Fallon Sherrock wins her “final” against Wes Newton
Thanks to a furious race to catch up, Fallon Sherrock has secured entry into the final phase of the Q-School. On the last day of the pre-qualification, the Englishwoman made it into the Top72. In the fight for the tour card, she could now meet her partner.
Es hadn’t looked good. After the first two days of the pre-qualification, Fallon Sherrock was in the pre-qualification for the Darts Q-School in the middle of the 314 player field, from which only the best 72 would complete the final round starting on Wednesday.
Already in 2020 and 2021, the Englishwoman failed in her attempt to fight for eligibility to play. And that the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) did not announce its field of participants for the Premier League, which starts in February, as usual after the World Cup final on January 3, in order to give its figurehead and public darling one of the ten places after winning a tour card Things are not necessarily easier.
The pressure before what was supposedly the last day in Milton Keynes was immense for the 27-year-old who needed to catch up. It would take three wins, maybe four, according to the calculations, to make it into the group of 128 participants. In view of the unsuccessful performances on Sunday and Monday, in which she had only managed two wins in total, a small miracle was necessary. On the other hand, there is hardly a professional more known for his high finishes than the “Queen of the Palace”.
With three straight wins in the final round
In any case, Sherrock withstood the pressure. In the end it was a precision landing. Against her grateful opponent Robert Whybrew, who had not won a single leg in the first two days, she stalked the top 100 with a 5-0.
With another big win she made up ground again. In the 5: 1 against Kevin Lane, she overtook her direct opponent due to the better leg difference and knocked on the Top72 with the move into the round of 64. Sherrock, who became the first woman to defeat a man at the Darts World Cup two years ago, averaged 96.03 and hit more than half of her attempts on the doubles (55 percent).
Before their match against Wes Newton, it was clear that to win by three legs would be tantamount to participating in the finals. Sherrock played against the World Cup quarter-finalists of 2011, 2013 and 2014 an average of 92.52 points per recording (double rate: 47 percent) and screwed her tournament average to a proud 91.3. The goal was achieved, the chance was granted. The final 4: 5 against Scott Marsh was no longer relevant.
From Wednesday to Sunday, she wants to be the second woman after Lisa Ashton to earn a tour ticket. But the competition for the 17 tickets is strong. In addition to Sherrock, Danny Lauby, Robert Thornton, Diogo Portela, Chas Barstow, Jamie Lewis, Richard North, David Pallett, Arron Monk and Michael Barnard made it to the finals. 32 players had already been seeded for the 128 field, including Lisa Ashton and Sherrock’s partner Cameron Menzies.
In addition to Newton, the World Cup participants Ben Robb, Alan Norris, Deta Hedman, Nitin Kumar and the two-time world champion John Part also failed prematurely.