Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman claimed places in the William Hill World Darts Championship as the PDC Women’s Series concluded on Sunday, despite Fallon Sherrock winning Event Four in a dramatic finale in Barnsley.
Ashton and Hedman shared victories in the opening two events on Saturday, before ‘The Lancashire Rose’, who also secured Grand Slam qualification on Friday, defeated Hedman in the Event Three final to book her Alexandra Palace spot.
This left Hedman battling it out with Sherrock for the last remaining spot and whilst Sherrock defeated ‘The Heart of Darts’ en route to winning Event Four, Hedman just held on by virtue of legs won across the four events, with nothing separating the pair on the Order of Merit.
Four-time women’s world champion Ashton topped the overall rankings after accumulating £2,450 from the four events and she capped off a memorable weekend with an impressive triumph in Event Three, defeating a host of big names in the process.
Having battled past 16-year-old sensation Beau Greaves in the last 16, Ashton recovered from 3-0 down to defeat Vicky Prium in the last eight, before overcoming former world finalist Corrine Hammond 5-3 in the semi-finals, avenging her defeat to the Australian in Event Two.
Having seen off former World Master Lorraine Winstanley, Hedman survived a match dart to defeat Sherrock 4-3 in the quarter-finals, which she followed up with a whitewash win over Tracey North. However, Ashton ran out a 6-3 winner in the final to seal her World Championship spot.
Sherrock had posted four averages of over 90 before succumbing to Hedman in Event Three, but she made amends by defeating the 60-year-old at the same stage of Event Four, having dropped the solitary leg en route to the last eight.
‘The Queen of the Palace’ then closed out an emphatic 5-1 success over a profligate Ashton, before recording a convincing 6-2 victory over Hammond in Sunday’s showpiece, averaging a shade under 88 and converting a majestic 150 checkout in leg six.
Despite scooping the £1,000 top prize and boasting the highest tournament average across the Women’s Series, Sherrock missed out on qualification via legs won, with Hedman claiming 85 to Fallon’s 83, although the 26-year-old still managed to sign off in style.
Hammond finished in fourth place on the Order of Merit after taking her total to £1,350, with Dutch ace Aileen de Graaf – the Event Two runner-up – ending the PDC Women’s Series in fifth with £1,000, above former world No 1 Winstanley in sixth position.
PDC Women’s Series
Sunday October 18, Barnsley Metrodome
Deta Hedman 4-3 Fallon Sherrock
Tracy North 4-2 Aileen de Graaf
Corinne Hammond 4-1 Jo Clements
Lisa Ashton 4-3 Vicky Pruim
Deta Hedman 5-0 Tracy North
Lisa Ashton 5-4 Corinne Hammond
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Deta Hedman
Fallon Sherrock 4-2 Deta Hedman
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Eleanor Cairns
Corinne Hammond 4-2 Lorraine Winstanley
Laura Turner 4-1 Maria O’Brien
Fallon Sherrock 5-1 Lisa Ashton
Corinne Hammond 5-1 Laura Turner
Fallon Sherrock 6-2 Corinne Hammond
PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit
Following Event Four (top ten & ties)
|Position||Name||Total Prize Money|
|5||Aileen de Graaf||£1,000|