vic­tory over their guests from Bed­worth Ex Ser­vice­men’s Club.

Upon win­ning the toss Bed­worth elected to shoot first but they failed to take full ad­van­tage of this as they strug­gled to a 186 to­tal that in­cluded 27s from Robert Wagstaff and Jackie Bend, James Bend’s 28, and Bill Bend’s 29.

This was eas­ily beaten by the Lions who con­sis­tently outscored their op­po­nents. They started strongly with 29s from Glen Dain­ter and Todd Astill, af­ter which there were 28s from Karl Bunt­ing and Taryn Cock­er­ill, Me­lanie Jenk­ins’ 27, and 26s from Lee John­son and Jeanette Mulkeirins, all of which took them to 193 and a seven shot vic­tory.

Tay­lor & Ayre wel­comed Hinck­ley Phoenix to The Barn in Bar­well, where the hosts won the toss and shot first.

Top scores came from Aly Steele and Giles Headley who each shot a 28; Jim Gib­ney and the league’s 2017/18 best un­der-16 shooter, Glenn Foxon, both scored 27s; and John Or­ton com­pleted T&A’s first half scor­ing with a 26.

Barry Wright got the Phoenix re­ply off to a de­cent start with his 27, whilst a re­turn­ing Fred Knowles hit 25, af­ter which Karen and Craig Bown closed the half with a 27 and 26 re­spec­tively. Af­ter the sup­per break Paul Grif­fin and Phil Steele’s scores of 27 and 26 com­pleted the home ef­fort, whilst the visi­tors’ Barry Robin­son and Ge­off Her­bert also scored 26s, with their an­chor man Ian Ratheram go­ing one bet­ter with his 27. Hence T&A won the match 189-184.

The clos­est match of the night oc­curred at the Grey­hound Inn where the Tro­jans played host to the Hounds. Put in by their hosts, the Hounds started slowly but grad­u­ally im­proved as the match pro­gressed with Brian Allen’s 26 pre­ced­ing Lee Fos­kett’s 27, Richard Allen’s 28 and Paul Hud­dle­stone’s 30.

The re­sult­ing 185 to­tal seemed rea­son­ably com­pet­i­tive but wasn’t quite enough as the Tro­jans reached 189 thanks to the 26s of Nigel Jack­son, Dar­ren Houghton and Rob For­man; Dave Brown’s 28; and the 29s of Phil Hood and Leigh Hall.

The only other match of the night, be­tween Ashby Road and their Small­shaws guests, re­sulted in the big­gest win­ning mar­gin.

Nei­ther team’s first half shot par­tic­u­larly well, each pro­duc­ing a soli­tary 26, from Richard White for Ashby Road and Chris Slimm for Small­shaws, but this changed for both teams in the sec­ond half.

The home team’s im­prove­ment was par­tic­u­larly marked as Neil Smith’s open­ing 27 was fol­lowed by Lor­raine White’s 26, Sea­mus Moore’s 28, and the 29s of David White and Pete Fin­ney.

Small­shaws also im­proved af­ter the break with Tom Williams’ open­ing 27 be­ing fol­lowed by Craig West’s 26 and Bob West’s 29 but this wasn’t good enough to bring them close to their op­po­nents, the fi­nal score be­ing 190180 in Ashby Road’s favour.

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