Who is the top Sporting clay shot in Britain? James Marchington reports from Barbury Shooting School in Wiltshire, where the nation’s top clayshooters are battling to become king of the castle, and win the prestigious British Open English Sporting title.
The British Open is a tough one which isn’t won by someone who’s just having a good day. The winner has to shoot a 120-target qualifier, a 75-target final, and then beat the top challengers in a nerve-racking six-way super-final in front of an eager crowd of spectators.
The challenging 120-target qualifier whittled down the 1,250+ entries, with the top scores from each qualifying day invited back to shoot the 75-bird final on Sunday morning. The start list included all the big names in Sporting: George Digweed, Richard Faulds, Richard Bunning, Sam Green, Chris Childerhouse, Martin Myers and more.
The final threw up some surprises though, with the hot favourites failing to qualify for the six-man super-final.
Chris Childerhouse and Sam Usher led the field with 69, Martin Myers had 68, and after a shoot-off among the 67s it was Martin Doughty, Nathan Skinner and Julian Freeman who completed the super-final line-up.
And that’s when things got really interesting… Watch the video to see how it ended. And for the full results see the CPSA website.
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