Guns face the elements

SUNDAY felt more like mid winter than the middle of May at Braidwood Sporting Clays – a keen wind played merry hell with the targets and waterlogged traps caused uncharacteristic breakdowns, particularly affecting the skeet layout.

Despite all that, 34 guns shot four different disciplines with a possible total score of 80 at stake.

The sporting element of day consisted of a six-stand 30-bird layout. Davy Craig (Edinburgh) had the best of it, missing only two clays to win outright on 28 ex-30. His brother John tied runner-up slot with Dave Allison (Hawick) on 27 with Midge Little (Clovenfords), Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) and Stu Dawson (Bedlington) the other sporting prizewinners on 26.

Four clubmates shared the top slot on the 10-shot DTL layout, refereed by Eric Conn (Dunbar). Davy Craig, Michael Biggs (Kelso), Colin Scott (Roberton) and Hugh Sadler (Hawick) all shot seven. A further six guns took prizes for the second highest score of six.

Sadler went on to win the adaptation of skeet refereed by Stewart Donaldson (Dunglass) outright, scoring 14 ex-15. Young Cumbrian Joe Davidson, just turned 14, shared second place with Donald Livingston, Tam Patterson (Galashiels), and Chris Cotton (Edinburgh) on 13.

Joe Baumgart (Hawick) generously gave up his day’s shooting to take control of the compact sporting layout. Here, John Ross (Whitburn) shared the lead with Nigel Rock (Kelso), breaking 21 ex-25. Jim McPhillips (Bathgate) Davy Craig and Dave Allison all hit 19 with a further two prizes awarded for the third score of 18.

The outcome of this mixed bag of scores revealed no less than five guns sharing the highest score of the day, 61 ex-80. Jim McPhillips, Davy Craig, Donald Livingston, Hugh Sadler and Nigel Rock all picked up a case of cartridges for their efforts and agreed to share the Crystal Longhope All Round trophy till next year.

A full list of scores is available to view at

The sporting calendar returns to its normal bi-weekly slot this Sunday, when Kyle Smith has the opportunity to defend the Ian Hume Shield. All welcome.