Fallon Sherrock becomes first woman to make appearance in Premier League darts and just misses chance for historic victory in 6-6 draw with Glen Durrant
- Fallon Sherrock just missed out on more darts history against Glen Durrant
- She defeated both Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic at the World Championship
- Sherrock was bidding to become the first challenger to win at the tournament
Fallon Sherrock narrowly failed to create more history as she drew 6-6 with Glen Durrant at the Premier League in Nottingham.
The 25-year-old, who became the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship in December – defeating both Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic – was bidding to become the first challenger to win at the tournament.
She stayed in the match throughout and had the crowd on their feet in leg seven with three triple-figure visits before a superb 92 checkout with bull, six and double 18.
Fallon Sherrock narrowly missed out on creating more darts history in Nottingham
Sherrock did become the first woman to make an appearance at Premier League darts
Sherrock threw for the match in the final leg but was broken by the three-time BDO world champion and had to settle for a draw.
‘I’ve loved every minute of it. I’m so happy that I get to play again on the big stage. It’s been incredible,’ she told Sky Sports afterwards.
‘I’m speechless because everyone’s come and it’s amazing. I just thank everyone that’s here supporting. I’m so grateful.’
Sherrock was in the match throughout on Thursday evening as a challenger in the tournament
Discussing what comes next for her, Sherrock added: ‘I’m getting opportunities opening up all the time, so obviously I’m excited to see what 2020 holds for me.
‘I can’t wait for everything that’s coming and I’m just loving this at the moment.’
Durrant missed a string of doubles throughout the match but finally found his range in the last leg to break Sherrock’s throw and earn himself a point.
The 49-year-old paid tribute to his opponent, who had the vociferous backing of the Nottingham crowd.
‘All credit goes to Fallon,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘She’s just had the most amazing couple of months. That just cemented that.
But despite a mighty impressive display she fell short of beating Glen Durrant with a stalemate
‘To play in the Premier League… that was the toughest game I’ve ever had. Playing Fallon Sherrock on that stage is a lot harder than maybe I anticipated. I’m very lucky to get the draw.’
Achievements: First female to win PDC World Championship match with victories against Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic in December 2019
Reached third round before defeat to Chris Dobey
2015 Women’s World Darts Championship runner up
Defending champion Michael Van Gerwen is the only player with maximum points from the opening two weeks and he tops the table following an exceptional display to defeat Daryl Gurney.
Van Gerwen claimed a 7-1 win over Gurney with a 105 average, as well as hitting seven out of 11 on the doubles. Gurney on the other hand is down in last place with no points after a crushing defeat.
Rob Cross got his first win with a dramatic 7-5 success against Nathan Aspinall. ‘The Asp’ twice squandered a break of the darts, in leg three and leg seven, but on each occasion failed to stamp his authority and allowed his opponent to stay in the match.
Sherrock became the first female to win a World Championship game in December last year
Cross saved his throw with an incredible dart at double 16 from well wide of the oche in the penultimate leg before winning the match with a break of throw at the same double.
Gerwyn Price, who drew with Cross during week one in Aberdeen, staged a remarkable comeback to draw again and deny Michael Smith what seemed like a certain victory.
The 2018 Premier League runner-up lived up to his ‘Bully Boy’ moniker early on by storming into a 6-2 lead. He missed the seventh dart of a possible nine-darter en route to hitting two 10-dart legs and averaging, at one stage, 120.
Sherrock defeated both Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic in the PDC World Championship
However, Price displayed the never-say-die attitude for which he is renowned, reeling off the final four legs to snatch a point.
Peter Wright got off the mark with a hard-fought draw against Gary Anderson.
The world champion injured himself jumping on the stage but he hit a brilliant last leg to snatch a draw from Anderson who was left on a finish and ready to inflict back-to-back defeats on his fellow Scot.