SHOOTING was almost a non-starter at Braidwood on Sunday.
At the noon kick off, competitors were met with tumultuous thunder, flashing lightning and a sheet of water.
Sensibly, they sheltered in the clubrooms till the worst eased before setting out on the ground to contest both the Bruce Medal and Junior Shield.
As the rain cleared, a tricky east wind set in, catching a few out. Even so, scoring was tight.
Almost half the field managed 30 or more ex-40, Stuart Donaldson (Wallyford) the clear winner on 37 – four points clear of six clubmates sharing runner-up slot on 33, and another five on 32.
Ryan Stewart (Melrose) retained the Junior Shield having scored 23.
At the halfway stage, everyone was melting. The sun was out, humidity high and coats shed ready for the second leg. This time, Donaldson didn’t get it all his own way as Jim Brodie (Denholm) pulled out all the stops to share top slot on 35.
Davie Scott (Haddington) and Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) were next highest on 33.
The overall winner was undoubtedly Donaldson. His aggregate score of 72 ex-80 left him with a six-target advantage over Livingston, with Brodie and Jock Allison (Hawick) just one behind on 65.
Congratulations to East Lothian Gun Club are due following their 12-point victory in the first leg of the annual inter-club match held at ELGC last week.
The second, and home leg, takes place at Braidwood on Saturday.
Anyone wishing to take part should let Joyce Black have their name as soon as possible for catering purposes. The start time is 12.30 for 1pm.
The next competition at Braidwood is on Sunday, July 31, with lots at stake.
Billy Williamson defends the Border Bakery Cup, Jim McPhillips the Grouse Veteran, Liz Shanks the Findlay Ladies Cup and Kyle Smith returns the Graeme Mowitt Junior Cup.
Entries close at 12.30pm. All welcome.