Cambs Sporting – 13th May – Cambridge GC

Right folks this is the one The Cambridgeshire sporting championship.

On rolling out of my bed Sunday 13th May I thought this is the day we all look forward to drawing back the curtains, I thought what rotten luck its dark, cloudy just like the forecast said but didn’t see any rain yet. Anyway, left home with all my waterproofs taking my camera and not my gun, thinking at least it won’t be wet in the club house.

Cambs ESP 2018

Getting to the ground still no rain in fact it looked a bit lighter, the club house was full of happy shooters all raring to get going and it wasn’t long before the time came and they started to make their way to the nominated stands to start.

Seeing the top man of the week Richard Bunning, making his way up the very high hill to start I decided to take my camera and go and join the squad.  That was an eye opener seeing him shoot the stand straight, a tricking rabbit going down the hill just in front and a long L to R looked miles away.  He did make them look easy and I thought I know who is going to be High Gun today.

I spent most of the day wandering about from stand to stand.  I watched a lot of top class shooting, it was a pleasure to be there.

I came across some squads of Colts who were for the first time shooting a new format of 50 targets for the Cambs Championship Trophy.  They could if they wished shoot the full 100 but the Championship was over 50 targets, this was a follow on from the training giving by Cambridge Gun Club working with the Cambs CPSA Committee.

Cambs ESP 2018

Seven Colts were in attendance.  As we were lucky to get even one in previous years it was good to see.  Well done to all Cambridgeshire new colts for entering the competition, great to see.

Out of the seven Colts Sam Halls came out on top shooting 40 from the 50 and with Ami Hedgecock breathing down his neck with a 37 the young lad became Cambridgeshire Colt Champion.  Not to be out done Ami carried on to finish with 69, taking the Cambridgeshire Ladies Championship from nine other ladies, so a well earned Championship for Sam and Ami.

If I reported on all the super shooting going on that day, it would take more than this magazine could cope with.

I came across, who seems to be, the Cambs permanent Champion.  He has won it so many times its remarkable.  He makes it look easy and I guess it perhaps is for him and if he could bottle it he would become a very rich man.  And so, Philip Gray shot 97 to become 2018 county Champion again. And as last year Justin Bladen was runner up and Senior Champion with a 93 also super shooting.

Michael Fryer went steadily on his way to a super 88 to take the Vets title. The juniors went to Taylor Hedgecock with a super 88 again top shooting worth going just to watch.

Phil Gray Cambs ESP 2018 Champion

Final Results :

Cambs Champion Philip Gray

Senior Champion Justin Bladen

Vets Champion Michael Fryer

Ladies Champion Ami Hedgecock

Junior Champion Taylor Hedgecock

Colts Champion Sam Halls

The classes AA Phil Gray  87

A   Justin Bladen  93

B   Chris Morris 89

C Mark Adams. 75.

Many thanks to Cambridge Gun Club for their support as usual.

Allan Wright

Cambs DTL Cambridge Gun Club 15th April 2018

Well another eagerly awaited Championship is upon us the Cambridgeshire DTL Championship.  This is always well attended and today was no different.  10 squads were lined up in the hope of taking home the coveted DTL trophy.  From the go it looked rather like last year’s champion may be doing the same this year having started with 50/150 with half the shoot done and dusted.  But unfortunately thing

M Sheldrake, P Ward, E Lord and R Croft

s don’t always go as planned as it didn’t for Richard Morris on this day but he completed the next 50 targets to finish with 99/292 as did his dad Chris Morris.  We still had a strong contingent to follow with the likes of Matt Sheldrake and Paul Ward (who last won this trophy in 1992) and Philip Barnard sporting a new Beretta which works at skeet having shot a 96 at Nottingham in the EM championship in the morning, before getting to Cambridge GC to change the chokes for DTL.

 

The weather was good but for a varying wind making the odd target either raise or drop but not too bad considering the disastrous last few months.

 

As the scores started coming in it was clear that it was not possible to pick a clear winner as yet.

But at the end of the day we had a clear Champion in Paul Ward with a 100/296 closely followed by Matt Sheldrake with 99/295.  To add to the excitement Richard Croft came in with a 100/295; Richard being a Vet had it sewn up for his first ever county championship.  Geoff Howlet a Suffolk shooter put in a super 299 to take High Gun over all, but lucky for the Cambs shooters he couldn’t take the Cambridgeshire Championship.

 

Results were:

Champion         Paul Ward

Senior              Matt Sheldrake

Ladies              Hazel Whiten (not for the first time)

Colts                Ethan Lord

Vets                 Richard Croft

 

AA Richard Morris

A   Chris Morris

B   Brian Jacobs

C   Jason Pereira

 

Well done to everyone who entered and many thanks to Cambridge Gun Club once again.

 

Allan Wright