Horsburgh’s great escape

Lynette Horsburgh
Lynette Horsburgh
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BLACKPOOL’S cue ace Lynette Horsburgh survived a first-match scare to book her place in the last 16 of the WEPF World 8-Ball Pool Championships.

The 37-year-old was heading for the Imperial Hotel exit doors as she trailed former snooker rival Katie Henrick 3-0 and 5-2.

But Horsburgh, champion in 2008, fought back to record a 6-5 victory over her Kent rival.

No.4 seed Horsburgh said: “I lost 6-5 to Jo Kent in the first round last year and thought history was about to repeat itself.

“I really rate Katie and I think she has the game to become world champion in the future, so I was pleased how I fought back. I played really well at the end, which surprised me because I haven’t done a great deal of practice.”

The BBC website journalist became a mum for the first time in April and has devoted most of her time to daughter Georgie.

Horsburgh returns to action against Ireland’s Michelle Rooney tomorrow.

The Championships run until Tuesday and all spectators are welcome.

Tickets are still available for Monday’s semi-finals (6pm and 9pm) and there is also limited availability for finals day, including the men’s team final at 11am, ladies’ individual final at 2pm and men’s individual final at 6pm.

For further ticket details contact 752581.