After months of lockdown closures, clay shooters are eagerly getting back to their sport. Shoots up and down the country saw strong entries over the weekend of 24-25 April 2021 – and the top shots have got straight back into their stride, posting excellent scores despite the enforced layoff.
Richard Faulds (pictured above) took the honours at the Lyalvale Express Masters with a terrific score of 115 ex 120, one target ahead of PA Smith. Close behind in AAA were James Attwood, James Bradley-Day and Sam Green, level on 112. DJM Bishop won AA class, also with 112.
Several of the top names also shot the South West Championships and England Selection Shoot at Barbury over the weekend, where Martin Doughty reigned supreme over a particularly tricky course. Martin shot 93 ex 100 to win outright, ahead of Steve Brightwell and Sean Gamblen on 92. Sean took the South West seniors title, with Alan Pratt winning veterans, Lauren Goodman ladies and Ollie Keates juniors.
Barbury has seen substantial work over the lockdown, with its smart new clubhouse looking good in the weekend sunshine. The ground has a busy schedule of competitions ahead, with 100 Sporting and 100 Sportrap registered events coming up this Bank Holiday Monday 3 May, and the English Open Sporting Championship from 19 to 23 May.
Lyalvale Express Masters full results here.
SW Championships & England Selection Shoot full results here.