Boston Squash and Racketball Club

News 2015/16

All website updates and club affairs from the 2015/16 season can be found here.


Fountain at the double - 27th April 2016

Long standing member Jake Fountain capped a successful and well attended finals evening at the recent Boston Squash and Racketball Club Championships by winning the main men's title, adding to his success in the over 35 event.

Earlier Fountain had beaten Mujeeb Purvez by 3 games to 0 to win his first over 35 title. An hour later he was back on court in the main final against Simon Kemp. It proved to be a fitting climax and the best match of the night, in what was a tightly fought contest with little to choose between the players. Fountain was particularly impressive in the fifth game and ran out a 3-2 winner to claim the title.

It was a well deserved triumph, Fountain succeeded Mark Hildred as club champion, who after a long unbeaten run has had to retire from senior squash due to a detached retina.

Hildred did however play in the over 45 event and beat Mujeeb Purvez 3-0 in the final. Defending champion Dave Stones continued his impressive run in the over 55 event by beating Stuart Dunlop 3-0.

The ladies' open attracted a much better entry this year, the best competition for many years in that category. Ruth Simpson retained her title with a 3-1 win against Katie Price in a well contested match.

The racketball competitions were again keenly contested, the main final was a father/son affair with Sam Booth beating his father Tim Booth 3-0 in the final to claim his first senior racketball title. The over 35 event was won by Hedley Muscroft, with Tim Booth once again the beaten finalist. Stuart Dunlop completed a busy weekend by beating Andy Baxter to win the over 45 title.

The squash junior event was won by Sam Booth with the runner up Ethan Brown, this being played before finals night on a round robin basis.

The most improved player went to Brett Perkins for his racketball improvement.


Boston Junior Open draws available - 25th March 2016

The draws for the Boston Junior Open on Saturday 2nd April 2016 are now available via the links below.

Boys' Draws

Girls' Draws

The tournament is an England Squash bronze status sanctioned junior event. The categories this year are girls' U19, U17, U15 and U13, and boys' U19, U17, U15, U13 and U11.

Entrants are politely asked to double-check the draw times to ensure they arrive on time. We look forward to welcoming you next Saturday!


Boston Junior Open entry form available - 27th January 2016

The entry form for the 2016 Boston Junior Open (a bronze status sanctioned event) is now available to download from the 'Boston Junior Open' page. The event will be held on Saturday 2nd April 2016, and will include girls' and boys' categories at under 19, 17, 15, 13 and 11.


Changes to guest fees - 9th January 2016

Guests of members can now play at the club for an unlimited number of times without joining as a member themselves. The fee for guests has been increased to £5 per time (plus the cost of tokens for court lights), but the requirement to join the club to continue playing after 3 guest appearances has been removed.


Club Championship draws - 24th December 2015

The draws for the 2016 Club Championships are now online here. It's a bumper year with lots of entrants!


Sharpes and Tomlinson retain titles - 7th December 2015

Champions Millie Tomlinson and Charles Sharpes

RESULTS AND PICTURES

COMPLETED DRAWS

Charles Sharpes and Millie Tomlinson both successfully defended their titles at the 19th annual Boston Open.

It was the first time that both titles have been retained since 1998, when Paul Lord and Rebecca Macree each followed up their victories in 1997’s inaugural Open.

Day One

The tournament had more closely-fought matches than the previous year. Indeed, Friday began with an excellent five-set match in the men’s qualifier between Tom Bamford and Dan Bergin, with Bamford coming from 2-0 down to win 12/10 in the fifth in 56 minutes. Stuart MacGregor and Dan McGinn also progressed through to the first round of 16.

The event was soon in full swing as the women took to court for their first round of 16, with two sets of three simultaneous matches requiring the use of one of the club’s rainbow courts. Gina Kennedy received a walkover while Jessica Davis and Mari Taylor progressed in straight sets. Victoria Temple-Murray won in 25 minutes in the only match of the round to go beyond three games, as Xisela Aranda – who had flown from Spain specifically for the Open - and Rachel Chadwick also eased through.

It had already been dark for some hours when the men’s round of 16 began at 6pm. The match of the round was surely Charles Sharpes, the men’s top seed, against Owain Taylor from Wales. Taylor pushed into a 10/6 lead from 6/6 in the first, and put the game away after his opponent won a couple of points back. The following game was almost the complete reverse in Sharpes’ favour. The top seed then took the third at a canter, 11/0, and then the fourth game and the match – dominating the second half of the game after a topsy-turvy, even start.

Second seed Nick Mulvey wasn’t given an easy time either. After taking the first game he found himself trailing 2-1 to Tom Bamford. He eventually won 11/5 in the fifth in 46 minutes. Lincolnshire’s Harry Falconer progressed as did 3/4 seeds Robert Dadds and Ben Ford.

Day Two

Onto day two which, unlike the first, began with relatively straightforward matches. Gina Kennedy made her first appearance after receiving a walkover in the round of 16, and beat Jessica Davis in straight sets. Defending champion Millie Tomlinson also had her first match of the tournament, and also progressed in three games (not surprising considering she didn’t drop a game during the entire event the previous year). Rachel Chadwick, on the back of an impressive 15-minute win in the last round, took the first game against top seed Madeline Perry on a tiebreak, but Perry won 3-1 to make the semis against Victoria Temple-Murray, who beat Xisela Aranda 3-0.

Among all the on-court action the club welcomed two notable visitors. Four times Boston Open winner and former world #4 Tania Bailey arrived with her family, and Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman visited to see the club and its annual professional tournament in full swing.

As morning became afternoon, the men’s quarters got underway. Charles Sharpes progressed with a victory more emphatic than in the previous round, taking 20 minutes to dispatch Taminder Gata-Aura. 3/4 seed Ben Ford had a closely fought encounter with Rory Stewart, winning 12/10 in a tense fifth set. That match included 23 decisions for the referee and 2 conduct warnings.

Fellow 3/4 seed Robert Dadds also progressed, winning 3-1 in 40 minutes against Harry Falconer from Grimsby. Following Ford and Stewart’s lengthy match, Paul Rawden and Nick Mulvey – 2 familiar faces - were last on court ahead of the evening’s semi-finals. This saw the first major upset as Rawden won 3-1 to knock out the second seed.

The women’s draw continued to go to seeding in the evening’s semi-finals. Millie Tomlinson and Georgina Kennedy were first on court 5. In two years playing the tournament Tomlinson had yet to not be in control of a match here in Boston and that streak continued as she managed a straightforward win.

Madeline Perry beat Victoria Temple-Murray in a similar fashion. The former world #3 was only ever behind by more than a point when 3/1 down in the first game.

In the first men’s semi-final Charles Sharpes won the first game 11/5, but for the next two games Ben Ford made life more difficult for the #1 seed. Ford recovered from 10/7 down in the second to have a gameball himself at 11/10, but lost 13/11 to go 2-0 down in games. The 3/4 still sped into a 6/0 lead in the third, however, going on to win it. But Sharpes was assured in the fourth game to take the win. Ford had competed in a quarter-final over three times as long as his opponent’s.

Paul Rawden took a 5/2 lead in the first set of the second semi-final, but a run of 7 points helped Dadds to come back and take a 1-0 lead. The second game was close up to 6/6 but Dadds pulled away to take a 2-0 lead, and was always on top in the third as he booked his place in the final.

Day Three

The women’s final was undoubtedly a classic in the tournament’s 19-year history. World #45 Tomlinson beat top seed and former world #3 Madeline Perry 6/11, 12/10, 11/8, 9/11, 11/5. The five-set encounter was a slog between two evenly matched players, with neither finalist ever building a substantial lead until Tomlinson pushed to victory at the very end of a 70-minute battle.

Sharpes simply proved too good in the men’s final against 3/4 seed Robert Dadds, winning in straight sets as he had the previous year against Doug Kempsell, who was forced to withdraw from 2015’s tournament through injury. The top seed took half an hour to win 11/8, 11/6, 11/3, and in truth was in control throughout.

Speaking after the presentations, Sharpes said: “I played it [the Boston Open] last year. I obviously came back which I was really happy to.

“19 years in a row [of this event] is an incredible effort, hopefully it’ll bring it up to 20.”

 


Pros in town for 19th Boston Open - 30th November 2015

A host of the UK’s top professional squash players are competing in Boston this weekend.

Boston Squash and Racketball Club is holding its 19th annual Boston Open from Friday 4th-Sunday 6th December, which is free for the public to attend.

The tournament is one of 8 events on the UK Grand Prix, with Wimbledon and Edinburgh among the other host towns and cities.

Among the top seeds are last year’s champions Charles Sharpes and Millie Tomlinson. Sharpes returns as the men’s number one seed and is the world #53.

Millie Tomlinson, who is already a world top 50 player at the age of 23, is the women’s second seed. The favourite for the title is former world #3 Madeline Perry, who was still a world top ten player last year before retiring in 2015.

The strength of this year’s women draw is shown by the 3/4 seeding of 2013 finalist and world #73 Victoria Temple-Murray. She’s joined by European under-19 champion Georgina Kennedy.

Nick Mulvey is the men's second seed. He made the semi-finals here last year before losing to Doug Kempsell. This is the 22-year-old's sixth consecutive appearance at the Boston Open. He was knocked out by runner-up Greg Lobban in 2012 and winner Tom Richards in 2013. He made the quarters of the Prague Open and Belfast Open this year.

Ben Ford and Robert Dadds are the 3/4 seeds. With a highest world ranking of #82, Ford finished runner-up at this year’s British O35 National Championship. 23-year-old Dadds makes his third appearance in Boston and was knocked out in 2011 by eventual winner Adrian Waller.

Members of the public are invited to come and watch the event at the club, which is on Rosebery Avenue. The club’s bar and lounge area overlooks the two main courts. Play runs roughly as 3-9pm on Friday and 11.30am onwards on Saturday. The two finals are at 2 and 3pm on Sunday.

Download tournament programme (including full draw times)

For full coverage of this weekend's event, including all the results, reports and pictures, go to bspasquash.com.