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Hildred is squash club's champion - 24th April 2017

Adam Hildred won his first club championship at Boston Squash and Racketball Club's finals night - the climax to the season on Saturday night.

In a tight semi-final Adam overcame the number one seed and holder, Jake Fountain, in three straight games whilst in the other semi-final Simon Kemp, the second seed, overcame the up-and-coming junior Sam Booth 3-0.

The final was a pulsating affair with both players exhibiting commitment and skill in a very exciting match. Simon saved a game ball in the first game and went on to win it 16-14 and comfortably took the second 15-5. However Adam was not to be deterred and raised the pace somewhat coming from 12-9 down in the third game to take it 15-13. The fourth game was pivotal with Simon having four championship points at 14-10. However point-by-point Adam clawed his way back into the game, and won consecutive points to take the set 16-14. The fifth was also a tight affair with Adam finally coming home 15-11 to take a well-deserved first club championship, but great credit is due to both finalists for such an entertaining game.

The ladies' open was once again won by Ruth Simpson, again in a competitive and well fought final against Katie Price. Ruth ultimately proved too strong and has now been club champion for many consecutive years. The other main squash events were won by Jake Fountain in the over 35, Mark Hildred in the over 45 and David Stones in the over 55. Sam Booth won the junior event against Ethan Brown.

Sam completed what was a very successful club championship by also winning the main racketball title, overcoming Carl Stanney in a well fought and competitive four-set match. Sam is already one of the best racketball players in the county and Carl put up a good fight in taking Sam to four sets in the final. The other racketball events were won by Hedley Muscroft in the over 35, Andy Mitchell in the over 45 and Bob Pearson in the over 55.

The busiest man on the night was the club steward, Pete Andrews, who competed in four finals, losing out to David Stones in the over 55 squash main event and to Matt Cawston in the main squash plate event for first round losers. However Pete also won the over 35 plate and the combined over 45/55 plate. The racketball plates were won by Brett Perkins (over 35) and Paul Kavanagh (combined 45/55).


Home success at Boston Junior Open - 2nd April 2017

PIC: Boston Junior Open U17 champion Sam Booth

Boston's Sam Booth provided home success as he won the boys' under 17s event at this year's Boston Junior Open.

The tournament sees local juniors and nationally ranked players from across the region competing, with England Squash ranking points up for grabs.

Sam topped the table in a round robin event, winning all three of his matches in straight sets.

Fellow Boston junior Ethan Brown finished 3rd in the same category, beating Harry Thomas in his second match 11/6, 12/10, 11/2.

There was further local success in a particularly strong boys' under 11s event. Oliver Cawston beat Samuel Stephenson to progress to the semi-finals. Despite a loss in the semis he won the subsequent play-off to secure a 3rd place finish. Rawdon Prothero won the category.

Elsewhere James Kettle came out on top in the boys' under 13s draw, while Thomas Ramsay beat brother Oliver in the final of the boys' under 15s. Kate Brewis beat Eve Hewitt in the girls' under 13s final, while Lincolnshire's Erin Tamplin finished runner-up to Lauren Hall and Ellie Hewes in the girls' under 15s and under 17s respectively.


Boston Junior Open draws - 26th March 2017

The draws for the Boston Junior Open 2017 are now available on the 'Boston Junior Open' page.


Boston Junior Open entry forms - 12th February 2017

The entry form for this year's Boston Junior Open, which takes place on Saturday 1st April 2017 only, is now available to download. The deadline for submission of entries is Tuesday 21st March. Full event details are also on the England Squash website.


Tomlinson and Moran take Open titles - 4th December 2016

CHAMPIONS: Kevin Moran and Millie Tomlinson

Millie Tomlinson and Kevin Moran took the titles at the 20th annual BSPA Boston Open. It was Tomlinson’s third consecutive Boston Open crown while Kevin Moran became the first Scot to win the event, despite previous finalists including compatriots Alan Clyne, Greg Lobban and Doug Kempsell.

 

DAY ONE

 

The tournament began with five men’s qualifiers for a place in the round of 16. Aaron Allpress progressed in straight sets, as did Lincolnshire’s Harry Falconer, as well as Nick Wall and Dan McGinn. Jamie Henderson had a slightly trickier passage, 3-1.

There were no major upsets in the women’s first round. Top seeds Millie Tomlinson, Nadia Pfister and Kace Bartley all received byes. Catherine Rae beat Charlotte Kirkwood in straight sets. 

Sam Ward, returning from a year travelling, beat Lincolnshire’s Katie Wells 11/6, 11/7, 11/7 in 22 minutes. Japan’s Tamaki Marumo and Brazilian Bruna Petrillo were knocked out by Ali Hemingway and Solent Classic winner Lucy Turmel respectively. Heidi Albinson beat Charlotte Jagger in the match of the round – coming from 2-1 down to win 12/10 in the fifth in 40 minutes.

Friday’s action concluded with the men’s round of 16. The first two matches to finish saw 3/4 seed Miles Jenkins and 5/8 seed Kevin Moran go through. The unseeded Jamie Henderson beat Matt Sidaway [5/8] in straight sets, and it would prove not be Henderson’s only scalp of the competition. 

Following his qualification, 17-year-old Aaron Allpress impressed, putting up a good fight against second seed David Haley. He played well and took the second game to draw level, but eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.

Top men’s seed Ben Grindrod actually lost his first game of the tournament to Dan McGinn 16/14, but recovered to win the match 3-1.

There followed three excellent final matches of the round, the last two of which had been scheduled for 8.15pm - although play did not finish on Friday night until 10pm. The evenly-matched Stuart MacGregor and Stuart George took 51 minutes for a four-game contest culminating in MacGregor’s victory. “Come on Stuart!” shouted Harry Falconer’s dad Neil at one point - adding, “MacGregor, for the avoidance of doubt.” Vini Rodrigues beat Nick Wall 3-1 in a fiery encounter. 

 

3/4 seed Rory Stewart and Lincolnshire’s Harry Falconer, who had both been in Boston the year before, were forced to wait until late before stepping onto court. When they did, it seemed they were determined to get as much game time as waiting time. They battled it out in the longest match of the event. Falconer recovered from a first game defeat and took the next two by two-point margins. But Stewart slogged his way to victory 11/7, 9/11, 11/13, 11/7, 11/8 in 66 minutes.

 

DAY TWO

 

As usual, day two began with the women’s quarter-finals. Second seed Nadia Pfister, the Swiss #1, did not struggle in her first match, beating Catherine Rae in three. 3/4 seeds Kace Bartley and Lucy Turmel also made their way into the semis while Millie Tomlinson was in usual efficient form, beating Heidi Albinson 11/4, 11/4, 11/2 in a quarter of an hour.

Unlike the women’s quarters, Saturday afternoon’s men’s quarter-finals did see some shocks. Kevin Moran beat 3/4 seed Miles Jenkins. In an even bigger upset, the unseeded Jamie Henderson, who had already knocked out one seed, dispatched second seed David Haley. He lost the first game 7/11 but took the next three 11/8, 11/9, 11/7 to win in an hour.

Ben Grindrod did not suffer a similar upset though, winning in three against Stuart MacGregor. The New Zealander’s victory prevented two all-Scottish semi-finals, with 3/4 seed Rory Stewart beating Vini Rodrigues 11/8, 11/4, 11/5.

A short break followed before the women’s semi-finals. They were among the three closest matches of the ladies’ event. 3/4 seed Kace Bartley caused an upset by beating second seed Nadia Pfister 11/7, 9/11, 11/5, 11/7 in half an hour. There was no such surprise in the other semi where Millie Tomlinson beat Lucy Turmel 11/6, 11/9, 11/5, although the scoreline in the first and third games belied the quality of the rallies in what was an enjoyable match to watch. 

While these matches were taking place on one court, another was playing host to world #35 Alan Clyne. He wasn’t in the competition, but had stopped off in Lincolnshire.

In the well-attended men’s semis Kevin Moran booked his place in the final with an 11/6, 11/6, 11/9 win in 40 minutes over the unseeded Jamie Henderson.

Ben Grindrod also won in three, making it an unusual double of straight set men’s semi-final wins. The number one seed was allowed time to stem a nosebleed after the second game and beat 3/4 seed Rory Stewart 11/5, 13/11, 11/8 in 36 minutes.

 

DAY THREE

 

The women’s final was a much more straightforward affair than the year before, with Millie Tomlinson taking just 16 minutes to seal a 3-0 victory. Kace Bartley did lead 2/1 at the start of the first game before Tomlinson won nine consecutive points. In truth, she was always in control, winning 11/4, 11/5, 11/6.

The men’s final was also a three-gamer, but this time the showpiece did not go to seeding. 5/8 seed Kevin Moran had looked impressive all weekend and raced into the lead, winning the first game 11/3. He then established an 8/4 advantage in the second, before top seed Ben Grindrod fought back to lead 9/8, at which point the direction of the game and match was anyone’s guess. Moran responded though and took the game 11/9, a score repeated in the third to secure an 11/3, 11/9, 11/9 victory in 38 minutes.

“It’s been a great event,” said tournament organiser Mark Hildred.

“We fully enjoy it and we fully intend to run it next year.”


Katie wins the Kevin Lenton - 10th September 2016

Katie Price won the annual Kevin Lenton Handicap tournament last night, beating Jason Hadland in the final. Meanwhile Stu Dunlop beat club champion Jake Fountain in the final of the plate. Thanks to all who supported the competition, either by taking part or helping out on the night!


New court floors installed - 26th August 2016

Two brand new court floors have been installed at Boston Squash and Racketball Club.

The two glass-back courts at the front of the club, which can be overlooked from the bar, have both received the refurbishment. 

It follows the re-plastering of the same courts' front walls five years ago, and new lighting for all five of the club's courts just two years ago.

As well as new wooden panel flooring and court markings, new sponsor tins are also being put in place.

The new floors took two days to put in place after the previous ones were kindly taken up by club member Rusty Wright. 

The work leaves the courts in excellent condition, having originally been built in 1978. The club's other three courts were renovated in 1997 to become the UK's first ever National Lottery funded 'rainbow' courts.

"This is a really significant investment in the club's facilities," said club Chairman Mark Hildred.

"The club is runs by its members so we always look to use any available funds to improve what's on offer."

As a dynamic sport, squash requires powerful acceleration and quick changes of direction. The new flooring will reduce the impact on players' joints and muscles, and also provides more grip.

As well as being enjoyed by members, the club is hopeful the investment will help it to secure more events.


3rd place at the nationals for Sam - 14th August 2016

Sam Booth (15), County U17 squash finalist decided to challenge himself by entering the National Junior Racketball Championships held recently in Liverpool.

The tournament attracted players from all over the country and Sam has only been playing racketball for one year, inspired by his father who had represented Boston Squash and Racketball Club in several competitions. On the basis of his county squash ranking Sam was confident that he could cause an upset.

Unknown to many, Sam was drawn against a strong pool of seeded players. Close matches demonstrating tactical and technical expertise followed and growing in confidence Sam finished a very creditable third place in his age group. Well done Sam!