Fallon Sherrock booked her Grand Slam of Darts debut by claiming her third title of the weekend at the PDC Women’s Series in Milton Keynes on Sunday.
Sherrock and Ashton locked horns in a winner-takes-all clash to top the Women’s Series Order of Merit after six events, but ‘The Queen of the Palace’ closed out a comprehensive 5-0 victory with a 96.35 average to claim the spoils.
‘The Lancashire Rose’ was bidding to complete the perfect day at the Marshall Arena, having defeated Sherrock in Events Four and Five to top the Order of Merit heading into the final tournament of the weekend, but it wasn’t to be.
Although both players won three titles apiece, Sherrock’s two runner-up placings to Ashton’s one saw her finish higher on the Order of Merit after the opening weekend of action.
“I’m really pleased,” said Sherrock. “Getting to the final twice and losing to the same player both times is going to play on your mind a bit, so I’m delighted to get the win.
“Lisa didn’t play her best in the last final but I’ll take the result, I couldn’t give her a way into the match.
“I don’t know where I pulled out that last performance from because I’m shattered after playing so many matches across the two days. I think it’s because I feel relaxed.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to have secured a place in the Grand Slam, I can’t wait to play in that. But there’s six events still left to play in the Women’s Series and I need to make sure I finish the job and qualify for Ally Pally.”
Ashton – who faces a fight to retain her PDC Tour Card over the coming months – performed magnificently for large periods of the day, posting successive ton-plus averages in victories over Deta Hedman and Anastasia Dobromyslova in Event Five.
The four-time women’s world champion defeated Sherrock 5-4 and 5-2 in the day’s first two title deciders, yet she was denied a fourth victory over the 27-year-old in the all-important Event Six showpiece.
However, Ashton has another opportunity to seal Grand Slam qualification heading into events 7-12 at the Barnsley Metrodome next month, with the top player across those six events joining Sherrock at Aldersley Leisure Village.
‘The Lancashire Rose’ also remains in pole position to seal her World Championship return. The top two players from the overall Women’s Series Order of Merit will feature at Alexandra Palace in December, and she currently leads third-place Deta Hedman by £1,950.
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2021 PDC Women’s Series
Sunday September 26
Trina Gulliver 4- Tracey Davies
Fallon Sherrock 4-2 Louise Pearson
Deta Hedman 4-3 Laura Turner
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Rhian O’Sullivan
Fallon Sherrock 5-0 Trina Gulliver
Lisa Ashton 5-1 Deta Hedman
Lisa Ashton 5-4 Fallon Sherrock
Lorraine Hyde 4-3 Kirsty Hutchinson
Fallon Sherrock 4-1 Amanda Harwood
Lisa Ashton 4-1 Deta Hedman
Anastasia Dobromyslova 4-1 Roz Bulmer
Fallon Sherrock 5-1 Lorraine Hyde
Lisa Ashton 5-0 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Lisa Ashton 5-2 Fallon Sherrock
Fallon Sherrock 4-2 Jo Clements
Mikuru Suzuki 4-1 Kirsty Hutchinson
Lisa Ashton 4-1 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Laura Turner 4-2 Rhian O’Sullivan
Fallon Sherrock 5-2 Mikuru Suzuki
Lisa Ashton 5-2 Laura Turner
Fallon Sherrock 5-0 Lisa Ashton
Order of Merit – Top Ten After Six Events
1. Fallon Sherrock (£4,300)
2. Lisa Ashton (£3,950)
3. Deta Hedman (£2,000)
4. Anastasia Dobromyslova (£1,500)
5. Rhian O’Sullivan (£1,350)
6. Mikuru Suzuki (£1,100)
6. Roz Bulmer (£1,100)
6. Corrine Hammond (£1,100)
9. Laura Turner (£1,000)
10. Kirsty Hutchinson (£950)
10. Joanne Locke (£950)