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Little Princess takes over as Queen of Crown Green.

WHEN she first started to play crown green bowls at the tender age of six, George Pritchatt called his daughter, Lynn, his "Little Princess".

But Lynn, now 28, could rightly become known as the "Queen of Crown Green Bowls" after winning the most prestigious ladies event on the calendar, the ladies' Waterloo at the Waterloo Hotel, Blackpool for the second time.

Ten years ago, the very thought of a Midlands player stealing all of the big ladies' events in Blackpool would have been seen as a joke by the top northern competitors but not any more because Lynn, from the Romsley and Hunnington BC at Halesowen, has se en them all off and in some style, creating history in the ladies' game at the same time.

At an early age, Lynn followed her father wherever he played and by the age of 14 was playing in the ladies' team at Ansells BC, winning her first event on the local scene at the age of 15.

One year later, she gained her place in the Warwickshire Ladies' county side and winning her first match 21-20 against one of the top northern players, Barbara Coupe, from North Lancs and Fylde.

She has been a permanent member of the county side since, playing more than 50 times with a 90 per cent winning record.

At 18, she collected the Warwickshire Ladies' Individual Merit title and, among her many other local triumphs, have been the Gate Ladies' Open the Throstle Ladies' Open, twice, along with several pairs wins.

Medical secretary Lynn, recently becoming the first lady crown green bowler to be sponsored by Lodgefield Electrical from Dudley, certainly becomes switched on when she travels to compete during the illuminations at Blackpool.

It was in 1993 that she first made her mark on the Blackpool bowls scene by winning the Ladies' Champion of Champions - a feat she was to repeat two years later in 1995 along with the Ladies' Talbot title. In between in 1994, she took the British Crown G reen Ladies' Individual Merit title.

It was in 1996, however, that Lynn entered the record books. Firstly, in the Big Bass Masters again in Blackpool, she ousted some of the top men to reach the semi-finals but, by taking the Ladies' Waterloo for the first time and retaining her Ladies' Tal bot title, she became the first lady in the history of the game to collect the two biggest ladies' titles in the same year.

This year she has already - along with her partner, top northern men's player, Paul Strutt - collected the Waterloo Mixed Pairs title and her latest win in the Ladies' Waterloo means that she will be back looking to win the Champion of Champions event fo r a record third time at the end of the month.

For good measure, Lynn also travelled a few miles from Blackpool to Fleetwood just over a month ago to lift the pounds 600 first prize in the Fleetwood Ladies' Open.

Lynn said: "I suppose winning the Ladies' Waterloo for the first time was a dream come true, winning it again is the icing on the cake and hopefully the Blackpool fresh air will continue to suit me."
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Author:Wakelam, Mike
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 27, 1998
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