Practically perfect DTL

Elis Jones shot an almost perfect 100/299 to take high gun and help Clwyd secure victory in the Welsh Inter-County DTL championship at Mid Wales Shooting Ground, writes Allan Jones.

A squad of Anglesey shooters, prepare to shoot their next line

More than 100 competitors gathered to contest the title, representing Anglesey, Clwyd, Gwynedd, Powys, Mid Glamorgan, Gwent and Dyfed, with Gwent fielding a team of colts and Powys a team of juniors. The weather was dull and damp, contrasting with the mood of the shooters who were bright and cheery.

The ground was running like a well-oiled machine, and there were several perfect 25/75s on the scoreboard by the end of the first round. Elis Jones came close to the magic 300 by the end, needing his second barrel just the once, on his 88th target, enough to retain the senior high gun trophy, and take the overall high gun as well. Captain’s cup winner was Mid Glamorgan’s Tim Howells with 99/294. 

There was a new name on the ladies high gun trophy, won by Elizabeth Walton-James, a new cap from Mid Glamorgan. Veteran high gun was Rus Thomas from Gwynedd with a 288. Mid Glamorgan’s Tim Howells added the super vet high gun to his trophy collection with 294, but only after a shoot-off with Powys super vet Thomas Griffiths. Mid Glamorgan’s Ryan Walker took junior high gun with 95/278, and Gwent’s Cal Pritchard won colts with 91/260.

Winning team was Clwyd who had a total of 2,304, pushing Gwent on 2,259 into runner-up position once again. Trophies were presented by WCTSA chairman Rob Harrison.

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