Shooting:Le Cheminant points the way

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Le Cheminant returned to Jersey’s line up and proved that he is still top of his game by firing the highest score, while Stephen Osmont earned his first full cap in the Jersey eight with a fantastic display of marksmanship.

With a fresh wind blowing from the left which created buffeting of the rifle, there were also variable light condition affecting the sight picture but this failed to stop a Jersey side coached by David Le Quesne and Bruce Horwood.

Half the team scored maximum 50s at 300 yards with the possibles coming from Alex Langley, Le Cheminant, Cliff Mallett and Richard Benest and as the match progressed, Wally Langley laid down his mark with a further 50 – Le Cheminant, Benest and Colin Mallet followed suit and Osmont banged in a further two maximums.

While Jersey’s reserves, Alan Le Sueur and Mick Cotillard, sneaked the win from Guernsey by a mere three points.

Jersey Scores: Andrew Le Cheminant 149.18 (ex.

150); Richard Benest 148.19; Alex Langley 148.18; Stephen Osmont 148.14; Colin Mallett 147.18; Cliff Mallett 147.16; Wally Langley 146.11; Chris Cotillard 141.13.

Total 1175 – Guernsey 1153.

Reserves: Alan Le Sueur 143, Mick Cotillard 141, Total 284 – Gsy Res: 281.

The Channel Island Championship final also took place over the weekend and Jersey’s David Le Quesne grabbed the win in the final round from Colin Mallett.

At the end of day one at Crabbé, Bruce Horwood had the lead with 149 ex 150 but was closely followed by David Le Quesne, Richard Benest and Colin Mallett on 148 a piece.

Guernsey’s Peter Jory and Chris Cotillard were just behind with 147s.

Shooting in wet conditions on Sunday at Les Landes was handled admirably by the top marksmen and a magnificent 75 with 11 centre bulls at 900 yards led to Jory snatching a narrow lead.

At the final distance of 1000 yards, however, the conditions began to tell.

Jory and Horwood were caught by wind changes early while Le Quesne and Mallett made maximum use of their wind coaching ability to hold the bull.

In a nail biting finale Mallett dropped his 13th shot while Le Quesne held his nerve and kept his final few shots in the bull to be crowned CI Champion.

A very wet, but jubilant Le Quesne said: ‘I’m delighted to have won because there was a really strong field of shooters to beat this weekend, many of whom are established internationals.

I dedicated my win to Graeme Harris who has been shooting so well this year and who qualified for the final but was unable to compete.

I’d also like to thank my supporters and all those spectators who turned out despite the revolting conditions.’ Results: 1, D Le Quesne (Jsy) 295.39 (ex.

300); 2, Colin Mallett (Jsy) 294.28; 3, Peter Jory (Gsy) 293.37; 4, Richard Benest (Jsy) 292.33; 5, Bruce Horwood (Jsy) 290.34; 6, Chris Cotillard (Jsy) 289.31; 7, R Perkins (Gsy) 287.31; 8, R Waters (Gsy) 284.19.

In the Jersey Rifle Association’s Kolapore competition, Andrew Le Cheminant won the French Vase with a cracking 207 ex 210 (in the rain).

Colin Mallett was runner-up.

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