George Digweed’s Essex Masters headlines a weekend of competition across the disciplines

George Digweed hit 191ex-200 on the first rotations of day one at the Essex Gun Masters to secure victory early at Hepworth Hall Shooting Ground.

Despite the 26-time world champion saying to Clay Shooting last week that he left two targets out there, his score went unchallenged throughout six days and claimed his seventh victory at the event in its 15-year history.

Richard Faulds came close to George with 190 on the same day, and this wasn’t matched until the weekend when Chris Daniels forces a Runner Up shoot-off. Despite this, Richard won a tense head-t0-head to claim the second-place prize.

Cheryl Hall dominated the Ladies category with 179, eight targets clear of her closest rival, and Jake Moore hit 184 to top Henry Collins and Aaron Harvey in Juniors.

Double Rise

Sporting shooter John Lee made the trip to Nottingham for the Double Rise English Open on Saturday after shooting the Essex Masters earlier in the week, and showed his versatility by hitting 95ex-100 to win High Gun.

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Austin Coxhead and Paul Chaplow hit 91 apiece and had to shoot-off to decide the Runner Up position, which went in favour of Paul. Meanwhile Joe Booth and Jack Richards had a shoot-off of their own to determine the Juniors champion that saw Joe crowned the winner.

The Colts category went to 13-year-old Izzy Thurnell, but her day wasn’t done, as her score also topped the Ladies category.

Proud dad Martin with double-double Double Rise champion Izzy Thurnell

Proud dad Martin with double-double Double Rise champion Izzy Thurnell

On Sunday, Michael Turner shot well to win the British Open Double Rise trophy, and Izzy managed to pull a double-double, by also winning the Ladies and Colts British Open championships.

Olympic Trap

Saturday saw the Ladies Olympic Trap UK Championship take place at Nuthampstead Shooting Ground, which saw Caroline Povey hit 72ex-75 to win the title ahead of Abbey Ling and Sarah Wixey.

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The men’s competition finished on day two, which went to Adam Gutteridge on a good score of 122ex-125. After getting through to the final against Aaron Heading, Adam continued to shoot well and missed just two targets to take the gold medal of the selection shoot as well.

Compak

At Owl’s Lodge Shooting School, the Compak selection shoot saw Jonathan Kendall and Henry Arnold finish on top with 97 each. Amy Easeman topped Ladies, Josh Bridges and Nathan Skinner tied for first in Juniors on 94, while Nigel Hart and Glen Hunt hit 96 in Veterans and Frank Haigh and Dennis Webb shot 88 in Super Veterans.

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