Natalie is British Skeet champion

Natalie Bales is the 2020 British Open English Skeet champion, beating both Archy Stannard and Sam Green in a shoot-off for the title at the Bisley National Clay Shooting Centre on 23 August.

Natalie Bales beat Archy Stannard and Sam Green in the shoot-off for the title

All three had scored 100-straight over the three days of the competition, despite difficult and very windy conditions. Archy, from Norfolk, was the first to score a perfect 100, shooting on the Saturday. The next day Sam joined him at the top of the leaderboard, followed by Natalie.

The three gathered for the shoot-off only for Archy to miss his first target out. The other two cleared their full round, leaving Archy in third place, and the winner of the Juniors category.

Sam and Natalie went to a sudden death battle on the middle peg for the title. After two minutes and 28 seconds Sam let one away, while Natalie didn’t falter, snatching the championship to add to her English Open title from 2016.

Archy commented after the shoot: “Well done to everyone who shot, and it was very nice to see you all again. Thank you to National Clay Shooting Centre for holding a brilliant event, and also a massive thank you Shadwell Stud for all the support. Also thank you to my family for all of the support that they’ve given me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you lot!”

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