Wade takes junior title
12 competitors went head-to-head in the IOM ABT Championships at the weekend.
Leader after round 1 was Stan Skinner with 24 points, in equal second place on 23 were Rob Watterson, Alan Wade and Mark Riley.
They were followed by junior Arran Wade in 5th on 21 and making up the top six were Steven Craine and Phil Ward on 20.
Skinner hit a straight in his second round, doubling his lead to two and having a running total of 49, in second place on 47 was Rob Watterson with Alan and Arran Wade now in joint third place on 46.
Arran also had a straight in his round, Mark Riley was in forth place on 44 with Mike Parr and Steven Craine in equal sixth place on 42.
There was a tie for the lead after round 3 between Watterson and Skinner on 71, with Alan Wade in third place on 70.
Arran Wade and Mark Riley were tied in 4th with 67 points and in 6th place on 65 was Mike Parr.
So with all to shoot for in the forth and final round Watterson and Skinner, the joint leaders, were in the first squad.
Skinner scored 22 to finish on 93 but Watterson hit the perfect straight to finish on 96 and win the IOM ABT Championship for the very first time.
A shoot-off was needed for second place as Stan Skinner and Alan Wade both scored 93. It was Alan who came out on top, he won 24 to 23 with Arran Wade winning the junior category on 90 .
1st R Watterson 23,24,24,25=96
2nd A Wade 23,23,24,23,=93 +24
3rd S Skinner 24,25,22,22=93 +23,
=4th Arr Wade jnr 21,25,21,23, M Riley 23,21,23,23=90
6th M Parr 19,23,23,19=84.
Next week is the fifth round of the Colin Bowen Memorial English skeet league which has the Cesar Leonetti handicap cup up for grabs.
Duty officers this week are M Barnett & P Fabrizio.
Report by Peter Kelly.