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British success in the desert

There was much reason to be cheerful after a number of British shooters achieved great results at the 2015 Nad Al Sheba Desert Shooting Competition in Dubai.

Hosted by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, 1000 shooters from all over the world descended on the venue to shoot it out from February 22-28.

A British highlight came from Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club regular Cheryl Hall, who won the Ladies shoot-off to claim the top prize of $50,000. The Bun Club said: "We're so proud of Cheryl, a phenomenal lady, 29 times World Champion, S&CBC ambassador, coach, supporter of the S&CBC and much loved friend."

Cheryl hit 111 in the first three qualifying days, only to tie with Sweden's Anna Jarnald, but beat off stiff competition in the shoot-off.

Another British success story is Kate Brown who came in third, hitting 107, after a long hiatus from shooting. More female successes came in the form of Rosie Brumby (7th), Georgia Moule (8th) and Sara Chambers (9th) who all finished in the top 10.

Other Ladies in the top 25 included Emma Nelson (13), Rebecca McKenzie (15), Janine Preece (17) and Rachel Willcock (24)

While the Ladies were impressive, the Men also did admirably against the Americans with some great scores.

After a nail-biting shoot-off, Phil Gray competed went to sudden death against Joey Bolton (US) for third place, but sadly the $50,000 prize money halved when Joey won the sudden death. Still, a great success to win the super final and climb from sixth to fourth in the final few targets. The next Brit was Brett Winstanley who came in a very respectable 11th, followed by a cluster of GBR shooters:

16: Martin Myers

17: Ben Husthwaite

18: Mark Winser

19: Scott Greenfield

20: Nick Hendrick

Congratulations to all!


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