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Final countdown! Pictured are county finalists (from left) Nic Rees, Lisa Tamplin, Harry Falconer and Mark Hildred.

Final countdown! Pictured are county finalists (from left) Nic Rees, Lisa Tamplin, Harry Falconer and Mark Hildred.

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Boston squash player Mark Hildred missed out claiming his ninth county title, after being pipped in the final by youngster Harry Falconer.

Falconer, a nationally-ranked junior, won the close contest 8/11, 11/8, 11/6, 11/7.

The 16-year-old, a county under 19 champion, saw youth overcome experience as his lightning court speed proved the difference.

In the final the youngster did well to get across the court and pick up many of Hildred’s best shots.

However, 49-year-old Hildred - who won the first of his eight county titles 32 years ago at a similar age to Falconer- pushed his opponent all the way as Boston Squash and Racketball Club hosted the Lincolnshire County Squash Championships at the weekend.

Falconer reached his first senior final following a 3/0 victory over Horncastle’s Dom price in the semi-finals.

A 3/0 success at the expense of Grimsby’s Adam Johnson saw Hildred - the reigning Lincolnshire over 45s champion - reach his 11th final.

In the ladies’ final, Grimsby’s Lisa Tamplin beat Nic Rees (Horncastle) 11/6,11/5, 11/7.

The plate was an all-Boston affair with Jason Hadland defeating Jason Green 3/0.

The racketball county championships were held for the second-time.

This year’s final was a repeat of the previou year.

Boston’s Ady Proctor beat Clyde Finch (Spalding) 6/11, 11/9, 6/11, 13/11, 11/7 to reverse last year’s result .

Proctor saved match point in fourth game in an excellent final.

Host club Boston dominated the competition, with John Secker and Hedley Muscroft reaching semi-finals .

The plate winner was Carl Stanney, with Tim Booth the runner-up.

In third was Simon Jackson, completing a trio of host-club competitors.