Four matches a close run thing as just one shot sep­a­rates the sides

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

IT was a night for close re­sults in the Hinck­ley Air Ri­fle League with four of the five matches fin­ish­ing with no more than one shot be­tween the teams.

Prob­a­bly the most sig­nif­i­cant of these was held at the Grey­hound Inn where the un­beaten Tro­jans played host to Bed­worth Ex Ser­vice­men’s Club. Bed­worth had strug­gled in their pre­vi­ous two matches but the re­turn of Bill and Jackie Bend re­vi­talised the team, and seem­ingly Bill and Jackie them­selves as they, to­gether with son James, scored 30s which, to­gether with An­drew Cryer’s 29, the 27s of Mick Cryer and Robert Wagstaff, and Klaus Baker’s 26, took them to an ex­cel­lent 199 to­tal. The Tro­jans re­ply started well thanks to Nigel Jack­son’s 28 and con­tin­ued rea­son­ably strongly with Dave Brown’s 26, Phil Hood’s 27, Rob For­man’s 28, Leigh Hall’s 29 and Mark Smith’s 30. This left the re­main­ing home shoot­ers with need­ing to drop no more than two shots if they were to re­tain their un­beaten record. Sadly sub­se­quent scores of 25 and 23 meant that de­spite a clos­ing 30 from Chris Sills they fin­ished one be­hind their guests on 198.

The Sport­ing Lions took ad­van­tage of the slip-up from the Tro­jans to move to the top of the ta­ble thanks to their one shot home win over Ashby Road. The vis­i­tors did rea­son­ably well in their first half with Ali­son Fin­ney’s open­ing 28 be­ing fol­lowed by Ber­tie Bug­den’s 26 and Richard White’s 27 but the Lions did bet­ter thanks to Karl Bunting’s 27, Lee John­son’s 28, and Glen Dain­ter’s 29. How­ever Ashby Road’s sec­ond half did well through­out with the 26s of Neil Smith and Chris Rose dis­carded for Lor­raine White’s 27, the 28s of David White and Sea­mus Moore, and Pete Fin­ney’s 29. The re­sult­ing 193 looked like it might be enough un­til suc­ces­sive 30s from Todd Astill and Me­lanie Jenkins left the Lions’ last three shoot­ers need­ing a soli­tary 25 to take the vic­tory. The three had a lit­tle bit of trou­ble but Taryn Cockerill, de­spite be­ing un­der the weather, man­aged to score the vi­tal 25 that took their to­tal to 194.

The third one shot vic­tory of the night went to Hinck­ley Phoenix who just man­aged to outscore their New Plough Inn hosts. The two teams both showed ad­mirable con­sis­tency with Phoenix’s scores rang­ing from the 26s of Karen Bown and Colin Rusted’s to the 28s of Barry Wright and Luke Bown via the 27s of Sa­man­tha Hask­ins, Barry Robin­son and Ian Ratheram, whilst for the Plough­men there was a Nigel Hill 29; 28s from John Bray and Tom Bray; and 26s from Daniel Lakin, Paul Bar­well and Mick Stocker, but also a 25 that left them on the wrong end of a 189-188 re­sult.

The meet­ing be­tween Ashby Road ‘B’ and the trav­el­ling Small­shaws ended even closer, with the teams tied on 184 apiece. Jon Storer top scored for the home side with his 28, Jeff Goodyer added a 27, and there were 26s from Craig Shut­tle­worth, Kim Baker, Mike San­some and Alf Shore whilst for Small­shaws Chris Slimm and Jackie West scored 26s, Jamie Slimm man­aged a 27, and Tom Wil­liams top scored with a 28. How­ever the most mem­o­rable ef­fort came from last man on, Bob West, who, when his team looked to be head­ing to­wards de­feat, scored fives with his fi­nal two shots to score the 27 that gave them a share of the points.

The only match to buck the trend of close re­sults took place in Bar­well where Tay­lor & Ayre were vis­ited by the Hounds. The vis­i­tors won the toss and elected to shoot first but un­for­tu­nately their first half couldn’t take ad­van­tage with their best in­di­vid­ual of­fer­ing be­ing the 26 of Claire Barnes. This was soon shown to be grossly in­ad­e­quate by a T&A first half that in­clude Jim Gib­ney’s 27, the 28s of Aly Steele and John Orton, and a 30 from Giles Headley. The Hounds did bet­ter after the break with the 26s of Roy Pritchard and Richard Allen topped by Paul Hud­dle­stone’s 30 but the re­sult­ing 183 was nowhere near good enough as T&A reached 195 thanks to the 26s of Phil Steele and Nor­man Hall, and the 28s of Paul Grif­fin and Matt Hall.

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