Matt Hance won the Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s Watchfinder Royal Flush competition with a score of 86 ex-100, with Chris Childerhouse and Andrew Clifton runners-up on 84.
Coinciding with the arrival of Storm Gareth, competitors had to contend with strong, blustery winds which made for an even more challenging competition than usual.
Matt, from nearby Wantage in Oxfordshire, commented “I am absolutely thrilled to win. I have shot game since I was six and have done a lot of clay shooting over the years. I started shooting at the Royal Berkshire over 30 years ago and have enjoyed shooting a multitude of competitions at the grounds over the years.
“I must say that of all of these events, I feel that the Watchfinder Royal Flush is the most enjoyable, varied, all round simulated game shooting experience. The five sequences cover all of the techniques needed and you never know how it is going to go. It is very addictive.”
Out of 550 entries, 27 shooters qualified for the final, with some of the country’s most talented shots competing for the top prize of a shooting wardrobe by James Purdey & Sons, as well as £1,000 for the top gun on each sequence.
Sequence winners were Cedric Bedet straighting the Pesky Pigeon with 20 ex-20, Dan Bishop scoring 19 ex-20 on the La Perdix Partridge, Will Thatcher scoring 18 ex 20 on the Fantastic Pheasant, Chris Childerhouse scoring 18 ex-20 on the Perfect Partridge. John Smith and James Attwood both scored 19 ex-20 on the Glorious Grouse and elected to share the prize money.