Fallon Sherrock became the first woman to beat a man at a world darts championships on a historic night at the Ally Pally
FALLON SHERROCK wrote her name into the sporting record books tonight as she became the first woman to beat a man at a world darts championships.
In one of the great moments in women’s sport, Super Mum beat Super Ted amid dramatic scenes at the Ally Pally Battle of the Sexes.
The Bucks star produced the performance of her life to beat Ted Evetts 3-2 in the first round of the PDC World Darts Championships
Bucks star Sherrock, 25, showed great bottle to produce the performance of her life to win 3-2 against Ted Evetts in the first round of the William Hill PDC World Darts Championships.
Where Bolton’s Lisa Ashton, Russian Anastasia Dobromyslova and Canadian Gayl King had failed in the past, Sherrock now stands alone.
An emotional Sherrock said: “Thank you everybody. Oh my God! I am happy I made something for women’s darts, I proved we can play and beat the men. Fingers crossed, it puts us in the right direction. I am on the moon. And on the biggest stage there is.
“I loved every minute of it. I am so happy I can continue in the tournament. I was gutted I missed it. I thought forget about that set, try to get the next set back, and then at 2-2 try it hold it together. I forgot about that set and moved to the next one.
“It’s the experience from the BDO which helped me. The practice I put in I have mentally prepared myself for this, thinking this is to win, this is to hold it together. It is one of my greatest moments. Thank you for the support. I really appreciate it.
“The fact I have to play one of the best in the world next [Mensur Suljovic] that is such an achievement. The fact I have made history, I have made a great achievement for ladies’ darts.”
Whenever a troll says women cannot play darts or compete on an even keel, then show them a copy of this match.
During her walk-on, the noise from the boozed-up punters was deafening, prompting Supermum Sherrock to mutter: “Oh my God!”
Normally she is used to dead silence with the BDO discouraging anyone from speaking or singing while players throw.
If there were any nerves, then Sherrock did not exactly show them in the first set.
She scored a 91.48 average, hit a 180 in the second leg and took out a 106 checkout in brilliant style.
Compared to women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki, this was a much quicker, more promising start, especially as the Japanese star took until the third set before hitting a maximum against James Richardson on Sunday.
Inevitably the audience were straight on the back of Super Ted, booing and jeering every shot he had, trying desperately to put him off.
To his credit, Evetts did not let it affect his forehand, playing nice and steady and missing just one double as he went 1-0 up.
In the second set, Sherrock had everybody up on their feet after hitting six 180s in a row, prompting hope of a historic nine-darter.
The heat was now getting to Evetts, who had two bounceouts, and Sherrock piled on the pressure as she hit 80 to draw level at 1-1 with a 100.58 average.
Sherrock took the lead for the first time in the match when she broke Evetts with a finish of 100.
She put herself in position to win the third set but missed FOUR set darts that would have given her a shot at glory.
Admirably, she quickly put that frustration behind her to take the fourth set.
And my goodness, she made it a memorable night for the sisterhood in the fifth set as she won her place in the second round with a double 18.
Evetts played his part in a fantastic match but was clearly the pantomime villain
The 22-year-old was magnanimous in defeat and clapped his opponent after shaking hands