McPhillips on a roll in Bakery Cup

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NEARLY 60 guns turned out to compete at Braidwood on Sunday, with four trophies up for grabs.

Following a breathless still morning, a welcome breeze pitched in. Thankfully, the rather pessimistic forecast of showers proved incorrect and, although muggy, the event finished before the rain started.

An oscillating target on the high bird at stand one foxed some on the first layout.

Not so Jim McPhillips (Bathgate) who scored 33 ex-40 to steal the magnificent Border Bakery Cup from good friend and shooting buddy Billy Williamson (Linlithgow Bridge). John Ross (Whitburn) and Kyle Smith (Dunbar) only just missed out on forcing a shoot-off after both returning scores of 32.

Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) shared the third highest score of 31 with Ali Cumming (Galashiels), and Stuart Dawson (Bedlington) won the Famous Grouse Veteran’s Trophy.

Liz Shanks (Otterburn) retained the Findlay Ladies Cup and Michael Nairn (Galashiels) took the Graeme Mowitt Junior Cup.

Livingston then went on to dominate the second layout, carding 36 ex-40 with Dawson a mere clay adrift on 35. Consistent Smith upped his game by one to share third place with Paul Allison (Cavers) and Jeff Ayrton (Melrose).

Dawson and Smith ended the day on 66 and 65 respectively, but, once again, the day’s overall highest score of 67 belonged to Livingston.

The next competition at Braidwood is on Sunday, August 14, when Stuart Rankine has the opportunity to defend the Hermiston Cup. Entries close at 12.30pm. All welcome.