Boston Squash and Racketball Club

News 2011/12

All website updates and club affairs from the 2011/2012 season can be found here.

Club awarded two county contests - 16th July 2012

Boston Squash and Racketball Club has been awarded both the Lincolnshire County Closed Squash Championships (6th/7th October) and the inaugural Lincolnshire County Closed Racketball Championships (8th/9th August).

Entry forms for the competitions can be printed off from

Hildred triumphs in narrow final victory - 28th April 2012

Mark Hildred had to come from two games down to be crowned Boston Squash and Racketball Club’s club
champion... his 23rd consecutive title.

He beat Chris Clements in a five-set thriller as the club’s season came to a climax. The annual club
championships are always a popular event, and a good crowd gathered for the finals, at which Rusty Wright
was named most improved player of the season.

The racketball finals started the evening off.

In the over 45s competition, Bob Pearson played a very steady and effective game to defeat Stuart Dunlop
3-0, to become the first winner of this new event.

This was followed by the main racketball final, in which Jon Hull defeated Gary Fitzsimmons.

Jon won the first game comfortably 11-4, as Gary was probably feeling the effects of a very hard-fought semi-final victory on the Friday night against defending champion Ady Proctor. Gary fought back in the next two, but Jon proved just too strong, winning out 11-8, 11-8 to record a 3-0 victory and his first racketball championship.

There was also an excellent final in the racketball over 45 plate competition, in which John Payne eventually overcame Mick Merrison 6-11, 11-1, 10-12,11-4, 11-5.

The main racketball plate competition was won by Gary Williamson, who triumphed over Dave Parsons 3-0.

The first squash final was the junior event, in which Jamie Adams overcame the very promising youngster Sam Booth 11-5,11-6, 11-1. Both juniors have improved tremendously in the last year, and Sam put up a very creditable performance, with many years left to better his runner up position.

Next on court was the over 55s final, in which Bob Pearson swapped rackets to take on hot favourite Dave Stones in his first year of this particular category. Despite fighting hard, Bob was not able to match his previous racketball success, and Dave ran out a comfortable winner 9-2, 9-4, 9-3.

It was then time for Dave’s second final of the evening against Mark Hildred, in the over 45s championship.

Dave put up an excellent performance with some impressive winners, but Mark remained in control of his game to run out a 9-6, 9-3, 9-5 winner to retain his title.

Mark then had to go straight on court to play a pumped up Ady Proctor in the over 35s final.

Mark won the first game 9-3, but Ady hit back playing some very effective and forceful squash to win the next game 9-2, before racing into a 7-2 lead in the third game.

An upset looked on the cards, but Mark dug in and gradually clawed his way back to win the third game 9-7, in what was a very long and closely-fought game.

That provided a spur for Mark to go on and win the fourth game 9-0, to retain the over 35s title.

In the meantime, the age group squash plates were being played, again with some very good competitive squash. John Neal won the combined over 45/55s plate, defeating Paul Kavanagh by three games to one.
Fitzsimmons then recovered from his racketball final to defeat Sean Walsh by three games to one in the over 35s plate final.

The main plate final proved to be a really hard-fought and interesting encounter between the experienced Phil Wright and improving Patrick Hildred. Phil proved too skillful in the first two games, racing into a two nil lead, but Patrick determinedly fought his way back onto level terms before winning the fifth game 9-6 to take the plate event.

The women’s final was a repeat of the final for the previous few years. Tina Favell had played a couple of plate semi-finals, and certainly put in a good performance against the strong favourite Ruth Simpson. However, in an enjoyable game, Ruth proved too strong - running out the winner by 9-4, 9-7, 9-3.

The main event, the men’s squash final, was a repeat of last year’s final as Mark Hildred met Chris Clements. Chris’ performance in the first two games was exceptional, showing pace and variety. Mark appeared to be showing the effects of two games just before the final. Chris’ play was just too strong, as he won the first two games 9-2, 9-1, and looked set to end Hildred’s string of 22 consecutive club championships.

However, Mark was not going to give in easily, and managed to claw his way back, coming from behind to claim victory.

The club has reached two Lincolnshire Cup Finals, the mixed Kesteven Cup final and the County Over 35s Cup final, which are to be played at Metheringham later in the month and in early May. The season then extends even further for the over 35s side, who have reached the national club championship semi-finals at Nottingham on June 9.

Membership form available - 21st January 2012

The club's membership application form for the 2011/12 season is now available to download from the 'Joining' page.

Waller and Beddoes take Boston titles - 11th December 2011

Top seed Adrian Waller beat the second-seeded defending champion Andy Whipp to claim the Boston Open 2011 title, while Emma Beddoes retained her title as she beat Tania Bailey in the women’s final.

Emma Beddoes successfully retained the Ladies’ title whilst world #59 Adrian Waller lived up to his number one seeding in the men’s event at the BSPA Boston Open this weekend.

The fact that both favourites won their respective competitions accurately reflected the unusually precise nature with which the tournament went to seeding.

Friday saw 22 matches take place as the men’s first and second rounds were completed. In the first round local competitors Mark Hildred and Chris Clements both put in respectable performances against seeded professionals. Clements lost 11/6, 11/9, 13/11 to world top 100 player Eddie Charlton, whilst Hildred was defeated by 5/8 seed Lewis Walters 14/12, 12/10, 11/5. Charlie Johnson, Sunil Seth, Matt Hardy and Tristan Eysele were all victorious in four games, whilst everybody else progressed with 3-0 wins. Andy Whipp received a walkover against Sho Miyawaka whilst Adrian Waller comfortably beat Phillip Bull in straight sets.

In the second round Waller defeated Robert Dadds 11/8, 11/2, 11/1 in 21 minutes, whilst Whipp took a minute longer to beat Tristan Eysele 11/8, 11/8, 11/3. ¾ seeds Eddie Charlton and Charles Sharpes, and 5/8 seeds Alex Phillips, Arthur Gaskin, Chris Truswell and Lewis Walters all reached the quarter finals in straight sets, meaning that no unseeded players were left in the competition.

On Saturday the seedings again proved to be spot on as the four 5/8 seeds were knocked out. Adrian Waller beat Alex Phillips 11/7, 11/4, 11/8, Eddie Charlton overcame Arthur Gaskin in 53 minutes 11/6, 8/11, 11/8, 11/9, Charles Sharpes beat Chris Truswell 11/8, 11/9, 8/11, 11/9, and Andy Whipp beat Lewis Walters 13/11, 11/5, 11/7.

In the evening the semi finals got underway, and they were without doubt the best matches of the tournament. Number one seed Adrian Waller beat Eddie Charlton 11/7, 11/5, 8/11, 11/8 in 40 minutes, and the ferocity with which the battle was fought is highlighted by the statistics – with the referee having to make 28 calls within the game’s duration. The match of the Open then entertained the sizeable crowd that had gathered. Andy Whipp and Charles Sharpes put on a spectacular show, with Whipp eventually winning 3/11, 11/6, 7/11, 11/9, 11/8. The encounter, the longest of the tournament at 54 minutes, was one in which Sharpes had chances to cause the only major upset of the weekend. Sharpes took the first and third games but Whipp drew level twice, digging in to win the fourth game after Sharpes had shot into a 9/6 lead as Whipp appeared to sustain a back problem. The clash therefore went to a fifth and deciding set, and it was the only match to do so over the weekend, an unprecedented occurrence at Boston. Whipp won the semi final 11/8 in the fifth as Sharpes failed to hit his shot up when retrieving the 2010 winner’s backhand drop shot in the final rally.

In Sunday’s men’s final Adrian Waller beat Andy Whipp 11/6, 11/1, 11/5 in just 19 minutes. In truth, it was the poorest men’s final to watch for a number of years, with Whipp suffering from his tough semi final during which he had incurred a back injury. Nevertheless, Waller, the British U23 National Champion, was pleased to take the winner’s check for £570 and to secure his first Boston Open title.

The women’s final also had a disappointing end after looking to be a promising affair. World #22 Emma Beddoes was fighting to retain her crown whilst former world #4 Tania Bailey was seeking her 5th Boston Open Ladies’ title. The final had been set up after the two stars had topped their respective pools by beating the other two competitors in each of their groups on Saturday. Bailey stole the first game 11/5 before the score was reversed for the next two games. With Bailey trailing 2-1 she was forced to retire by breathing difficulties. The Open will return for a 16th consecutive time next December as it continues to hold the prestige of being the BSPA’s longest-running event.

BSPA Boston Open coverage - 9th December 2011

Coverage of the 15th annual BSPA Boston Open will be available via this weekend, including results, pictures and a live text feed of matches. The tournament page can be found here.

Junior tournament draws available - 9th December 2011

The draws for the junior tournament running alongside the BSPA Boston Open this weekend are now available to download here.

Junior tournament entry forms available

The entry form for the juniour tournament that runs alongside the BSPA Boston Open (not to be confused with the Boston Junior Open) is now available to download here.

County Championships report - 7th October 2011

The Lincolnshire Squash County Championships 2011/12 were successfully played out at Boston Squash and Racketball Club last weekend, with Boston-based players Mark Hildred and Dave Stones winning county titles.

Hildred won the over 45s competition for the second time since entering the category in 2010. The honour followed a run through to the last eight of the over 45s European Championships in Portugal. Dave Stones, himself a former over 45s county champion, won the over 55s final to prise the crown away from Paul Tudor.

Dave Stones was the first of the finalists on court against an opponent who had won the over 55s category at the previous three championships. It was a relatively comfortable victory for Stones, who won 9/1, 9/1, 9/4. In the next youngest age category Mark Hildred faced Colin Fisher in the final. Hildred ran away with the first game 9/1, however the next stage of the match was markedly different. Fisher took an 8/5 lead and was on the verge of pulling level, but he let his lead slip and Hildred doubled his advantage to 2-0 via a 10/8 scoreline. The third game finished 9/4 to Hildred, thus securing him the over 45s county title after a competitive final which lasted 39 minutes. Hildred then lost to John Hand 15/13, 11/6, 11/4 in the over 35s showdown. The Bostonian was visibly fatigued by his previous match and a gruelling first game.

The closest and most impressive Ladies' final for a number of years followed on court, and Fran Wallis beat Lisa Tamplin in five sets: 11/6, 9/11, 12/10, 7/11, 11/7. The men's open concluded with 19-year-old Adam Auckland beating Richard Parsons 11/8, 11/1, 11/7 to retain the title of county champion.

There were two more successes for Boston as Jake Fountain beat OIlie Fixter 11/5, 11/7, 11/1 in the final of the main plate, and Ady Proctor overcame Gary Cheetham 9/0, 9/1, 7/9, 9/7 to win the senior plate final. The championships preceeded the start of the new season's Lincolnshire Leagues, in which Boston have entered three teams.