Hildred’s still making his Mark

Pictured are finallists (from left): Wayne Cox, Stuart Dunlop, John Secker, Colin Fisher, Gary Fitzsimmons, Mujeeb Pervez, Patrick Hildred, Mark Hildred, Tina Favell, Bob Pearson, Chris Clements, Andy Baxter, Gary Williamson, Ruth Simpson, George Cooper, Pete Andrews, Ady Proctor, Edy Goddard. Photo: Andy Mitchell.
Pictured are finallists (from left): Wayne Cox, Stuart Dunlop, John Secker, Colin Fisher, Gary Fitzsimmons, Mujeeb Pervez, Patrick Hildred, Mark Hildred, Tina Favell, Bob Pearson, Chris Clements, Andy Baxter, Gary Williamson, Ruth Simpson, George Cooper, Pete Andrews, Ady Proctor, Edy Goddard. Photo: Andy Mitchell.

MARK Hildred has won the Boston Squash Club title - 30 years after he first claimed the crown.

He first won the Buchner Open as a 16-year-old in 1981, and to mark that milestone, history repeated itself as he claimed a 3-1 final win over Chris Clements to retain the title, which he has now won 24 times.

Hildred also retained the over 35s and over 45s titles.

He faced Chris Clements in the final of the Buchner Open and, in one of the closest finals in recent years, soon opened up a 2-0 lead with wins of 10-9 and 9-2. But a 9-4 scoreline in the third game brought Clements back into the action.

Despite this, Hildred drew on his ability and overcame his fatigue to fight back in the fourth game 9-6.

The entertaining nature of the match was somewhat backed up by the statistics.

The final lasted for 70 minutes which was reflective of the long and competitive rallies.

In the over 35s tournament Hildred was crowned champion as Ady Proctor conceded the final due to injury. Hildred then beat Colin Fisher 9-3, 9-2, 9-3 to win the over 45s championship.

The ladies’ final saw Ruth Simpson overcome Tina Favell 3-0 to win the event for an impressive eigtth straight year.

The over 55s final witnessed another five-setter. Pete Andrews sealed a 3-2 win against Bob Pearson despite the latter’s efforts to climb back to 2-2 having been 2-0 down.

The junior final saw Hildred’s son Patrick beat Edy Goddard 9-6, 4-9, 9-4, 9-6.

The Plate Over 35s title was handed to Wayne Cox, who beat 2010 winner Gary Fitzsimmons 3-0. In the combined Plate Over 45s/55s event, Mujeeb Pervez beat George Cooper 3-0.

The racketball over 45s final saw Bob Pearson beat Andy Baxter in five games while Proctor managed to come from 2-1 down to beat John Secker 3-2 in a competitive Racketball Open final.

In the plates, Stuart Dunlop beat Stuart Garner 9-6 in the fifth in a closely-contested Main Plate final while, in the Racketball Plate, Gary Williamson beat John Payne 3-1.

The most-improved player award, chosen by club steward Paul Smith, was awarded to Jamie Adams, who is the third junior to have won the prize since 2004.

Tournament organiser Ady Proctor announced it was his last year of running the championships, having done so for a number of years.

Club Chairman Mark Hildred thanked Ady on everybody’s behalf for running the event.