Fallon Sherrock says she is “not welcome with the women anymore” and is determined to secure a place on the main PDC circuit.
Sherrock made history by reaching the Third Round of the PDC World Championship in 2019, becoming the first female to beat a man in the sport’s most prestigious event and blazing the trail for a new era of women’s darts.
She has since featured heavily in the World Series of Darts and became the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay champion in Blackpool earlier this year.
However, Sherrock’s remarkable rise to prominence has come at a cost, making her a target for online abuse, as well as being ostracised by fellow players at the PDC Women’s Series.
“It doesn’t matter what I do, I am still going to get hate,” said Sherrock. “I could be the best person in the world and I still get hate or I could do everything wrong and still get it.
“I am at a point now where I am like, ‘If you are going to hate me, hate me’.
“I’m not going to beat around the bush, I even get it with players now and I genuinely don’t care anymore. I am at a point where I don’t care what anyone does or says to me.
“It’s mostly the women, I’m not welcome with the women much anymore, I learned that last weekend in Wigan.
“I want to try and better myself so I have more opportunity playing on the PDC side with the men, so hopefully I can perform better and improve.
“I feel what me and Lisa have done for the sport, I don’t think they realise how much we have helped.
“It’s not like they should say thank you, but they genuinely don’t care and they are all against us, they cheer against us and it’s just not a very nice environment.”
Sherrock recalled an incident at the Women’s Series at Wigan last weekend, where the ‘best of order’ was broken from the spectators behind the curtain during a final against Beau Greaves.
Greaves landed a pivotal 148 checkout to level the game at three-all, prompting a raucous cheer from other players and guests, and after losing her composure, Sherrock went on to lose 5-3.
WDF World Champion Greaves went on to clinch second spot in the Women’s Series Order of Merit and a place in December’s World Championship at the expense of Sherrock.
“It should be best of order at these events,” admitted Sherrock. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s all run perfectly – the PDC run it so well.
“I just remember playing that final against Beau, but that roar after her 148. After the match I walked out and could see everyone barring people that were sat on my table watching and cheering and I just thought, ‘Do you know what, you should support everyone in the room if they play well’.
“I get it all the time, I don’t know why I’m not used to it by now.
“I did let the atmosphere get to me, I should be more professional around it all, I shouldn’t let it get to me, but me and Lisa have done so much, it wasn’t even the end of the game.
“I could understand if it was the end of the game. It was literally all the room.
“It makes me more determined and encourages me to do better because I want to push the game as far as I can and make a good living for me and my little boy and that is the only thing I have in my mindset.
“I want to raise awareness for women to play in sport and things like that so the more I can do for it then brilliant, but at the moment I am just focused on doing myself and my little boy proud.”
Sherrock is set to return to Qualifying School in January in a latest attempt to earn a coveted two-year PDC Tour Card.
She has racked up ten PDC Women’s Series titles since 2020, including three this year, and though Greaves has claimed an astonishing eight titles in a row, the 28-year-old insists there is animosity between the pair.
“Beau is a really good player, she can be as good as she wants to be in herself,” added Sherrock.
“I don’t know her that well, I will say ‘hi’ to her. Genuinely I think she is a great asset to the sport and she can excel as high as she wants to go.
“I’m all up for that because it means that it is not all on me and I am not going to get all of the hate.”
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Fallon Sherrock admits she is relishing the prospect of facing reigning World Champion Beau Greaves in the PDC Women’s Series next year.
Sherrock created a further slice of history by winning the inaugural PDC Women’s World Matchplay in Blackpool last weekend, defeating Aileen de Graaf 6-3 in the final.
As well as £10,000 in prize money, that triumph assured Sherrock of a place in November’s Grand Slam of Darts, having reached the Quarter-Finals last year.
Sherrock is currently second on the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit behind Lisa Ashton and is also eyeing a return to Alexandra Palace for the World Championship in December.
The 28-year-old is set to be joined on the Women’s Series circuit in 2023 by 18-year-old sensation Greaves – who became the youngster-ever World Darts Champion courtesy of her Lakeside success in April.
Greaves, the current WDF Women’s number one, has dominated the circuit this season, notably adding the Dutch Open, England Open, Isle of Man Open and Welsh Open titles to her CV.
Sherrock says Greaves, who has opted to fully focus on the WDF circuit in 2022, will be a welcome addition to the PDC Women’s Series next year, admitting: “I think it’s going to make us play better as well.
“All these young players coming through is going to make us play better because we know we have to up our game.
“I cannot wait to see what’s pushed against me now.
“Beau is quality now, imagine next year when she’s got all the experience from the WDF?
“She’s already World Champion, imagine how many other people she’s going to be able to push?
“It’ll be exciting to see where Beau finishes at the Women’s Series next year.”
The Women’s World Matchplay was the first fully-televised women’s event to be staged by the PDC and has raised the prospect of further events, including a PDC Women’s World Championship, being held in the near future.
Sherrock, however, admits the overall strength in-depth must improve in order to create such opportunities, adding: “I think there are a few barriers that need to be crossed first.
“We’ve just got eight women now [in the World Matchplay], there are a few others but there’s still a massive gap so we do need the Women’s Series to carry on and give the other women more confidence and more professional play.
“Hopefully then in a couple of years we might be looking at that, but I genuinely think it’s not far off, we just need to boost all the other women’s confidence because that’s what is lacking.
“Hopefully, instead of seeing us on the odd occasion, you’ll see us more regularly, hitting 90-100 averages. We can do it, we just need more opportunities to prove ourselves and get the confidence.”
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Sherrock has become a household name in recent years following her historic exploits at the 2019/20 PDC World Championship – where she became the first female to beat a man in the competition and went on to reach the Last 32.
The 27-year-old has gone on to reach the Grand Slam of Darts Quarter-Finals and the final of the Nordic Masters, while also picking up several PDC Women’s Series titles.
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|Current WDF Women’s ranking||2|
|Highest televised average||101.55|
|Career prize money||£100,000|
|Nickname||The Queen of The Palace|
|Date of Birth||July 2, 1994|
|Walk-on music||“Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry|
|Darts used||23g Dynasty Signature|
Sherrock began playing county darts at youth level aged 17 and represented England Youth team in the girls’ singles division at the 2011 WDF Europe Cup Youth tournament.
Her first singles title of note was the 2012 Girls World Masters, before backing it up with victory in the Women’s British Classic the following year.
After finishing her A-levels, she opted against studying forensic science at university in order to focus on pursuing a career in professional darts.
Sherrock made her first appearance in the BDO World Championship at Lakeside in 2014, beating Rilana Erades in straight sets before losing out to reigning champion Anastasia Dobromyslova in the Quarter-Finals.
The following year, Sherrock went on to reach the final, gaining revenge on Dobromyslova in the Semi-Finals before being denied glory by Lisa Ashton, despite landing six 180s in a high quality contest.
That remains Sherrock’s only appearance in a World Final to date, with a shock First Round exit coming in 2016 followed by three consecutive Quarter-Final defeats.
A significant change to the PDC World Championship field in 2018 saw the introduction of two female qualifiers from a women’s qualifying event.
Though Sherrock missed out that year, she secured a debut appearance at Ally Pally in 2019 and went on to make global headlines with a career-defining run to the Third Round.
She firstly overcame Ted Evetts 3-2 in Round One, before pulling off a sensational 3-1 scalp of world number 11 Mensur Suljovic in Round Two.
Her ground-breaking run was eventually brought to an end by Chris Dobey – who clinched a 4-2 victory in the Last 32, though Sherrock’s exploits had captured the attention of news outlets worldwide and elevated her into the limelight.
Sherrock withdrew from the 2020 BDO Women’s World Championship due to ‘unexpected changes’ to the event, instead opting to compete in a German ProSieben’s pro-am doubles event alongside former Italy striker and World Cup winner Luca Toni.
Though she was unable to secure a Tour Card at PDC Qualifying School that year, Sherrock competed in the UK Open and was a ‘Challenger’ in the Premier League – where she held eventual champion Glen Durrant to a 6-6 draw in Nottingham.
After failing to qualify for the World Championship that year and missing out at Q School again, Sherrock’s next key moment came in the 2021 Nordic Masters in Copenhagen, recovering from 9-3 down to defeat Dimitri van den Bergh 11-10 before being narrowly denied by Michael van Gerwen in the final.
That run saw Sherrock become the only woman in the history of the PDC to have reached the final of a televised tournament.
Following the introduction of the PDC Women’s Series in late 2021, Sherrock stormed to six titles and secured a return to Alexandra Palace, as well as a debut in the Grand Slam of Darts.
At the Grand Slam, she set a new record for the highest televised average by a woman (101.55) in a 5-0 whitewash of Mike de Decker en route to reaching the knockout stage – where she defeated Suljović in the Last 16, before losing to Peter Wright in the Quarter-Finals.
There was to be no repeat of her Ally Pally heroics the second time around, with Steve Beaton sealing a 3-2 victory in Round One.
Sherrock has faced hateful comments online after a number of her matches, but has admitted she uses them as motivation to prove the doubters wrong: “If I’m feeling a bit slouchy, I’ll look at some of the comments and I’ll be like: ‘OK, now I need to prove you wrong.”
Her selection for all World Series events in 2022 has also been criticised due to the fact she is a non Tour Card holder, while pundits and players clashed with their opinions over the speculation that she would be included in the 2022 Premier League.
Fallon Sherrock has withdrawn from the WDF World Championship for a second time, a statement from her management confirmed.
Sherrock initially declined an invitation last December when the inaugural WDF World Championship was due to be held in January.
However, she accepted a second invitation last week after it was confirmed that Russian players were unable to compete, thus ruling out Anastasia Dobromyslova and Elena Shulgina.
Just days later, though, Sherrock has again pulled out of the competition, with no specific reason given for the decision.
A statement from her management MODUS, read: “We are saddened to advise that Fallon Sherrock will not be participating in the WDF Lakeside World Championship in April.
“This is by no means a reflection on the WDF. We would like to thank them for the original invitation and wish them well with their tournament.”
Sherrock will be replaced in the women’s draw by Priscilla Steenbergen from the Netherlands – the highest ranked WDF player at the end of 2021 not already qualified.
Steenbergen will take on Canada’s Darlene van Sleeuwen in Round One, while Corrine Hammond now awaits the winner of the tie between Paula Jacklin and Rhian O’Sullivan in Round Two.
Sherrock lost out to Steve Beaton on her return to Alexandra Palace in December and failed to gain a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January.
She picked up one of the four available PDC Women’s Series titles last weekend and looked set to make her televised return at Lakeside, but her latest withdrawal comes as another blow to the event organisers.
The tournament, which takes place from April 2-10, marks the sport’s televised return to Lakeside for the first time since 2019 – when the BDO hosted its penultimate World Championship before being liquidated the following year.
The men’s event will incorporate a prize fund of £200,000, with £50,000 on offer to the winner, while the women’s event features a total prize fund of £87,500, with a £25,000 top prize up for grabs.
We are saddened to advise that Fallon Sherrock will not be participating in the WDF Lakeside World Championship in April. This is by no means a reflection on the WDF. We would like to thank them for the original invitation and wish them well with their tournament.
— MODUS Sports (@ModusDarts180) March 16, 2022
Fallon Sherrock will return to Lakeside to compete in the 2022 WDF World Championship as one of four replacements for banned Russian players.
Following the IOC’s recommendation that no Russian players are permitted to participate in WDF events, Anastasia Dobromyslova, Elena Shulgina, Aleksey Kadochnikov and Roman Obukhov have all been withdrawn from the competition.
They have been replaced in the field and replaced by Sherrock, Jo Clements, John Scott and Landon Gardiner – the highest ranked players in the WDF world ranking tables at the end of 2021 that had not previously accepted the original invitation to compete.
Sherrock, the WDF women’s number two, had originally declined an invitation to compete, instead focusing on her PDC World Championship return, which ended in a First Round defeat to Steve Beaton at Alexandra Palace.
The 27-year-old, who finished runner-up in the 2015 Women’s World Championship at Lakeside, failed to gain a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January and has now accepted a second invitation to compete in the inaugural WDF World Championship from April 2-10.
She will take on either Paula Jacklin or Rhian O’Sullivan in the Second Round.
“This unfortunate situation has impacted players representing the Russian Darts Federation and it is with sincere regret that Anastasia Dobromyslova, Elena Shulgina, Aleksey Kadochnikov and Roman Obukhov are now unable to compete in the 2022 World Championships,” said WDF Chief Development Officer Richard Ashdown.
“On behalf of the WDF, I would like to thank the RDF and the players affected for their understanding and the integrity shown during this time. Especially to Anastasia, who as one of the greatest champions and most beloved personalities in the sport will be sorely missed at the Lakeside in April.”
Leonard Gates, the highest ranked men’s player at the end of 2021 not already seeded, will now advance to Round Two, replacing 15th seed Kadochnikov in the draw.
In place of Gates, Johnny Haines will now play WDF number 43 John Scott in the opening round, with Jim McEwan facing New Zealand regional qualifier Landon Gardiner (replacing Roman Obukhov).
The tournament marks the sport’s televised return to Lakeside for the first time since 2019 – when the BDO hosted its penultimate World Championship before being liquidated the following year.
The men’s event will incorporate a prize fund of £200,000, with £50,000 on offer to the winner, while the women’s event features a total prize fund of £87,500, with a £25,000 top prize up for grabs.
Saturday April 2
John Scott (Eng) v Johnny Haines (Eng)
Jim McEwan (Sco) v Landon Gardiner (NZ)
Suzanne Smith (Eng) v Jo Clements (Eng)
Monday April 4
Fallon Sherrock (Eng) v Paula Jacklin (Eng) or Rhian O’Sullivan (Wal)
Wednesday April 6
Leonard Gates (USA) v Steve Hine (Eng) or Kevin Luke (USA)
Fallon Sherrock has turned down an invitation to compete in the inaugural WDF World Darts Championship at Lakeside.
Sherrock was due to be the number three seed in the women’s event but has opted out of a return to Frimley Green in order to focus on commitments elsewhere.
The WDF World Championship runs from January 1-9 and will incorporate a prize fund of £87,500 for the women’s event, with £25,000 on offer to the winner.
Sherrock, who shot to prominence by reaching the Last 32 of the PDC World Championship two years ago, made the headlines again by reaching the Quarter-Finals of last month’s Grand Slam of Darts.
The 27-year-old also finished top of the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit to secure a return to Alexandra Palace – where she will face Steve Beaton in Round One.
Having picked up £20,000 in prize money for her run to the Last Eight of the Grand Slam, Sherrock is now officially ranked 94th in the PDC Order of Merit and could earn a Tour Card outright by winning two matches at Ally Pally to enter the world’s top 64.
Should she fail to do that, Sherrock will head to Qualifying School, which begins on January 9 – clashing with the final of the Women’s WDF World Championship.
Sherrock had been given a special exemption to compete in both the WDF and PDC World Championships, while the likes of Jim Williams, Matt Campbell and Chris Landman were forced to choose and each opted to compete at Ally Pally.
The ‘Queen of The Palace’ is yet to win a women’s world title, having lost in the final at Lakeside in 2015, while losing in a further four Quarter-Finals.
The draw for the 2022 WDF World Championship is due to take place from 7pm GMT on Tuesday December 7.
The tournament marks the sport’s televised return to Lakeside for the first time since 2019 -when the BDO hosted its penultimate World Championship before being liquidated the following year.
Fallon Sherrock could be about to swap the oche for the ice rink after auditioning to take part in ITV’s Dancing On Ice.
Sherrock made worldwide headlines by reaching the Last 32 of the PDC World Championship last December and has since enjoyed new-found fame as the most recognisable female darts player on the planet.
She acquired the nickname ‘The Queen of The Palace’ after beating Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic at Alexandra Palace, before narrowly losing out to Chris Dobey in a historic run.
The 26-year-old missed out on a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January but did feature as a ‘Challenger’ in the Premier League, as well as the UK Open, and has since been participating in the Modus Icons of Darts Live League.
She was due to feature in every World Series event this year, including the US Masters in New York, before they were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sherrock was among a host of celebrities pictured arriving at the Slough Ice Arena in Berkshire earlier this week for secret auditions for the popular TV series Dancing On Ice.
A total of 17 celebrities, including former Chelsea and England footballer Wayne Bridge and actress Denise van Outen, turned up for auditions to be one of the final 12 on the show.
There are likely to be other auditions for celebrities based in more remote areas and abroad before the final participants are confirmed.
The show, which first aired in 2006, will begin its latest series in January, with training kicking off in the autumn.
If Sherrock was to be chosen to take part, she would become the first darts player to do so.
Five-time World Champion Eric Bristow famously appeared on ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ in 2012, finishing fourth.
Fallon Sherrock silenced the social media trolls by finishing top of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League table on Friday.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Sherrock had been the target of vile online abuse and threats, sharing a screenshot of the messages and tweeting: “All I did was not win a game of darts, this is so wrong.”
However, she responded in superb fashion on the oche, topping the table with four wins from her five matches in the ‘at home’ live streamed event.
“Wow. Very, very happy. Thank you to everyone who offered their kind words over the past 24 hours, these messages and winning today have made me very happy,” she tweeted.
History-maker Sherrock, who reached the Last 32 of the PDC World Championship, began the day with a 5-2 victory over Scott Marsh, averaging 92 and converting five of her eight attempts at doubles.
She then returned to whitewash Dave Parletti 5-0 with a 98.8 average, a 107 checkout and the same clinical doubles percentage.
The 25-year-old followed that up with a comfortable 5-2 success over David Evans with three 180s, before registering her second win of the week over three-time World Champion Martin Adams.
Sherrock edged past the BDO stalwart in a last-leg decider courtesy of a 14-darter, but a 5-2 defeat to Boris Koltsov in her final match left her with a nervy wait on other results.
Koltsov mounted his charge with wins over Parletti, Marsh and Sherrock but squandered a 4-3 lead in a deciding leg defeat to Evans.
That left the Russian needing to win his final match either 5-1 or 5-0 against Adams, and he moved within touching distancing by racing into a 4-1 lead.
Adams, however, took the sixth leg to end the Russian’s hopes to snatching top spot, though he did go on to clinch victory in the following leg.
The day also saw Parletti and Evans each produce a show-piece 170 checkout.
The Modus Icons of Darts Live League continues on Saturday with Scott Mitchell, Paul Nicholson, Mark Webster, Stephen Burton, Andy Jenkins and John Brown returning to action.
Friday June 19
Week Three – Day Five
Fallon Sherrock 5-2 Scott Marsh
Dave Parletti 0-5 Fallon Sherrock
Scott Marsh 5-2 Dave Parletti
David Evans 2-5 Fallon Sherrock
Martin Adams 5-2 Scott Marsh
Boris Koltsov 5-3 Dave Parletti
Fallon Sherrock 5-4 Martin Adams
Scott Marsh 4-5 Boris Koltsov
Dave Parletti 5-2 David Evans
Boris Koltsov 5-2 Fallon Sherrock
David Evans 4-5 Scott Marsh
Martin Adams 5-4 Dave Parletti
David Evans 5-4 Boris Koltsov
Martin Adams 1-5 David Evans
Boris Koltsov 5-2 Martin Adams
Fallon Sherrock marked her Premier League debut as a Challenger with a thrilling 6-6 draw with Glen Durrant in Nottingham, while Michael van Gerwen maintained his 100 per cent start to the tournament.
Sherrock, who made global headlines at Alexandra Palace in December by becoming the first woman to win matches at the World Championship, picked up where she left off at a packed out Motorpoint Arena.
Starring as the first woman in Premier League history, Sherrock came agonisingly close to becoming the first Challenger to win a match in the elite invitational.
The 25-year-old was poised on a two-dart finish for the match at 6-5 up, but only for Durrant to rescue a point with a nerveless 70 checkout.
“I loved every minute of the experience, I’m so happy to get a draw,” said Sherrock.
“It was amazing, I’m so happy to have played well again in front of a big crowd and it was a privilege to play against Glen.
“I want to thank everyone who came out to support me, I’m so grateful to them all.
“I’m trying to make the most of all the opportunities I’m getting at the moment and I can’t wait for everything else 2020 could bring.”
Premier League newcomer Durrant, who got his campaign off to a perfect start in Aberdeen on Night One, was left to rue 17 missed double attempts.
However, the 70 checkout under immense pressure in the final leg maintained his unbeaten start to the season.
He admitted: “All credit goes to Fallon there, that was the toughest game I’ve ever had.
“At 6-4 down, it was a lonely moment, I thought I was beaten.
“It was a real challenge. I think playing Fallon on that stage was a lot harder than I maybe anticipated.
“The crowd were fantastic, I want to make it clear that they didn’t put me off at all.”
A nervy start to the contest saw the first six legs shared with both players missing darts at doubles, before Sherrock took out 92 for a superb 12-dart break of throw.
The next three legs all went with throw as Sherrock landed double 18 to secure a draw, but Durrant fought back to take the tie all the way.
With Sherrock waiting on 48 for a famous victory, Durrant pinned double 16 with his last dart to maintain an unbeaten start to spare his blushes and deny his opponent another slice of history.
Elsewhere, reigning and five-time Premier League champion Van Gerwen remains the only player to boast a 100% record following the opening two nights after a 7-1 rout of Daryl Gurney.
The world number one was at his dominant best, averaging 105 to blow away Gurney, who sits at the foot of the table following back-to-back defeats.
“I didn’t make any mistakes tonight, and I had to because Daryl is a very consistent player,” said Van Gerwen.
“It’s good but I know I can do better than this and I know there is more in the tank.
“I think the crowd were superb tonight for all the players, we all want to perform for them.
“I’m back where I belong and that’s at the top of the table.”
Scottish World Cup winning teammates Gary Anderson and Peter Wright played out an intriguing 6-6 draw – one of three stalemates on the night.
The opening four legs all went with throw before Wright, who was struggling with an ankle problem, struck an 11-dart leg for the first break to go 3-2 up.
The following three legs were all won in six visits or more as the two powerhouses of the sport struggled to produce their red-hot recent form, before Anderson found double 16 to go 5-4 in front.
However, two-time Premier League winner Anderson was unable to find the decisive break of throw as World Champion Wright fought back, ending the match with a 12-dart leg to avoid beginning his campaign with back-to-back defeats.
Last year’s runner-up Rob Cross twice came from behind to defeat Nathan Aspinall 7-5 in a nip-and-tuck affair.
In a game which never saw more than a leg between the pair, Cross trailed 4-3 but finishes of 116 and 112 proved decisive as he avenged his defeat to Aspinall in the 2019 UK Open final.
“I’m very pleased to win tonight, it was a hard game to win against an in-form player,” said Cross.
“I’m on a new path at the moment and I feel brilliant. I’ve lost almost three stone since the World Championship.
“I’d been doing things wrong for the last couple of years so I decided it’s time to look after myself.
“I want the best I can from this game and to get that I have to do the right things on and off the stage.”
A night of comebacks and close encounters saw world number three Gerwyn Price recover from 6-2 down to salvage a point against Michael Smith.
Smith was at his fluent best in the first eight legs, averaging over 115, hitting two ten-dart legs and a 140 finish as he secured his first point of the campaign.
However, the 2018 Premier League runner-up was unable to get over the winning line, missing two match darts as Price dug deep to win four successive legs to maintain his unbeaten start to the season.
Night Two – Thursday February 13
Rob Cross 7-5 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6-6 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 6-6 Peter Wright
Glen Durrant 6-6 Fallon Sherrock
Daryl Gurney 1-7 Michael van Gerwen
Glen Durrant insists he has “a job to do” as he bids to thwart another Fallon Sherrock fairy-tale in the Premier League in Nottingham on Thursday.
Sherrock will become the first woman to feature in Premier League Darts when she makes her debut as a ‘Challenger’ at the Motorpoint Arena.
The 25-year-old made global headlines during her ground-breaking run to the Last 32 of the recent World Championship, beating Ted Evetts before knocking out world number 11 Mensur Suljovic.
Her run was eventually ended by Chris Dobey in a thrilling contest, and her return to the big stage sees her take on another North East star.
Durrant enjoyed a commanding 7-3 win over Michael Smith on his Unibet Premier League debut a week ago and admits that result has eased the pressure ahead of his clash with Sherrock.
“My first reaction when I found out I was playing Fallon was “oh no” because it wasn’t the game I really wanted but it is what it is,” said Durrant.
“But with two points on the board it makes the game a little bit in my favour now, I won’t be as nervous.
“If I’d have got walloped on the first night it could have been a bit different.
“I’m so proud of Fallon and Lisa Ashton, I’m a big champion of ladies darts and I can’t wait for Thursday.”
Sherrock bounced back from her Q School disappointment by qualifying for the UK Open from a field of more than 200 players at the Rileys qualifier in Wolverhampton.
The former women’s world finalist is now set to play in front of her biggest crowd to date as she aims to upset the apple-cart by denying ‘Duzza’ crucial league points.
Durrant is aware of the one-sided crowd he is likely to have to contend with but says he is fully focused on putting in a professional performance.
“It’s an exciting challenge playing against Fallon, it’s a game I’ve been very aware of since the fixtures came out,” added the Middlesbrough ace.
“I’m proud of Fallon, it’s amazing what she’s done for the sport, but I’ve got a job to do.
“I feel a lot better coming into the game knowing I’ve got two points on the board. If I’d taken a drubbing from Michael the pressure would’ve been on me even more.
“Obviously, the crowd will be right behind Fallon, it will be a new experience for me because I’ve never really had the crowd against me.
“But, you have to enjoy these experiences. Only 18 months ago I was playing in front of 27 people so to be playing in front of thousands every week is absolutely incredible.
“I’m in the elite now and I’ve never, ever been in the elite so I’m keeping my expectations realistic. I just want to get past Judgement Night.”
Fallon Sherrock says she is relishing her debut Premier League Darts appearance in Nottingham.
All eyes will be on Sherrock as she looks to continue her Ally Pally heroics on her return to the big stage to take on Glen Durrant as a Premier League Challenger.
Sherrock made global headlines during her ground-breaking run to the Last 32 of the recent World Championship, beating Ted Evetts to become the first female to win a match in a PDC World Championship.
She then knocked out world number 11 Mensur Suljovic before bowing out to Chris Dobey in a thrilling contest.
The 25-year-old pocketed a record £25,000 and put women’s darts firmly on the map.
Since then, Sherrock bounced back from her Q School disappointment by qualifying for the UK Open from a field of more than 200 players at the Rileys qualifier in Wolverhampton.
Sherrock is now set to play in front of her biggest crowd to date as she aims to deny Durrant crucial points.