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Barnes heads Cridland Mem Clays field

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Shaun Barnes

Defending champion Shaun Barnes heads a field of more than 100 shooters who will take to the range at the Jamaica Skeet Club today for the Bernard Cridland Sporting Clays Memorial.

The 14-station shoot will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Barnes, who bagged 94 birds out of a possible 100 for highest overall total last year, was two birds ahead of runner-up Bruce Duquesnay (92) and 'A' Class winner Ruel Chung, who also ended on 92. Robert Yap Foo, 89; Errol Zaidie, 89; nine-time national shotgun champion Ian Banks, 89; and Craig Simpson, 89; were the other top shooters in 'A' Class. They will all be on the range today in a bid to take down defending champion Barnes.

Barnes, who is known to be a keen competitor who prepares intensely for tournaments, will fancy his chances especially in light of the fact that he got the better of the shooters this year again to be named national shotgun champion for the sixth time. He also won the national championship in 2016.

According to Evan Thwaites, "the Jamaica Skeet Club expects another well run tournament. The shooters who are coming back from a break are ready for some good competition from the very big field that will be on the course. All is in place for a very good tournament to unfold."

Thwaites said that the club experienced another successful year. He also made special mention of the National Award of Order of Distinction (Officer Class) which was conferred on immediate past president Khaleel Azan.