Fallon Sherrock enjoyed a spectacular Sunday at the Isle of Man Darts Festival, scooping four titles in one day courtesy of a hat-trick of wins over 16-year-old sensation Beau Greaves.
The darting festival kicked off on Thursday and Sherrock and Greaves navigated their way through to the finals of both the Isle of Man Classic and the Isle of Man Masters on Saturday afternoon.
The pair clashed at last month’s Scottish Open with Greaves prevailing on that occasion, although ‘The Queen of The Palace’ made amends in some style with a series of successes against arguably the most talented young star in world darts.
Their first tussle saw Sherrock run out a 4-2 winner in the Isle of Man Classic. It was a topsy-turvy contest which saw the opening five legs go against throw, before Sherrock followed up a majestic 165 set-up shot by pinning double eight to prevail inside 13 darts.
Greaves appeared destined to gain revenge in the Isle of Man Masters less than an hour later, only for Sherrock to produce a stirring fightback. The 25-year-old drew first blood with a two-dart 78 combination, only to see Greaves reel off three consecutive legs in 15, 17 and 19 darts.
Both ladies were scoring magnificently having traded four maximums in the opening two legs. Nevertheless, ‘Beau ‘n’ Arrow’ squandered one match dart at tops in leg five and was duly punished, with Sherrock converting 96 and 102 finishes for 14 and 15-dart legs in the closing stages.
We were then treated to a third clash between two of the most explosive stars in the women’s game, as both Sherrock and Greaves recorded 4-1 victories over Vicky Prium and Lorraine Winstanley respectively in the semi-finals of the Isle of Man Open, averaging 94 apiece.
The opening four legs all went with throw, as Greaves sank 102 and 109 checkouts for commanding 15-dart holds yet despite outscoring her opponent in the early stages, experience paid dividends as Sherrock followed up an 18-dart hold by taking out 106 to seal the deal.
Sherrock displayed tremendous consistency throughout the day, having earlier claimed the pairs title alongside her fellow England team-mate Casey Gallagher. They saw off Greaves and the legendary Deta Hedman in a last-leg decider to kick off Sunday’s action.
Elsewhere, Cameron Menzies, Mike Warburton and Thibault Tricole all clinched titles in the men’s competitions. Menzies whitewashed Rileys UK Open qualifier Jason Heaver 4-0 to scoop the Isle of Man Classic title, registering legs of 17, 15, 16 and 17 darts in the process.
Tricole edged out Neil Duff in a thrilling deciding-leg affair to claim the spoils in the Isle of Man Masters, having stormed into a 3-0 lead. Duff roared back and landed a 12-darter to send the contest into overtime, only for the Frenchman to produce a 12-dart leg of his own to wrap up victory.
In the final match of Sunday’s marathon session, Warburton defeated three-time world champion Martin Adams 5-2 to lift the Isle of Man Open, whilst Luke Littler prevailed in the Youth singles final for the second straight year courtesy of a 5-3 win against Charlie Manby.
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