Boston Squash Club claim two county titles

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BOSTON Squash and Racketball Club concluded another successful season on Sunday - by winning two county cups.

The club’s teams won the Alford Cup 5-0, before winning the main Parker (County) Cup 3-2.

The victories cap off a season in which Boston Firsts won the Lincolnshire League Premier Division and Boston Seconds won Division One.

The club also brought home the National Club Championships Over-45s Plate.

In the Alford Cup - contested by club’s over-35s team - Boston faced Eastgate.

Boston’s John Secker earned a 11-9, 16-14, 11-9 victory over Lynn Turner before Ady Proctor dispatched opponent Chris Norris 11-6, 11-6, 11-8.

Colin Fisher faced Phil Hiatt and secured victory with an 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 success.

The final two matches were immaterial, however, John Hand beat Hugh Bochel 13-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9 and Mark Hildred beat Dean Hiatt 11-8, 7-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7.

Boston then began the hunt to win the Parker Cup, dispatching Rustons.

The first match saw Boston’s Jake Fountain beat Andy Reedman 11-13, 2-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6.

Fourth string Chris Clements faced Dom Burke. winning 12-10, 11-6, 14-12.

Colin Fisher represented Boston at third string and was unfortunate not to get a game off Adie Nichols.

He lost the first game 12-10 having had a gameball at 10-9 up, then losing the following two games narrowly 14-12, 11-9.

The second string bore witness to a five-setter between Ady Proctor and Gareth Clarke.

Clarke did enough to draw the contest at 2-2 as he won 13-11, 7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6.

The county crown came down to a showdown between Boston’s Mark Hildred and Rustons’ Russell Watkins, the teams’ number ones.

Hildred won the first game by a comfortable 11-2 scoreline.

In the next game, Boston’s player was stuck at 7-6 down for a series of lets, but eventually completed the game without losing another point and doubled his lead to 2-0 via an 11-7 scoreline.

In the third game Hildred won 11-4, meaning that Boston had retained the County Cup 3-2.

The two cups were presented to Boston, as well as the winners’ trophies for Boston Firsts and Boston Seconds who won their respective county leagues.

Boston Firsts won the Premier Division after pipping Hiatt Decorators to the top spot by two points, having amassed 160 points from 16 matches.

Boston Seconds won Division One with 137 points from 12 matches, beating runners-up Metheringham by 27 points.

Boston Thirds finished sixth out of the seven teams in Division One with 46 points.

Boston’s clean sweep in the Lincolnshire Leagues contributed to a challenging summer ahead for the person responsible for cleaning the club’s trophy cabinet, with Mark Hildred, Colin Fisher and Dave Stones also winning the National Club Championships over-45s Plate.

They defeated British Airways 2-1.