Squash star Mark Hildred wins his 22nd Lincolnshire title

The Boston finalists.
The Boston finalists.

BOSTON Squash and Racketball Club members tasted success at the Lincolnshire County Squash Championships.

Mark Hildred won both the over 35s and over 45s championships - meaning he now has 22 county titles to his name.

He has won the main men’s competition eight times, the over 35 competition eleven times and the over 45 competition three times.

There was no over 55s championship, meaning last year’s winner David Stones is still the reigning champion, while Graham Wallis won the combined plate event.

The event was hosted at Boston’s Rosebery Avenue club.

In the over 45s competition, Hildred beat Ian Mallender in a keenly-fought contest, while Stones overcame Steve Bell in the other semi-final.

The all-Boston clash saw Hildred beat Bell for the title 15-12, 15-7, 15-8.

The over 35s competition saw Hildred beat Mike Poole, and Ady Proctor recorded a fine win against Russ Watkins to progress into the semi-final.

Stones had earlier edged past fellow Boston member Graham Wallis, but this had an effect on his quarter-final match, where he lost to John Hand.

The all-Boston semi saw Hildred beat Proctor, before he beat Dean Hiatt in the final 16-14, 15-11, 15-11.

In the men’s event there was a creditable performance from Boston’s Jason Green in the first round, before going down to Mike Poole.

Chris Clements was seeded through to the quarter-finals, but lost a tough battle to Neil Carlin.

The first final on court was the combined plate event for the first-round losers which saw a comprehensive victory for Boston’s Wallis, who overcame John Tamplin 15-4, 15-9,15-8.

The ladies’ final saw Lisa Tamplin (Cleethorpes) beat Lincoln’s Fran Wallis.

The climax of the event was the men’s final between number one-seed and defending champion Adam Auckland (Grimsby), now professional, and Grantham’s five-time winner Martin Gibson.

Auckland - with a 10-year advantage on Gibson - retained the county championship for the third consecutive year.