Hildred and Stones are county squash champions

We are the champions! Mark Hildred and Dave Stones.
We are the champions! Mark Hildred and Dave Stones.

BOSTON’S Mark Hildred and Dave Stones have been crowned county champions.

Hildred has been crowned the over 45s champion for the second time running, while Stones moved into the over 55s category, where he was victorious.

The Lincolnshire Squash County Championships were held at at Boston Squash and Racketball Club.

Stones, a previous 45s champion, was the first of the finalists on court, against an opponent who had won the over 55s category at the previous three championships.

It was a relatively comfortable victory for Stones, who won 9-1, 9-1, 9-4.

In the 45s, Hildred faced Colin Fisher in the final. Hildred ran away with the first game 9-1.

However, the next stage of the match was markedly different.

Fisher took an 8-5 lead and was on the verge of pulling level, but he let his lead slip and Hildred doubled his advantage to 2-0 via a 10-8 scoreline.

The third game finished 9-4 to Hildred, thus securing him the over 45s county title after a competitive final which lasted 39 minutes.

Hildred then lost to John Hand 15-13, 11-6, 11-4 in the over 35s showdown.

The closest and most impressive ladies’ final saw Fran Wallis beat Lisa Tamplin 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7.

The men’s open concluded with 19-year-old Adam Auckland beating Richard Parsons 11-8, 11-1, 11-7 to retain the title of county champion.

There were two more successes for Boston as Jake Fountain beat OIlie Fixter 11-5, 11-7, 11-1 in the final of the main plate, and Ady Proctor overcame Gary Cheetham 9-0, 9-1, 7-9, 9-7 to win the senior plate final.