Round-up: England call-up is career high for Binge
STAN Binge achieved the pinnacle of his sporting career when he won selection to the England Seniors fishing team for the 2010 World Championships. He will travel to Belgium in July as part of the five-strong national squad, after he sealed his place at a
STAN Binge achieved the pinnacle of his sporting career when he won selection to the England Seniors fishing team for the 2010 World Championships.
He will travel to Belgium in July as part of the five-strong national squad, after he sealed his place at a trial match at Packington Somers Fishery in Warwickshire on Sunday.
A competitive field saw nearly all anglers weigh in between 18lbs and 22lbs, with Binge's 20lbs 10oz just enough to secure him a place in the squad at the expense of several well-known names.
"I'm delighted to have been chosen - I'm already looking forward to getting out to Belgium in the summer," said Binge.
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"I've played county football and cricket and super league darts, but this is the highest point so far. I didn't really expect to be chosen, as it's only seven weeks since I had knee surgery, but I've had so much support that the recovery has gone better than I ever expected."
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NICK Marriott has not won a match at Cromwell for some time but changed this in some style last Wednesday.
He took the win with an excellent 39lb 6oz from peg 30, which was also a golden peg.
In balmy conditions which could not have been more different from the previous week's Arctic cold, Marriot caught a mixed bag of fish to finish just ahead of Brian Gibson, who weighed 37lb 8oz.
The other weights were close with all but one of the field weighing in 18lbs or more.
RESULT: 1. Nick Marriott Brampton 39lb 6oz, 2. Brian Gibson Fox Match Stanjay 37lb 8oz, 3. Steve Ashwell Cromwell Lake 28lb, 4. Ian Benton Fox Match Stanjay 24lb 2oz.
Van Den Eynde Saturday Series
RICKY Ashwell took advantage of a small field and the absence of series leader Brian Gibson, who had a more pressing engagement - his own wedding - to record a good win with 63lb 8oz.
Keith Ellington finished second and Ian Benton third.
RESULT: 1. Ricky Ashwell Cromwell Lake 63lb 8oz, 2. Keith Ellington Cromwell Lake 33lb 8oz, 3. Ian Benton Fox Match Stanjay 18lb.
SUNDAY'S club open match was fished on Beastie Lake at Decoy and was won by Hotrods' Rob Lincoln with 90lb 4oz.
Fox Match Stanjay's Kevin Medlock was second and Paul Ashcroft third.
RESULT: 1. Rob Lincoln Browning Hotrods 90lb 4oz, 2. Kevin Medlock Fox Match Stanjay 61lb, 3. Paul Ashcroft St Ives 56lb 4oz.
AUDREY Abbott from Huntingdon showed the men the way in last week's Golden Rod match at Lawn Farm, with a catch of 45lb 4oz of carp.
George Gibson was second and Keith West third.
RESULT: 1. Audrey Abbott Huntingdon 45lb 4oz, 2. George Gibson Stevenage 39lb 9oz, 3. Keith West St Neots 37lb 15oz
WEDNESDAY'S concessionary match was won by Mick Aley, who landed 11lb 13oz to win by a distance.
RESULTS: 1. Mick Aley 11lb 13oz, 2. Norman Knightly 5lb 13oz, 3. Matthew Parker 5lb 2oz.
Night Match Saturday/Sunday
1. Irene Scott 37lb 7oz, 2. Andrew Steggles 31lb 14oz, 3. Tony Virgo 30lb 15oz.