Lynns triumph in the sun

Anita Richardson with Lynn Pritchatt
Anita Richardson with Lynn Pritchatt

Cannock’s Lynn Pritchatt claimed the £920 Cantina Per Vini Wine Cellar Ladies Singles trophy with a dominant display at the Athena Beach Hotel greens.

Lynn gave up her position in the commentary box to show why she is regarded as one of the best ladies to have played the game. That is not to say that Lynn had it all her own way as the finals day saw some excellent bowling and close games.

In the last 16 Marjorie Beaumont kept level with Lynn until a decisive break at the end of the game when Lynn settled on a corner mark. The same could be said for Diane Hunt in the last 8. Tracey Wraight had impressed everyone with how she had adapted to the greens on her first visit and she gave Lynn a hell of a game in the semi. In the  final Lynn met Wirral’s Anita Richardson who had been involved in some epic games to get to the final. Both Bev Chesters and Ann Fryer could testify to Anita’s ‘never say die’ attitude.

The final saw Lynn take control early on and she made sure Anita never had a run with the jack. Lynn had settled on a long corner mark and was just too good on it. Try as much as she could Anita just couldn’t get a run with the jack and Lynn was a worthy winner of the £250 first prize.

Lynn Pritchatt leading out in the corners against Anita Richardson
Lynn Pritchatt leading out in the corners against Anita Richardson

Game of the day though was a marathon game in the last 16 between Tracey Wraight and Ronni Lyon. Ronni had the experience on the green and swept into an early lead playing corners. Tracey was using a set of her son Callum’s bowls and they must have been trained to play a minimum length mark on an edge. Tracey inched her way level and then both ladies played extremely well to each others jack. Tracey it was who just claimed the win in a high quality marathon of a game.

Results 

Last 16: Bev Chester 20 Anita Richardson 21, Sue Nugent 20 Ann Fryer 21, Joyce Asquith 11 Jean Carroll 21, Joy Ellis 21 Beryl Keogh 10, Jan Pratley 21 Irene Pritchatt 06, Tracey Wraight 21 Ronnie Lyon 20, Lynn Pritchatt 21 Marjorie Beaumont 14, Marjorie Procter 19 Diane Hunt 21
Last 8: Ann Fryer 19 Anita Richardson 21, Jean Carroll 21 Joy Ellis 12, Jan Pratley 16 Tracey Wraight 21, Lynn Pritchatt 21 Diane Hunt 11
Semi Final: Anita Richardson 21 Jean Carroll 11, Tracey Wraight 17 Lynn Pritchatt 21
Final: Anita Richardson 10 Lynn Pritchatt 21

Steve Davies

Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Merseyside champion in 2002 and Merseyside County President (2014-15) Steve has always been keen to promote the game especially through the broadcast of the game on TV or Internet. Steve set up the LIVE BOWLS YouTube channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine after consulting with respected figures in the game and journalism.