Deta Hedman has admitted the ‘phantom double’ incident during the recent Six Nations Cup was “the lowest feeling” of her career.
The incident occurred during the first day of the event in Scotland when England’s Hedman was facing Republic of Ireland’s Caroline Breen.
Hedman, requiring 36, had gone inside the 18 with her second dart, but believing the dart to be in the double, began to walk to the board. She then returned to the oche to throw at double nine, and though the attempt landed narrowly inside the single nine, the referee called ‘game shot’.
Upon acknowledging the error, the leg was later awarded to Ireland at the insistence of Hedman, leaving the final score 5-4 to England as opposed to 6-3.
The 62-year-old, twice a World Masters winner and a three-time world finalist, was branded a ‘cheat’ by some sections of social media after the clip emerged, but Hedman took to Facebook on Monday to clarify the situation.
She posted: ‘Sadly wasn’t to be and we lost in the final to a very good Republic of Ireland team. Caroline, Katie and Robyn were superb.
‘Friday night was the lowest I’ve felt in my darting career. I saw a video of my match against Caroline and realised my dart wasn’t in the double.
‘I saw comments about I looked at the dart and knew it wasn’t in D9 and cheated, on the previous throw I thought D18 was in and when D9 was called “game” I was laughing to myself for my walkies on previous throw and just took my darts out of the board.
‘Many tears were shed on Friday night and all day Saturday.
‘I would like to thank all those at the venue for support they gave me on Saturday and a special thank you to Caroline Breen who was fantastic to me as were the other players competing in 6 Nations.
‘To those on social media who branded me a cheat, you really don’t know me, to the hundreds of people who sent me messages of support, thank you very much – it means a lot to me .
‘My roomie Lorraine Winstanley and England teammates and officials helped me through this incident, thank you all.’
England and Republic of Ireland women’s teams met again in the final, with Breen, Katie Sheldon and Robyn Byrne eventually defeating Hedman, Beau Greaves and Lorraine Winstanley to claim the title.
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Deta Hedman secured a dream debut in the 2020/21 World Darts Championship after finishing in the top two of the Women’s Series Order of Merit, where she was joined by Lisa Ashton.
The experienced duo had shared victories in the opening two PDC Women’s Series events on Saturday, with Ashton then claiming her second victory of the weekend in Sunday’s Event Three.
Sherrock went on to take victory in Event Four, but Hedman’s run to the Quarter-Finals eventually proved just enough as she claimed the World Championship place by virtue of Legs Won across the four events, after the pair had tied on £2,250 on the final Order of Merit.
Ashton topped the final rankings with £2,450 and continued a memorable weekend by opening Sunday’s action with victory in Event Three, defeating Hedman 6-3 in the final.
She was pushed all the way by Corinne Hammond and Vicky Pruim in the latter stages, and overcame teenage talent Beau Greaves 4-2 in the Last 16.
Hedman overcame Sherrock 4-3 in the Event Three quarter-finals, having earlier seen off Lorraine Winstanley, and a 5-0 whitewash of Tracy North secured her spot in the final.
Sherrock would avenge that loss to Hedman with a 4-2 victory at the same stage in Event Four, before seeing off Ashton 5-1 in the semi-finals.
She was then a 6-2 winner against Australian star Hammond in the final to claim the £1,000 top prize and complete a strong weekend at the Barnsley Metrodome.
Hammond finished in fourth place on the Order of Merit with £1,350 prize money won, with Dutch ace Aileen de Graaf – the Event Two runner-up – ending the PDC Women’s Series in fifth with £1,000.
Hedman, who turns 61 in November, will become the second oldest debutant in PDC World Championship history behind John Magowan – who made his debut at the Circus Tavern in 2005 aged 64.
Fallon Sherrock 4-0 Casey Gallagher
Deta Hedman 4-0 Donna Gleed
Tracey North 4-0 Robyn Byrne
Aileen de Graaf 4-1 Katie Sheldon
Jo Clements 4-3 Felicia Blay
Corrine Hammond 4-0 Louise Pearson
Vicky Pruim 4-3 Maria O’Brien
Lisa Ashton 4-2 Beau Greaves
Deta Hedman 4-3 Fallon Sherrock
Tracy North 4-2 Aileen de Graaf
Corinne Hammond 4-1 Jo Clements
Lisa Ashton 4-3 Vicky Pruim
Deta Hedman 5-0 Tracy North
Lisa Ashton 5-4 Corinne Hammond
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Deta Hedman
Fallon Sherrock 4-1 Natalie Gilbert
Deta Hedman 4-2 Rhian O’Sullivan
Lisa Ashton 4-2 Aileen de Graaf
Eleanor Cairns 4-1 Evonne Taylor
Corrine Hammond 4-0 Felicia Blay
Lorraine Winstanley 4-0 Margaret Sutton
Laura Turner 4-3 Tracy Davies
Maria O’Brien 4-1 Tracy North
Fallon Sherrock 4-2 Deta Hedman
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Eleanor Cairns
Corinne Hammond 4-2 Lorraine Winstanley
Laura Turner 4-1 Maria O’Brien
Fallon Sherrock 5-1 Lisa Ashton
Corinne Hammond 5-1 Laura Turner
Fallon Sherrock 6-2 Corinne Hammond
1. Lisa Ashton £2,450
2. Deta Hedman £2,250
3. Fallon Sherrock £2,250
4. Corrine Hammond £1,350
5. Aileen de Graaf £1,000
6. Lorraine Winstanley £800
7. Vicky Pruim £650
8. Felicia Blay £550
9. Joanne Locke £550
10. Tracy North £550
11. Donna Gleed £450
12. Tracey Davies £450
13. Laura Turner £400
14. Maria O’Brien £400
15. Beau Greaves £350
16. Eleanor Cairns £350
Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman shared victories on the opening day of the PDC Women’s Series in Barnsley on Saturday.
A series of four events are being held across the weekend, with the top two players from the final Order of Merit securing a place in this year’s World Championship.
Ashton followed up Friday’s Grand Slam qualification by storming to victory in the opening PDC Women’s Series Event, defeating Fallon Sherrock 6-3 in the final.
Ashton dropped just two legs in her first five games to reach the final, although Sherrock edged the early exchanges to lead 2-1.
Ashton then checked out 95 and 170 – for a 12-darter – to move ahead, and after Sherrock levelled in leg six it was the four-time Women’s World Champion who took out 120 and 100 for further 12-dart legs as she raced to victory.
Australia’s Corinne Hammond ended Ashton’s hopes in the Last 32 of Event Two, with 60-year-old Hedman capitalising to claim the £1,000 title.
Hedman saw off Anastasia Dobromyslova in her second game of the event and also recorded three whitewash victories before enjoying a 5-1 Semi-Final success against Sherrock.
Aileen de Graaf came from 2-1 down to lead 3-2 and 5-3 in the final, but the leading Dutch ace was unable to close out the win as Hedman showed her experience to battle back and win the deciding leg.
Hedman leads the Women’s Series Order of Merit with £1,400, with Ashton on £1,050 and Sherrock on £1,000.
Lisa Ashton 4-1 Rhian O’Sullivan
Louise Pearson 4-3 Chloe O’Brien
Beau Greaves 4-2 Eleanor Cairns
Joanne Locke 4-1 Teri-Frances Kidwell
Corrine Hammond 4-2 Vicky Pruim
Deta Hedman 4-0 Evonne Taylor
Fallon Sherrock 4-3 Lorraine Winstanley
Felicia Blay 4-2 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Louise Pearson
Joanne Lock 4-3 Beau Greaves
Deta Hedman 4-1 Corinne Hammond
Fallon Sherrock 4-0 Felicia Blay
Lisa Ashton 5-1 Joanne Locke
Fallon Sherrock 5-4 Deta Hedman
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Fallon Sherrock
Aileen De Graaf 4-1 Mandy Solomons
Tracey Davies 4-2 Crissy Manley
Annmarie Potts 4-0 Joanne Locke
Lorraine Winstanley 4-1 Katie Sheldon
Deta Hedman 4-0 Natalie Gilbert
Vicky Pruim 4-1 Corrine Hammond
Fallon Sherrock 4-0 Denise Cassidy
Donna Gleed 4-1 Felicia Blay
Aileen de Graaf 4-0 Tracey Davies
Lorraine Winstanley 4-1 Annmarie Potts
Deta Hedman 4-0 Vicky Pruim
Fallon Sherrock 4-1 Donna Gleed
Aileen de Graaf 5-3 Lorraine Winstanley
Deta Hedman 5-1 Fallon Sherrock
Deta Hedman 6-5 Aileen de Graaf
1. Deta Hedman £1,400
2. Lisa Ashton £1,050
3. Fallon Sherrock £1,000
4. Aileen de Graaf £650
5. Lorraine Winstanley £500
6. Joanne Locke £500
7. Vicky Pruim £350
8. Corrine Hammond £350
9. Felicia Blay £350