Fallon Sherrock gets her skates on for Dancing On Ice audition

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.

Defiant Fallon Sherrock tops Modus Icons of Darts table

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.

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Icons of Darts Live League Results

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

Sherrock holds Durrant to dramatic Premier League draw as Van Gerwen makes it back-to-back wins

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.

Wright and Anderson share the spoils (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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.

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Premier League Darts 2020 Results

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

“I’ve got a job to do” insists Durrant ahead of Sherrock show-down

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 relishing Premier League Darts debut in Nottingham

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.

Fallon Sherrock secures UK Open debut after Rileys qualifier success

Fallon Sherrock secured a dream debut in the 2020 UK Open after coming through the Rileys qualifying event in Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Little over a month after making history with a run to the Last 32 of the World Championship, Sherrock continued her sensational story by prevailing from a field of more than 200 players to progress to Minehead.

Sherrock was the sole female entrant in the 204-player qualifying event but produced a series of superb displays to clinch a spot in the televised stages from March 6-8.

The 25-year-old whitewashed recent PDC Tour Card holder James Richardson 4-0 on the way to the final – where she thrashed Stuart White 5-1 just after midnight to complete another terrific feat.

The Rileys Wolverhampton qualifier also saw the likes of Kevin Painter, Adam Smith-Neale and Paul Rowley in action.

Sherrock, who missed out on a Tour Card at Qualifying School, will enter the UK Open at the First Round stage at Butlins Minehead as one of 16 amateur qualifiers and will be placed into an open draw alongside PDC Tour Card holders and Challenge Tour qualifiers.

The 160-player tournament has been an annual fixture on the PDC calendar since 2003 and features matches held across eight stages simultaneously in the early rounds.

All fixtures are determined by an open draw at the end of each round, with 64 players entering in Round One.

Those winners join players ranked 65-96 in the Second Round, before those ranked 33-64 enter in Round Three and those ranked 1-32 enter in Round Four.

This year’s UK Open will the first to feature more than one female participant after Lisa Ashton qualified automatically by winning a Tour Card at the recent Qualifying School.

Adam Huckvale (Chester), Jason Heaver (London), Jamie Clark (Aberdeen) and Kelvin Self (Norwich) are the other players to come through the Rileys amateur qualifiers so far.

Fallon Sherrock withdraws from 2020 BDO World Championship

Fallon Sherrock has pulled out of the 2020 BDO World Championship amid the news of a reduced prize fund and poor ticket sales.

Sherrock had been installed as the favourite for the Ladies competition following her historic run to the Last 32 of the PDC World Championship and was due to face Australia’s Corrine Hammond in Round One.

However, the 25-year-old has decided to withdraw from the BDO’s show-piece event following Monday’s revelation of a slashed prize fund and only 15 per cent of tickets having been sold.

The BDO announced in August it was to take the World Championship away from Lakeside for the first time in 33 years, with London’s O2 Indigo confirmed as the new venue.

Leaked documents in recent weeks showed around 2,500 tickets have been sold across the entire week of the tournament so far, accounting for just 15 per cent of the capacity.

BDO Chairman Des Jacklin penned a letter to all competitors outlining that the prize fund would be reduced by more than half, which he attributed to ‘toxicity’ on social media causing the promoters to be unable to attract a title sponsor.

Jacklin had promised earlier in the year that Women’s World Champion would pocket a record £20,000 top prize, an increase of £7,500 from 2019, but instead the winner will now receive a mere £8,000.

Sherrock secured a record £25,000 for reaching the Last 32 at Alexandra Palace, defeating Ted Evetts and world number 11 Mensur Suljovic in a run which created global headlines, and has now opted to pull out of the women’s show-piece.

A statement posted by her management company MODUS read: ‘Fallon Sherrock has decided not to take part in the BDO Women’s World Championship next week.

‘The decision took many factors into consideration, including unexpected changes to the event made yesterday.

‘Fallon offers best wishes to the BDO and the best of luck to those taking part.

‘In the meantime Fallon is looking forward to doing her best in the other tournaments in 2020.’

Sherrock has been handed a place in every PDC World Series of Darts event for 2020 which includes events in New York, Copenhagen, Germany, New Zealand and a double-header in Australia.

The 2015 women’s world finalist will compete at Qualifying School in January in an attempt to secure a coveted two-year PDC Tour Card.

Chris Dobey v Fallon Sherrock: World Darts Championship 2019/20 preview – Queen of the palace eyeing historic hat-trick

Fallon Sherrock aims to extend her ground-breaking debut run in the PDC World Championship by putting Chris Dobey to the sword in Round Three at Alexandra Palace on Friday.

Sherrock has stolen the show at this year’s William Hill World Championship and is likely to be the stand-out story of the tournament regardless of what happens from here on in.

The 25-year-old sent shockwaves through the sporting world when she became the first woman to defeat a man in a PDC World Championship courtesy of her deciding-set triumph over Ted Evetts, before backing it up with a sensational 3-1 scalp of world number 11 Mensur Suljovic.

The 2015 women’s world finalist has made headlines worldwide and has been thrust into the limelight as a new trailblazer for women’s sport, but has taken it all in her stride so far.

Sherrock has already secured the biggest pay-cheque (£25,000) ever picked up by a female darts player but will not be content to stop there and will hope to feed off the vociferous support of the Ally Pally crowd in a bid to made headlines once again.

She is now looking to pick up from where she left off by pulling off what would be another monumental upset when she takes on world number 22 Dobey.

Sherrock’s stunning finishing (68.75%) proved the undoing of Suljovic, and any repeat performance could spell danger for Dobey – who will also be forced to contend with 3,000 fans rooting for his opponent.

Like Evetts and Suljovic, Dobey enters the contest as huge odds-on favourite and will look to shake off any early nerves with an assured start in the first two sets.

The Bedlington ace, who made his Premier League debut as a ‘Contender’ in February before going on to reach two major Semi-Finals this season, is bidding to reach the Last 16 at Ally Pally for the second successive year.

Dobey averaged 96.3 in a 3-2 victory over Ron Meulenkamp in his opener and now faces a test different to anything he will ever have experienced on a televised stage previously.

The 29-year-old is renowned for his consistent scoring power and composure under pressure and will look to press home those traits over the extended format, with Sherrock having previous never contested a match beyond the best of five sets.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two, with either world number six Daryl Gurney or three-time BDO World Champion Glen Durrant awaiting the winner in the Last 16.

The match gets underway from around 3.45pm GMT and will be contested over the best of seven sets, best of five legs per set.

A tie-break will be in operation, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches 5-5, the 11th leg will be sudden-death.

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World Darts Championship 2019/20 Day 12: Afternoon Session preview and order of play

The 2019/20 World Darts Championship resumes on Friday afternoon as Fallon Sherrock looks to extend her historic run and Glen Durrant also steps up his own pursuit of history.

After the three-day Christmas break, it’s back to business at Alexandra Palace as the Third Round action continues in the £2.5 million show-piece.

Just four places remain up for grabs in the Last 16, with three ties taking place in the afternoon session before the final remaining Third Round match takes place in the evening session.

Sherrock has stolen the show at this year’s William Hill World Championship and is likely to be THE stand-out story of the tournament regardless of what happens from here on in.

The 25-year-old sent shockwaves through the sporting world when she became the first woman to defeat a man in a PDC World Championship, courtesy of her deciding-set triumph over Ted Evetts, before backing it up with a sensational 3-1 scalp of world number 11 Mensur Suljovic.

The 2015 women’s world finalist has made headlines worldwide and has been thrust into the limelight as a new trailblazer for women’s sport, but has taken it all in her stride so far.

She is now looking to pick up from where she left off by pulling off what would be another monumental upset when she takes on world number 22 Chris Dobey.

Sherrock’s stunning finishing (68.75%) proved the undoing of Suljovic, and any repeat performance could spell danger for Dobey – who will also be forced to contend with 3,000 fans rooting for his opponent.

Queen of the palace Sherrock celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Like Evetts and Suljovic, Dobey enters the contest as huge odds-on favourite and will look to shake off any early nerves with an assured start in the first two sets.

The Bedlington ace, who made his Premier League debut as a ‘Contender’ in February before going on to reach two major Semi-Finals this season, is bidding to reach the Last 16 at Ally Pally for the second successive year.

Dobey averaged 96.3 in a 3-2 victory over Ron Meulenkamp in his opener and now faces a test different to anything he will ever have experienced on a televised stage previously.

Meanwhile, three-time Lakeside Champion Durrant resumes his pursuit of a dream debut triumph when he takes on world number six Daryl Gurney.

Durrant is bidding to become the first player ever to hold the BDO and PDC world titles simultaneously in a remarkable feat that would cap off a fairy-tale first season as a PDC professional in style.

The Middlesbrough marksman, who narrowly came through Qualifying School in January, has reached the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and Grand Slam, while also picking up two Players Championship titles.

He produced a solid opening salvo to see off Brisbane Masters champion Damon Heta in straight sets last week but now faces a formidable test against the two-time major champion.

Gurney won his first European Tour title this season to add to a runner-up spot in the Melbourne Masters and a Semi-Final defeat at the World Matchplay.

A quarter-finalist here in 2016/17, Gurney has bowed out prior to the Last 16 stage in his five other appearances at Ally Pally but began brightly by brushing aside Justin Pipe in consecutive sets.

Gurney defeated ‘Duzza’ 7-3 in the Premier League in Glasgow earlier this year, their only previous televised encounter to date, before registering one win apiece on the European Tour.

The opening match of the afternoon sees two darting stalwarts collide as 2010 world finalist Simon Whitlock meets two-time Lakeside runner-up Mervyn King.

The vastly experienced duo have met 37 times over the past 14 years but this marks their first show-down in a World Championship on either side of the darting divide.

Whitlock, the world number 14, followed up his run to the final a decade ago with Semi-Final appearances in 2012 and 2014, but has since struggled on this iconic stage, suffering three Last 64 exits and two Last 32 losses in his last five visits.

The Australian ace was ruthless in thrashing debutant Harry Ward 3-0 in his opener and will look to continue in that vein in a quest to record back-to-back wins in this tournament for the first time in six years.

King’s best performance at Ally Pally came a decade ago when he reached the Semi-Finals, but the multiple major finalist has also struggled on this stage since, making the Last 16 on just one occasion.

King has produced his best form on the big stage this season, reaching three major Quarter-Finals, including the World Matchplay and notably defeated Michael van Gerwen at the UK Open in March.

He began by edging out Irish youngster Ciaran Teehan in a last-set decider and will be braced for another potentially long-haul contest under the intense heat of the sport’s biggest stage.

The action gets underway from 12.30pm GMT, with Third Round matches to be contested over the best of seven sets, best of five legs per set.

A tie-break will be in operation, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches 5-5, the 11th leg will be sudden-death.

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William Hill World Championship 2019/20 Match Schedule

Friday December 27

Afternoon Session

Third Round
12.45pm Simon Whitlock v Mervyn King
2.15pm Daryl Gurney v Glen Durrant
3.45pm Fallon Sherrock v Chris Dobey

Sensational Fallon Sherrock stuns Mensur Suljovic to continue dream World Championship run

Fallon Sherrock pulled off an upset off the sporting Richter scale as she knocked eleventh seed Mensur Suljovic out of the World Darts Championship in Round Two at Alexandra Palace.

Sherrock, who became the first female ever to win a match in a PDC World Championship by defeating Ted Evetts four days earlier, eclipsed that result with an astonishing 3-1 scalp of Austrian ace Suljovic.

Sherrock’s ground-breaking win over Evetts had generated headlines worldwide and produced a new level of expectation, but the 25-year-old took it all in her stride as he continued her trail-blazing exploits in the sport’s show-piece.

The former women’s world finalist hit 69 percent of her double attempts and sealed the monumental win with an 86 checkout on the bullseye to create a further slice of history.

“I can’t believe it,” said Sherrock, who will return on Friday December 27 to take on Chris Dobey in the Last 32.

“I’m still waiting for it all to sink in.

“I’ve knocked out one of the best players in the world and it has given me the best feeling in the world.

“I was so happy when that bullseye went in. It was an amazing moment for me and I’ll be jumping around when I get home.

“I felt so comfortable and I really enjoyed it – I just want to get up there and play again.”

Suljovic looked like he had taken control from the outset when he won the first two legs, but consecutive finishes of 81, 131 and 70 saw Sherrock steal the opening set.

She then added checkouts of 104 and 64 to make it five legs on the spin but it was Suljovic’s turn to come from behind as he won the next three legs to level the match.

The Austrian took the the first two legs in the third set but Sherrock hit back again, winning the next three with the aid of an 11-darter that began with back-to-back 180s for her second time in the tournament.

Suljovic took a 2-1 lead in the fourth set before Sherrock took out 68 to level and, after her opponent missed a dart at tops to force a fifth set, she punished him in style with a clinical 88 finish on the bull.

Sherrock celebrates another historic success (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Elsewhere, Dimitri Van den Bergh posted the highest average of the tournament so far as he breezed past Josh Payne in the final match of the second round.

The Belgian star completed a straight sets victory with a three-dart average of 103.81, hitting three 180s and a 124 checkout in an impressive start to his campaign.

“I gave my best and I’m glad to be through,” said the two-time World Youth Champion.

“A couple of months ago I was really struggling but I have found some belief and I took it on stage tonight.”

Daryl Gurney made light work of Justin Pipe as the former World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals winner completed a 3-0 triumph.

Pipe took the first leg with a 104 checkout but Northern Ireland’s number one reeled off nine of the next ten legs to progress.

“He took out the 104 but there was no catching me after that,” said Gurney. “I’ve been working on my throw and made a small correction which seems to have helped.

“I know I’m going to be in for a real battle in the next match so I’ll come back ready for that.”

Gurney will take on Glen Durrant in the third round after the Teessider eased past Australia’s Damon Heta in straight sets to mark a dream debut in the PDC World Championship.

The reigning and three-time Lakeside Champion added the tournament’s sixth 170 checkout in an impressive Ally Pally bow.

Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis won a thrilling battle against Spain’s Cristo Reyes, coming back from two sets down to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Lewis narrowly missed double 12 for a nine-darter as he rallied back from the brink to move into the third round, where he will play Darren Webster.

“If I play like I did in the last few sets then I’ll be fine but if I play like I did in the first two then I’ll be in trouble,” said Lewis, the 2011 and 2012 World Champion.

“If I can almost hit a nine-darter it shows that I’m playing pretty well and I feel like I can carry that form on.”

Simon Whitlock eased past Harry Ward with a straight sets success, in which the Australian number one dropped just two legs.

Former World Championship finalist Whitlock will face Mervyn King in round three as he bids to reach the last 16 for the first time in six years.

“I’ve been practising harder than ever for this,” said Whitlock, the 2010 runner-up. “I’ve put in around 100 hours on the board at home in the last six weeks and I feel like that made all the difference today.”

Ryan Searle’s 101.54 average is currently the second highest of the 2019/20 World Championship so far as he defeated Steve West by three sets to nil.

Devon darter Searle won every set 3-2 to book his place in the last 32, where he will take on two-time World Champion Gary Anderson.

Seigo Asada completed a great escape to stun Keegan Brown, who won the first seven legs of their dramatic tie before falling to a tie-break defeat against the Japanese ace.

Asian Tour star Asada took the final set 4-2 with a match-winning 11-darter to set up a Third Round clash with Peter Wright.

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William Hill World Championship 2019/20 Results

Saturday December 21

Second Round

Afternoon Session
Keegan Brown 2-3 Seigo Asada
Simon Whitlock 3-0 Harry Ward
Steve West 0-3 Ryan Searle
Adrian Lewis 3-2 Cristo Reyes

Evening Session
Daryl Gurney 3-0 Justin Pipe
Glen Durrant 3-0 Damon Heta
Mensur Suljovic 1-3 Fallon Sherrock
Dimitri Van den Bergh 3-0 Josh Payne

 

Mensur Suljovic v Fallon Sherrock: World Darts Championship 2019/20 preview – Suljovic out to end Sherrock’s dream

Mensur Suljovic aims to bring Fallon Sherrock’s fairy-tale story to an end at the 2019/20 World Darts Championship on Saturday.

All eyes will be on history-maker Sherrock as she aims to continue her trail-blazing run in the sport’s show-piece by pulling off what would be an astonishing upset against the world number eleven.

Sherrock became the first female ever to win a match in a PDC World Championship when she defeated Ted Evetts 3-2 on Tuesday, a story which received worldwide news coverage and has catapulted the 25-year-old into the limelight.

Sherrock has had a whirlwind four days since that stunning victory, appearing on TV and radio networks across the UK and in media outlets worldwide, but now returns to the stage with a new level of pressure on her shoulders.

The former women’s world finalist has already secured the biggest pay-cheque (£15,000) ever picked up by a female darts player but will not be content to stop there and will hope to feed off the vociferous support of the Ally Pally crowd in a bid to made headlines once again.

Standing in the way of Sherrock and a place in the Last 32 is unflappable Austrian Suljovic – who will look to spoil the party and press home his vast experience.

The former Champions League of Darts winner and two-time major ranking finalist has had a relatively quiet season by his standards but will be determined to end it on a high and improve on a below-par record which has seen him fail to progress beyond the Last 16 stage here in 11 attempts.

Suljovic burst onto the scene at Lakeside in 2002 before making his PDC World Championship debut six years later and going on to become the most successful German-speaking darts player of all-time.

The 47-year-old has produced his best televised form in invitational events this year, reaching two Semi-Finals plus a further two Quarter-Finals, and starts out a 1/12 favourite to deny Sherrock a sensational scalp.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two, with world number 22 Chris Dobey awaiting the winner in the Last 32 on Friday December 27.

The match gets underway from around 9.15pm GMT and will be contested over the best of five sets, best of five legs per set.

A tie-break will be in operation, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches 5-5, the 11th leg will be sudden-death.

WATCH SULJOVIC vs SHERROCK STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)