Fallon Sherrock withdraws from WDF World Championship for a second time

Fallon Sherrock has withdrawn from the WDF World Championship for a second time, a statement from her management confirmed.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.



Fallon Sherrock in WDF World Championship U-turn as Russian competitors withdrawn

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.


WDF World Championship – Amended matches

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)

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Sherrock declines invitation to 2022 WDF World Championship

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 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.


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.


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.