Lisa Ashton secures PDC World Darts Championship debut

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 25 Nov 2018
Ashton books her place at Ally Pally

Lisa Ashton booked her place in the 2018/19 PDC World Championship after coming through the UK & Ireland qualifier in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

The four-time Women's World Champion came through a field of 122 players to secure a coveted spot in the sport's show-piece at Alexandra Palace.

Ashton, 48, joins fellow multiple World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova in progressing to the £2.5 million tournament after the Russian came through the Rest of the World qualifier in Dusseldorf last week.

Ashton dropped just five legs in seven matches as she swept through the field to take her place in Monday's First Round draw.

The Bolton ace recorded 4-0 whitewashes in her opening five matches as she overcame Sharon Costello, Stephanie Stutley, Sarah Ceska, Jane Densley and Denise Cassidy.

She then defeated Rhian Griffiths 5-2 in the Semi-Finals before wrapping up a 6-3 win over Maria O'Brien in the final with a spectacular 132 checkout on the bull.

Ashton had been joined in the qualifier by her daughters Danielle - who reached the last 16 - and Lindsey, who lost in Round One.

O'Brien ended the hopes of BDO number two Deta Hedman and world number four Fallon Sherrock in the latter stages.

Hedman, a three-time UK Open qualifier, lost out in the Semi-Finals alongside Rhian Griffiths, while Courtney Hine, daughter of PDC player Steve, was among the quarter-finalists.

Lorraine Winstanley, the wife of former PDC star Dean, went down 4-3 to Hedman in the Last 16.


PDC World Championship 2018/19 - Women's UK & Ireland Qualifier Results


Sunday November 25

Last 32
Steph Hewson 4-3 Samantha Harris
Fallon Sherrock 4-0 Claire Brookin
Maria O'Brien 4-1 Sarah-Louise Mallott
Diane Nash 4-2 Angela Barrow
Deta Hedman 4-0 Kate Drake
Lorraine Winstanley 4-2 Lisa Brosnan
Natalie Gilbert 4-3 Mandy Smith
Casey Gallagher 4-0 Louise Pearson
Jane Densley 4-3 Robyn Byrne
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Sarah Ceska
Samantha Kirton 4-2 Sarah Roberts
Denise Cassidy 4-2 Lisa Munt
Amanda Abbott 4-2 Juliet Findley
Rhian Griffiths 4-2 Jo Locke
Courtney Hine 4-0 Sharon Tompkins
Danielle Ashton 4-1 Becca Barrow

Last 16
Fallon Sherrock 4-1 Steph Hewson
Maria O'Brien 4-1 Diane Nash
Deta Hedman 4-3 Lorraine Winstanley
Casey Gallagher 4-2 Natalie Gilbert
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Jane Densley
Denise Cassidy 4-2 Samantha Kirton
Rhian Griffiths 4-3 Amanda Abbott
Courtney Hine 4-3 Danielle Ashton

Quarter-Finals
Maria O'Brien 4-3 Fallon Sherrock
Deta Hedman 4-2 Casey Gallagher
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Denise Cassidy
Rhian Griffiths 4-0 Courtney Hine

Semi-Finals
Maria O'Brien 5-2 Deta Hedman
Lisa Ashton 5-2 Rhian Griffiths

Final
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Maria O'Brien


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