The three clay pigeon shooters were taking part in the 23rd English Skeet Home International Tournament held at the Southern Counties Shooting Ground near Dorchester last weekend.In all seven members of the Jersey Clay Target Shooting Association went over, taking on similar shooters from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man.
Weather conditions were perfect, slightly overcast and warm but not too hot.Three of the Jersey team started with straight 25s.
Bourne, Davy and junior shot Daya Dodds all hitting the maximum.
Other team members also put in high scores and after three of the four rounds Island Games double gold medallist Davy and Thorne-Booth were on for a possible Jersey record of 98 ex-100, providing they shot a straight 25 in the final round, with Bourne on for a possible 97.As it turned out, both Ashley Le Sech and captain Thorne-Booth finished on 96 (=34th overall), with Le Sech pipping Davy by one target by recording a perfect 25 for his fourth round to finish with a score of 95 (46th overall).As Bourne was competing for the Jersey veteran team, his score didn’t count for the main team score, however he took the Jersey High Gun on countback with the Island side scoring a record 463 ex-500.England took the top honours with a perfect 500 ex-500, a feat never achieved before, with runners-up Wales on 488.
With six shooters all on a perfect 100, a shoot-off took place to find the overall High Gun medal.After 175 shots each it was down to two, before England’s Simon Hill won through to win 195 to Alistair Ford’s 194.Next month the Jersey team are competing in the Sporting Home International Tournament in Scotland.