SIX Barnsley Cadets beat off stiff competition from more than 1,500 others to be placed in the top 100 of a rifle competition.

CSM Jessica Snaith, Sgt Aman Aryaeipour, Cdt Gage Cherryholme, Cdt Kirran Lee, Cpl Luke Pointon and Cpl Joe Taylor, all aged 16 and 17, are members of the Barnsley Army Cadets Force Yorkshire Regiment.

They took part in the Cadet 100 small bore rifle competition.

Sgt Aryaeipour finished highest in 13th place. Detachment rifle coach Major (Retd) Barry Johnson said he believed it was a county record.

He added: "We take part every year but we've not been as successful as this for a year or two. They are a good group of kids and the really enjoyed it, especially when they won. I'm very proud of them."

A team also won The Duke of Wellington Cup for the fourth consecutive year.

It consisted of Cpl Joe Taylor, Sgt Aryaeipour, Cpl Cherryholme and Cpl Pointon.

Because they were shooting so well, the detachment entered the Commonwealth UK Fennell .22 rifle match and won.

Sgt Aryaeipour will compete in the world's largest target rifle shooting event, the Imperial Meeting at Bisley, this month.

He has also been selected as a member of the UK Cadet Rifle Team and will take part in the Channel Islands Jersey Tour in August.

Major Johnson was also the winner of the Territorial Army Rifle Association competition for retired members.