Hot potter Lynette is UK champ

BLACKPOOL'S Lynette Horsburgh (above) was today celebrating the biggest win of her title-packed snooker career.

She became the United Kingdom women's champion after a nail-biting 4-3 final win over Dudley's Reanne Evans at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds.

Pocket dynamo Horsburgh – just five feet tall – re-affirmed her world number two spot in the opening event on the 2004-5 World Ladies Snooker tour.

The 30-year-old BBC web producer was delighted to beat Evans, who is hotly tipped for the World Ladies' Championship later this month in Holland.

Lynette was delighted to claim such a prized scalp.

"Reanne is now playing full-time and competing on the men's circuit.

"I think she'll be the best lady player to hold a cue before too long."

Horsburgh, who lost in the semi-finals of last year's world championships in China, isn't going due to work commitments.

The Anglo-Scot is also busy competing on the ladies pool circuit – she represents Scotland at both pool and snooker, but it doesn't seem to have affected her form.

Horsburgh said: "I haven't played a snooker match apart from one frame league snooker since the Luton event in March – I've been playing instead on the ladies' pool circuit.

"I wish I was going to the World Championships now!"

Horsburgh hit the highest break of the tournament with an 82 during her 4-1 semi-final win over Kent's June Banks.

It overhauled Evans's effort during her 4-0 quarter-final win over Rochester's Katie Henrick by a single point.

World Champion and world number one Kelly Fisher, who is enjoying success on the Ladies American pool circuit, was back in the UK, but felt she didn't have enough transition time to play in a snooker competition.