Esk Valley raise the bar in week four

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WITH four wins in a row, Esk Valley are setting the pace in a league closely followed by Phoenix, who have only dropped two points in the Whitby and District Rifle Club League.

Before the last man finished shooting for Esk Valley in week, 386 was the highest team total but Colin Williamson’s 98 added to 98s from Jackie Hay and Nigel Scarth, lifted the bar by two points – still a long way short of the club record of 399 set by a Cleveland Potash team over 25 years ago.

With only one maximum score so far this term, 99 proved to be the best of the week from Steve Baker, not enough though to prevent Whitehall losing to Country Lads by 11 points which qualifies as the surprise result of the week.

Phoenix meanwhile, are proving a hard nut to crack. With 98 from Matt Marsay and Simon Darrington, a good score was always on the cards and so it proved with a below par Castle Park on the wrong end of a 13 point defeat.

In B League, a modest performance by Watkinson’s saw them scrape home by a solitary point in their match against Patch.

Ironically both top scorers in the match were in the Patch team, Charlie Orr and Jean Wood, shooting 95.

Bad luck or misfortune also played a significant part in Patch’s defeat when Colin Rutland had a problem with his rifle which resulted in him returning an unusually low score.

Without that Patch would have undoubtedly won and avenged their defeat in the opening round of the season.

Undefeated Firemen also recorded their fourth win in a row to beat Farmers with a score that would not have disgraced teams in the A League.

Brian Gibbons and Paul Cattermole both had 97 in a team total of 385, the highest from a B League team since February 2007.

Veteran Farmers shooter Yeoman Williamson turned the clock back to yesteryear to record a 96 – a sign perhaps that things are improving for Farmers who are without a win at this early stage of the season.

Results, A League

Country Lads 386 D Atkinson 97 S Atkinson 97 M Atkinson 95 R Lamerton 95 beat Whitehall 375 S Baker 99 T Coates 97 D Lawrence 92 M Ware 87; Phoenix 386 M Marsay 98 S Darrington 98 J Halley 96 J Stokoe 94 beat Castle Park 373 C Dossor 96 M Dossor 94 C Moore 93 R Oliver 90. Esk Valley 388 J Hay 98 C Williamson 98 N Scarth 98 M Robinson 94 beat Average 380.

B League

Watkinson’s 369 J Kenworthy 94 M Bennett 92 J Headley 92 M Troughton 91 beat Patch 368 J Wood 95 C Orr 95 P Rutland 90 I Harrison 88. Firemen 385 B Gibbons 97 P Cattermole 97 H Russell 91 I Clarkson 90 beat Farmers 361 Y Williamson 96 D Hill 92 R Franks 88 J Elliott 85.