Arrows queen Fallon Sherrock put Glen Durrant to the sword in Robin Hood land to almost create another slice of darting folklore.
Sherrock had Glen Durrant on the ropes but eventually drew 6-6 as she became the first woman to play in the PDC Premier League in Nottingham last night.
Dubbed the “Sherrock of Nottingham”, she led Duzza 6-4 but couldn’t hang on, just two months after becoming the first woman to win a match in the World Championships. Now the Milton Keynes mum-of-one is just happy to prove she’s not a one-hit wonder.
Speaking excludively to Phil Lanning for Colossus, she said: “I’m hoping I can prove I’m not that. I think I can keep increasing my game now. If I can keep playing men week-in, week-out, the sky’s the limit for me. Women’s darts is as strong as it’s ever been. Hopefully we’ll get more chances to show just how strong we can be.”
On the day before cupid arrived, it was Fallon-tine’s Day in Nottingham with so much love shown for Sherrock by the crowd. It began as a tight match before Sherrock won a cracking seventh leg in 12 darts. She landed finishes of 140, 137, 132 and 92 to out-dazzle Duzza.
Sherrock added: “It was a good point for me because my aim for the game was to try and not lose. So even though I got the draw, I’m so happy with that. The first woman to play in the Premier League and I got a point, I’m so chuffed. I was just a bit more curious tonight. The Worlds was set play and this was just legs, I was dubious how it would go. I felt like I did OK.”
“It’s been so busy since the Worlds and I’ll just reflect on what has happened since then and enjoy it now. I’ve had experiences I will remember for the rest of my life. I was 6-4 in front but I’m not disappointed. I won six legs and didn’t lose. I felt so comfortable and confident I’d take my doubles out.”
“I think Glen must have been a bit nervous because I’ve never seen him miss that many doubles. If there was a women’s tournament I’d happily support it. It’s just good right now to get other opportunities.”
Rob Cross vowed that Robin Hood would have been proud of his almost impossible arrowing accuracy in Nottingham. The 2018 World Champion delivered a ‘banana’ throw to turn a gritty battle with Nathan Aspinall in his favour for a narrow win,
Voltage had to move two foot from the centre of the oche to find a double 16 finish and then grabbed the 7-5 victory with a cracking 112 outshot at the Motorpoint Arena.
“It was proper pressure. I’d missed the first two chances and I knew if I missed again Nathan was in to break my throw and favourite to win the match. I don’t really know how but I found a gap. I think it was fate in the end, fate found a way for the dart to get into the double.”
Gerwyn Price came back from the dead for the second successive week to grab a draw. The Welshman was 6-2 down and toiling but somehow found an extra gear to win four legs on the bounce to draw with Michael Smith.
Price said: “Last week I should have won but how good did Michael play today? I thought I was playing well but he just wasn’t missing anything. At 6-2 I thought I’d lost the game but I never give up and Michael gave me a few chances at the end.”
Smith added: “When I got to 6-5 I thought I’ve got a point instead of trying to kill it, I need to kill off games. I’m desperate for a win. My main aim tonight was to keep Gezzy quiet. But he wouldn’t be quiet in an empty room this guy!”
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