It was an incredible week of shooting across two 75-bird Sporting courses, four 25-target Sportrap layouts, pool shoots and mini challenges that was topped off by a third win in three years for Mark Winser at the Clay Shooting Classic.
Mark demolished 72 of Steve Lovatt’s clays on the Blue course on the 9.30am rotation then matched that score on the Red area in the afternoon to beat Chris Broomfield’s score of 140 and win the top Zoli shotgun prize of a Z-Extra. Then, tired but still motivated, Mark took on the Classic Sportrap layout to try winning his second major championship of the day.
It was not to be as Paul Simpson’s score of 95 was going to be tough to beat. As the last person to win the title in 2006, Paul didn’t want to relinquish the title and his score looked good for the win, but Martin Myers arrived on the final day and matched it. During the shoot-off they went shot-for-shot on the first stand, so Steve set a tough simultaneous battue pair from a high tower that Martin struggled with, hitting just three out of ten for 11ex-20. Martin felt he had lost it, especially after Paul hit his first pair convincingly, but he never found them again and finished on 10.
Chris Biddlecombe’s 138 was enough for the AAA-class win. Gordon Boertien did a double joint High Gun in Veterans and AA-class with 134, and Janine White did the same in A-class and Ladies three targets back.
Josh Brown won a Hatsan from Edgar Brothers for his B-class win, as did Jeff Bone in C-class.
Aaron Harvey hit an incredible 131 in the Juniors category to beat David Ferriman, and Ronnie Green topped his Colt rivals to win a shotgun and Cheddite cartridges.
A video package will be available on Monday on Clay Shooting magazine’s YouTube channel and on a future show of Clay Shooting TV.
Final cash prizes will be announced next week.