Top seeds Tom Richards and Jaclyn Kemp took the men’s and women’s titles at the 17th BSPA Boston Open this weekend.
The high-quality action began at Boston Squash and Racketball Club on Friday.
Although he lost 3-1, Boston’s Mark Hildred put in a good performance to take the third game on a tie-break against Keith Timms.
Saturday’s quarter-finals saw the ladies’ event’s top two seeds - Kemp and Victoria Temple-Murray - progress comfortably, and they would go on to do similar in the semis against fellow quarter-final winners Alison Thomson and Lily Taylor.
The men’s quarters saw Richards beat Tristan Eysele 3-0, number two seed Jonathan Kemp beat Ben Ford 3-1, defending champion Eddie Charlton beat Doug Kempsell in straight games, and 5/8 seed Scott Handley progress at the expense of Greg Lobban.
In the semis, Richards came from a game down to beat Handley 3-1 and Kemp knocked out Eddie Charlton 3-1.
Sunday’s finals were set up perfectly, with the world’s number 22 and 44 ranked players in the men’s and a Commonwealth gold medalist against the European under 19 champion in the ladies’ events.
Experience was the winner in the women’s showpiece, as Kemp beat Temple-Murray 11/4, 8/11, 12/10, 11/6.
The men’s match saw the first five-game final for three years, as Richards won 3/11, 11/6, 12/10, 5/11, 11/6 in a fitting climax.
Pictured are Richards and Kemp with their trophies.