Fallon Sherrock enjoyed an impressive debut in Modus’ live-streamed league on Saturday evening, registering wins over former world champion Scott Mitchell and UK Open qualifier Jason Askew.
Sherrock created darting history by becoming the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship in December – her wins over Ted Evetts and world No 11 Mensur Suljovic generated unprecedented media coverage and elevated her to global stardom.
She featured in the Premier League as a challenger in February and shared the spoils with current league leader Glen Durrant, before coming through a 200-player field in Wolverhampton to qualify for the UK Open, and this presented yet another opportunity to showcase her quality.
Modus launched ‘A Night At The Darts’ last week following the success of ‘The Icons of Darts’ and this week’s participants included Mitchell, Askew and the legendary three-time world champion Martin Adams.
Russian World Cup captain Boris Koltsov, emerging Dutch star Wessel Nijman and BDO World Championship quarter-finalist David Evans made up the six-player field, although Sherrock entered the fray on the sixth and final night of league action.
The former BDO World Trophy winner was the second special guest to feature in the remote league, following Phil Taylor’s cameo on Thursday. The 16-time world champion also contested five matches over the best of seven legs format, winning four of those tussles.
Neither Taylor nor Sherrock’s results counted towards the league table, but ‘The Queen of the Palace’ acquitted herself with aplomb; winning two of her five fixtures, landing five maximums and converting two huge ton-plus finishes over the course of the evening.
Sherrock was beaten 4-1 in her opening clash against an irrepressible Nijman, who averaged a whopping 107.34. She started sluggishly but improved in the latter stages, converting a two-dart 84 kill to open her account and registering a maximum, but it was to no avail.
However, the 25-year-old registered her first victory against former BDO world champion Mitchell in her second showdown of the evening. Sherrock ran out a 4-2 winner with a 90.94 average, but it was even more convincing than the scoreline suggests.
The Milton Keynes ace was first to a finish in all six legs, although her profligacy kept Mitchell within touch early on. Yet following five successive breaks of throw, Sherrock fired in her second maximum to leave 90 after nine darts, eventually wrapping up the win with a 15-dart hold.
In her third tie, ‘The Queen of the Palace’ suffered her second 4-1 reversal against David Evans. Sherrock clinched the opening leg following missed doubles from Evans, only for ‘Stretch’ to reel off the final four legs without reply – taking out finishes of 107 and 104 to triumph in emphatic style.
Sherrock turned the tables in her fourth clash of the night to defeat an under-par Askew. She won the opening two legs in 13 and 16 darts and although Askew halved the deficit, the 25-year-old closed out a 4-1 success with a 91.30 average, two 180’s and a 67% checkout success rate.
Her fifth and final showdown saw her edged out by Boris Koltsov in a topsy-turvy affair. Sherrock drew first blood with a clinical 116 kill but as her scoring power deserted her, Koltsov secured control to establish a 3-1 buffer.
Despite this, after the Russian spurned two match darts, Sherrock sank double nine before producing a spectacular 164 checkout to force a last-leg shootout. She had the advantage of throw in the decider, but Koltsov fired in a timely 14-dart leg to claim the spoils.
We were denied the intriguing prospect of Adams and Sherrock locking horns as ‘Wolfie’ completed his campaign on Friday night, although the 63-year-old was denied top spot in the overall table, with prodigious Dutch talent Nijman coming out on top for the second successive week.
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Fallon Sherrock (87.68) 1-4 (107.34) Wessel Nijman
Fallon Sherrock (90.94) 4-2 (78.99) Scott Mitchell
Fallon Sherrock (85.25) 1-4 (94.97) David Evans
Fallon Sherrock (91.30) 4-1 (81.44) Jason Askew
Fallon Sherrock (84.76) 3-4 (97.69) Boris Koltsov