Richards and Kemp are champions at the Boston Open

Kemp and Richards.
Kemp and Richards.

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.