Fallon Sherrock has ended her surprise run at the PDC World Darts Championships, losing to Chris Dobey. (AP: Steven Paston, file photo)
The fairytale is over — Fallon Sherrock, the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Darts Championship, has bowed out in the third round with a 4-2 loss to fellow English player Chris Dobey.
- Fallon Sherrock became a cult heroine at the PDC World Darts Championship with upset wins over Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic
- Sherrock was one of two women to secure a place among the 96-person field at the Alexandra Palace
- The 25-year-old, born in Milton Keynes in England, will receive 25,000 pounds sterling ($46,830) for reaching the third round
A big crowd at the Alexandra Palace was overwhelmingly on her side, wanting her run in the biggest tournament of the year to continue.
With a fair number of men in the crowd wearing blonde wigs and pink shirts to match their heroine, Sherrock — who has picked up the nickname “Queen of the Palace” over the past week — received a huge welcome as she made her way to the stage.
As with her previous matches against Ted Evetts — where she made history with a 3-2 victory — and world number 11 Mensur Suljovic, that support was channelled into constant booing and heckling of Dobey.
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The 29-year-old world number 22 was on the back foot early, as Sherrock started well.
She hit a maximum score of 180 in the opening leg on the way to breaking Dobey’s throw, and eventually took the set three legs to one with a 77 checkout.
Dobey then missed a chance to level at one set all on his throw when Sherrock checked out from 96 to make it two legs all in the second set.
She then had the advantage of throwing first in the deciding leg, but her scoring was well down, and Dobey steadied to level the match.
He then showed some nerves, however, missing multiple darts at the final double in the first leg of the third set, and Sherrock caused the crowd to erupt when she hit a 142 finish.
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She went on to take the set to lead 2-1 in the first-to-four contest.
But just when the crowd sensed another upset in the offing, Dobey — who said after the match that he had been wearing earplugs to drown out the crowd noise — began to not only outscore Sherrock, but hit his doubles.
He levelled at 2-2 and then raced through the final two sets to end Sherrock’s tournament.
Dobey shook hands with Sherrock and kissed her cheek, then applauded her and turned to the crowd, gesturing for them to give the 25-year-old one more ovation — and the crowd obliged.
“I enjoyed myself so much, I didn’t think this was ever possible. This is amazing, this whole experience has been unbelievable,” she told Sky Sports in a post-match interview.
“I think more people who never watched darts before are now getting interested in it.”
Sherrock will take home 25,000 pounds ($46,830) for her work at the world titles.
She also received an invitation to play in next year’s US Darts Masters — part of the World Series of Darts — at Madison Square Garden in New York next June.