Hat-trick of centuries for Atkinsons

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WITH the A League title and second place already decided, the last match of the Whitby and District Rifle Club shooting season was more about individual scores rather than team performances.

In a season when just ten 100s were recorded, three were shot in the final round, two of them in the same match.

In their match against Esk Valley, 19-year-old Sam Atkinson became the third member of the Atkinson family to hit the ultimate 100, a feat last achieved by the Maxfield family in the 1980s

Supported by his father Derek, another member of the 100 Club, with 99, Country Lads accounted for Esk Valley with six points to spare.

For Esk Valley, in another family affair, Jackie Hay replied with her second 100 of the season supported by her brother Nigel with 98, not enough though to match the Country Lads total of 385.

Steve Baker continued his run of good form by shooting the third 100 of the round and his fourth of the season for Whitehall in their 13 point win over Wrong Trousers. The Trousers team could not add to their win in the previous round, but Paul Hurworth with 98, leaving his best to last, hit his highest score of the season.

In B League, a dismal end to the season for Patch who suffered their third defeat in a row.

Although assured of the runners-up spot, Patch shot well below their best to lose by two points to a Firemens team who did nothing spectacular to win.

Highest score in the match was 94 by Colin Rutland, not enough to prevent Patch ending the season with a poor run of results.

Watkinson’s also had that end of season feeling and were fortunate to beat a depleted Universal team by a single point.

Watkinson’s had Matt Marsay to thank for their narrow win, without his 96, the joint top score of the night, Watkinson’s would have been looking at a surprise defeat.

Best performance of the week was a two-point win by a bottom of the table Farmers team over Average.

While not back to his best, a 96 from David Hill was the main reason for Farmers registering only their fourth win of season.

Results, A League

Country Lads 385 S Atkinson 100 D Atkinson 99 M Atkinson 93 R Lamerton 93 beat Esk Valley 379 J Hay 100 N Scarth 98 D Noble 91 C Williamson 90; Whitehall 386 SP Baker 100 M Ware 96 T Coates 96 D Lawrence 94 beat Wrong Trousers 373 P Hurworth 98 P Lindley 93 J Stokoe 93 A Martin 89, Average 381 beat Castle Park 375 C Moore 96 A Eddon 94 M Dossor 93 C Dossor 92.

B League

Firemen 361 I Clarkson 93 P Cattermole 92 B Gibbons 92 H Russell 84 beat Patch 359 C Rutland 94 C Orr 89 P Rutland 89 I Harrison 87,

Watkinson 364 M Marsay 96 J Kenworthy 93 D Pratt 88 N Sawdon 87 beat Universal 363 M Troughton 93 J Hugill 91 GW Flower 90 B Martin 89, Farmers 364 D Hill 96 CS Thompson 90 Y Williamson 89 M Noble 89 beat Average 362.