WHAT a difference a week makes.
From a week of largely moderate scores in round nine to a week of three 100s in round 10 of the Whitby and District Shooting League.
Shooting for Castle Park, Max Dossor notched the first hundred of his shooting career but even that was not enough to guide his team to a much needed win, losing to Average by just two points.
Double 100s from Jackie Hay and Nigel Scarth saw Esk Valley through to a more than comfortable win over Country Lads.
Narrowly missing out on the coveted maximum score on several occasions during this season and last, Nigel will feel that he has broken through the mental barrier and there may be more to come.
Best team score of the week and the team most likely to challenge the unbeaten Esk Valley side, Phoenix easily accounted for Whitehall who will be disappointed not to have mounted more of a challenge.
All the Phoenix team scored well with Matt Marsay’s 98 being the best.
The reliable Steve Baker replied with 98 to maintain his high average score but Whitehall could not match the consistency shown by what is proving to be a good Phoenix team.
Apart from one or two good individual performances, scores in B League were nothing to get excited about.
Firemen strolled to an easy victory over a handicapped Farmers side who shot with a severely weakened team.
If awards were made for the performance of the week, Mel Geer shooting for Firemen would be a serious contender.
Mel’s 96, apart from being her personal best by a huge margin, was one reason why Firemen returned a good team score.
Also for Firemen a welcome return to form by Paul Cattermole who shot 97.
In their matches so far, Watkinson’s have beaten Patch on three occasions in what have been keenly contested, closely fought matches.
That run was brought to an end in round 10 when Patch gained their revenge with a resounding win by eight points - 93 was the second best score on either side but the main difference in the Patch win was a season’s best score of 97 from Trish Rutland.
Results, A League
Esk Valley 386 J Hay 100 N Scarth 100 M Robinson 94 C Williamson 92 beat Country Lads 375 R Lamerton 96 M Atkinson 95 D Atkinson 95 S Atkinson 89,
Phoenix 388 M Marsay 98 S Darrington 97 J Halley 97 J Stokoe 96 beat Whitehall 380 S Baker 98 T Coates 96 D Lawrence 96 M Ware 90, Average 382 beat Castle Park 380 M Dossor 100 A Eddon 95 R Oliver 93 C Dossor 92.
Firemen 373 P Cattermole 97 M Geer 96 B Gibbons 90 M Holmes 90 beat Farmers 350 Y Williamson 93 J Elliott 90 R Franks 84 M Noble 83, Patch 376 P Rutland 97 C Rutland 93 I Harrison 93 J Wood 93 beat Watkinson’s 368 M Bennett 93 J Headley 93 J Kenworthy 92 I Addams 90.