50th Home In­ter­na­tional Sport­ing

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Eng­land man­aged to turn a six-tar­get deficit into a six-tar­get lead

Seven na­tions were rep­re­sented at this year’s Home In­ter­na­tional Sport­ing event held at West­field Shoot­ing Ground, with more than 160 shoot­ers tak­ing part over a 100-bird course, split into two ses­sions of 50 tar­gets.

Eng­land has dom­i­nated the event for decades, and the Se­nior team hasn’t lost the event since the 70s, but team man­ager Richard Hunter must have felt a lit­tle ner­vous at the lunch break at this year’s event!

Al­though Phil Ease­man of Eng­land had shot a phe­nom­e­nal 49 ex 50 in the morn­ing ses­sion, three of the Welsh team had posted 48s, which had helped the team to a six-point lead over Eng­land.

Al­though Phil con­tin­ued to shoot well in the af­ter­noon, he slipped down the or­der a lit­tle, and Rob Clay­brook of Wales emerged victorious in the in­di­vid­ual stand­ings with a 95, earn­ing him­self the pres­ti­gious High Gun tro­phy.

Martin Doughty took the run­ner-up spot jointly with Josh Kee­ble of Wales, on 93. Ease­man shared third place with two English team­mates and a North­ern Ir­ish shooter, and hav­ing that many com­peti­tors in the top spots en­sured that Eng­land man­aged to swing the scales in their favour, turn­ing a six-tar­get deficit into a six-tar­get lead by the end of the day.

Arnie Palmer had to shoot off for the Cap­tains’ Cup against Paul Hey­wood of Wales, but once again it went Eng­land’s way, as did the rest of the team events.

In­di­vid­ual wins for Eng­land in Se­niors, Vets and Ju­niors didn’t quite equate to a clean sweep, thanks to Ja­nine White’s 86 tak­ing the Ladies win for Wales.

A good day for Team Eng­land

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