CLASHING with the Scottish Game Fair at Scone and the Beretta World in Hampshire, one might have expected a poor show at Braidwood on Sunday.

Not so – almost 50 guns turned out in glorious summer sun to contest the Macdonald Cup.

Scoring was pretty tight in the trophy round. Only five targets separated the top 13 shooters – all the prizes being awarded on scores of 30 or more. Billy Williamson (Linlithgow Bridge) won the cup outright on 35 ex 40, two clays clear of joint runners-up Keith Learmonth (Heriot) and the previous event’s winner, Jim Brodie (Denholm).

Layout 2 proved a fraction easier with averages up a couple of points. This time the result was a two-way tie between David Allison (Hawick) and Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) who both carded 37, leaving Jim McPhillips (Bathgate) and Paul Allison (Cavers) just one adrift on 36.

Although cup winner Williamson managed a creditable 30, it left him seven short of the lead in the second half – out of the prizes and out of contention for the aggregate prize. When overall scores were tallied it became clear that the result would be a tale of two Jims – McPhillips and Brodie both shot 68, claiming an aggregate medal each.

Members are reminded that the first and away leg of the annual inter-club match against East Lothian Gun Club takes place on Wednesday at Fernielea. Anyone wishing to take part should reach Fernielea at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

The next competition at Braidwood is on July 17 when McPhillips has the opportunity to defend the Bruce Medal, while Ryan Stewart (Melrose) defends the Junior Shield. Entries close at 12.30pm. All welcome.