Fallon Sherrock was the fifth woman to try and beat a man at the William Hill World Darts Championship and the first to be successful. "I'm just so happy. I've just made history. I can't believe it. I've made a great achievement for women's darts," she said.

By Ian Horswill

Posted on December 18, 2019

Fallon Sherrock has done something never seen before.

Fallon Sherrock, who is 25-years-old, became the first woman to beat a man at the William Hill World Darts Championship whilst sending the crowd at Alexandra Palace in London delirious.

“I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” an emotional Sherrock said afterwards.

“I’ve made a great achievement for ladies’ darts. I’ve proved that women can play the men, and can beat them. I’m over the moon, I can’t believe it!”

Fallon Sherrock, who is from Milton Keynes, UK, came from behind to beat world number 77 Ted Evetts 3-2. She hit six 180s and landed a 91.12 average on her way to victory, sealed with a nerveless double 18.

Sherrock ended the night in joyful tears on stage after a thrilling victory before a packed media contingent. She went into the tournament having claimed one of two places for female players in the 96-strong field. The other qualifier, Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki, took James Richardson to a deciding leg before losing 3-2 on Sunday (UK time).

Sherrock was serenaded with the chant “we love your Sherrock, we do” by the fans, who cheered every treble 20 she struck.

“This is definitely one of the best moments I’ve had. I’m just so happy. I’ve just made history. I can’t believe it. I’ve made a great achievement for women’s darts,” she said.

Sherrock’s twin sister Felicia plays darts and their parents represented their county.

Sherrock was runner-up to Lisa Ashton in the BDO Women’s World Championship at the Lakeside four years ago, hitting six maximum 180s in the final, as well as a three-dart 99 average in one qualifying match this year. She was the fifth woman to feature in a PDC World Championship, following Gayl King, Anastasia Dobromyslova, Ashton and Suzuki.

“I feel really confident going into the match – I know I can hit the same averages as him and he is under more pressure,” Sherrock said before she played Evetts.

She now faces Austria’s Mensur Suljovic in the second round.

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