IN the last two matches of the season, Country Lads showed no fear of joint runaway league leaders Esk Valley and Patch by beating them both.
Their more than comfortable victory over Esk Valley owed much to a 99 from Maxine Atkinson and 97s from Sam Atkinson and Robert Lamerton.
Esk Valley may argue, with some justification, that if they had not been let down by the fifth member of their team, the result could well have been different.
Although missing out on the top two places in the main Gunscore League, Country Lads had some consolation by winning the Handicap League from Whitehall by three points.
Top shot Steve Baker’s contribution to Whitehall’s success cannot be overvalued and he finished the season with an average of 98.25.
In the race to win the prestigious ‘most hundreds’ competition, Steve finished with a total of five, drawing level with Jackie Hay, who could only manage 96 rather than the 100 she needed to take the title.
Jackie finished with an average of 97.85 with Nigel Scarth and Derek Atkinson in joint third place with 97.6
A solid rather than spectacular performance by Patch saw them crowned B League champions.
Looking back over the season, Patch will attribute their success to not only shooting well, but also to team spirit with no members of their team missing a single match.
Although inflicting two defeats on Patch, Watkinson’s finished in second place and will point to two unexpected losses to Farmers as one of the reasons for their failure to secure top spot.
Jeff Kenworthy’s 96 was the highest score of the week closely followed by Trish Rutland and Jean Welham who both had 95 for Patch to ensure a vital win over an out of sorts Firemens team.
Patch also took the Handicap League title away from Farmers. Shooting a man short, Farmers could not better the Average score which lost them the Handicap League trophy by just a single point.
Highest average in B League went to Jeff Kenworthy with 94.4 closely followed by Brian Gibbons with 93.94 and Colin Rutland with 93.4
A League Results
Country Lads 386 M Atkinson 99 S Atkinson 97 R Lammerton 97 D Atkinson beat Esk Valley 378 N Scarth 98 J Hay 96 C Williamson 94 RL Dawson 90
Whitehall 385 SP Baker 98 M Ware 97 T Coates 96 D Lawrence 94 beat Wrong Trousers 370 P Hurworth 96 J Stokoe 92 B Stokoe 91 P Lindley 91
Average 379 beat Castle Park 370 C Moore 95 C Dossor 93 R Oliver 91 M Dossor 91
B League Results
Patch 374 J Welham 95 P Rutland 95 C Rutland 92 I Harrison 92 beat Firemen 356 B Gibbons 94 P Cattermole 94 M Holmes 84 H Russell 84
Watkinson 362 J Kenworthy 96 J Headley 91 N Sawdon 88 J Hugill 87 beat Universal 352 M Troughton 90 M Noble 86 G Flower 83 K Hodgson 83
Average 361 beat Farmers 351 Y Williamson 94 D Hill 90 Brown 85 RM Franks 82