Fallon Sherrock Qualifies For 2022 Darts World Championships

Fallon Sherrock Qualifies For 2022 Darts World Championships

Fallon Sherrock Ally Pally

Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton will both be featured at this Christmas’ World Darts Championship following their performance in the PDC Women’s Series success.

Sherrock made history at Alexandra Palace two years ago when she became the first woman ever to win a match in the competition after she beat Ted Evetts in that year’s opening round.

The Queen of the Palace then followed that up by knocking out the seeded Mensur Suljovic and was widely applauded for her achievements.

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She now has a chance to repeat her success after qualifying for the 2022 World Championship from the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit over the weekend, sealing one of the two spots on offer in this year’s event.

Darts Two Leading Ladies

Sherrock, who was the recent runner up to Michael van Gerwen in the Nordic Darts Masters, won three of the six Women’s Series events in her hometown of Milton Keynes last month. She then added two more victories during the second set of six events in Barnsley last Saturday where she averaged over 100 twice in the process.

Lisa Ashton beat Sherrock in Event Eight, which gave her a fourth Women’s Series event of the year. Coupled with her run to the final of Event Nine, where she lost to Sherrock, it helped secure her place at the Alexandra Palace event. Her appearance in the upcoming World Championships will be her third.

Ashton, 51, has herself been setting the pace and making history for female darters this year, her second as a PDC Tour Card Holder.

Another Televised First

At the UK Open, she became the first woman to average 100 in a televised match. Neither Sherrock nor Ashton can be overtaken on the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit which guarantees their participation at the event, which will run over the festive period.

Ashton, known as The Lancashire Rose, also qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts alongside Sherrock following the completion of the PDC Women’s Series.

To secure qualification, she needed to top the Order of Merit from Events 7-12 or finish second behind Sherrock, an achievement that was unlocked with a victory over Anastasia Dobromyslova in the Event 10 final.

Sherrock and Ashton are dominating the world of women’s darts right now and have won six and five Women’s Series titles apiece. In terms of averages, Sherrock finished the series on 85.54 ahead of Ashton at 84.44 while they both recorded a pair of 100+ averages.

bet365 has priced up Sherrock at 300/1 to win the Darts World Championship outright, while her rival has been given odds of 1000/1 to do the same.

World Series of Darts Finals

The Grand Slam of Darts will take place on the 13th of November in Wolverhampton and run for nine days.

Up first is this weekend’s World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam. We will have darts betting tips for this televised event later in the week.

World number ten Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith and Kim Huybrechts will get the 2021 World Series underway on Friday the 29th of October. Taking place from October 29-31, the World Series of Darts Finals will see 24 of the world’s top stars in action at the AFAS Live.

The eight seeded players, based on World Series Order of Merit ranking, will all enter the action on Saturday, October 30 in round two, which will include Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen, Fallon Sherrock and Peter Wright.

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2021 World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips

2021 World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips

The eyes of darts fans around the world will be on Leicester next week when the Darts World Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday the 3rd of October. 

Last year, for reasons due to you know what, we were denied our annual trip to the Citywest in Dublin’s fair city and instead had to make do with the tourney taking place domestically behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry

The prestigious double start tournament will see 32 stars of the PDC battle it out across seven days for the corporation’s third oldest title and its £450,000 in prize money. World Number One Gerwyn Price will be the defending champion at the Morningside Arena in the East Midlands city.

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The World Grand Prix Darts event began in 1998 and was designed to replace the previous World Pairs Tournament. Since 2000, it was held in Ireland right up until last year when, like many other events, it was switched to a domestic venue. 

World Grand Prix winner could be a surprise

Heading into the 2021 renewal, there is an openness about darts right now that wasn’t there pre-pandemic and it really feels as though this year’s winner really can come from anywhere. Of course, that anywhere could very well be Wales. From there, after all, hails reigning Grand Prix champ, world champ and global numero uno Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price and his countryman Jonny Clayton

Last weekend, The Iceman helped himself to yet another title when he took down the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, not long after he lifted the first European Tour event of the year, the Hungary Darts Trophy, just weeks ago. He is very much the man to beat right now. As such, bet365 have priced him up as the 7/2 favourite to retain his title.

Has anyone in darts had as good of a year as Go Go Jonny the Ferret Clayton? The part-time plasterer for Carmarthenshire County Council is now the Darts Masters and Premier League of Darts champion, both of which he won after he, along with Price, won the 2020 Darts World Cup, an event which kicked the former Rugby player into new darting life.

Clayton now looks like a decent shout for any event he enters and because he is 13th on the Order of Merit, he can provide some pretty tasty prices too. bet365 has placed a rather generous 14/1 on his head which is not to be sniffed at.

Elsewhere, it would be unwise to rule out Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, who has won the last two televised PDC events, albeit one in a two-player team tournament. That, of course, was the recent World Cup of Darts, which he took down with the help of big John ‘The Highlander’ Henderson, a win which came six weeks apart from the world number two’s excellent showing at the World Matchplay.

Ever the showman, Wright, perhaps more than anyone, has been transformed by having the fans back. World number two Snakebite has been priced up at 5/1 with bet365 to take down his third televised PDC title in a row.

As ever, a challenge is expected of the Green Machine, Mighty Michael van Gerwen who, after an astonishing 293 long and worrying days, has finally re-joined the ranks of the trophy winners after he claimed the Nordic Masters title a fortnight ago when he beat Fallon Sherrock in the final. 

Not so very long ago Mighty Mike looked near invincible and a shoo-in for just about any tourney he entered. That has not been the case of late, but his recent win did come in the absence of Gerwyn Price, who pulled out of the tournament with an elbow injury. Had he been involved in the event, things could have been very different and MVG might still be waiting for a trophy win. 

As we wind our way down towards the World Darts Championships in December, Mighty Mike will be looking to get himself back into that kind of form once again and this might well be the event to help him get there. 

Another darter to keep an eye on over the week is Belgian sensation Dimitri van den Bergh. The 2020 Matchplay champion looked almost unstoppable when attempting to defend his crown in July. It’s crazy how many nine-dart finishes The Dream Maker almost posted as he broke averaging records at the time.

In the end, he was undone by some dodgy doubles and an even better Peter Wright. If Snakebite can summon similar levels in Leicester then he could well be your man once again.

World Grand Prix Schedule 2021

Sunday October 3

First Round (Best of three sets)

  • Martijn Kleermaker v Mervyn King
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Luke Humphries
  • Stephen Bunting v Daryl Gurney
  • Dave Chisnall v Mensur Suljovic
  • Joe Cullen v Ross Smith
  • James Wade v Damon Heta
  • Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ryan Searle
  • Darius Labanauskas v Brendan Dolan
  • Callan Rydz v Jonny Clayton
  • Vincent van der Voort v Gabriel Clemens
  • Nathan Aspinall v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Gary Anderson v Ian White
  • Peter Wright v Rob Cross
  • Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert
  • Jose de Sousa v Glen Durrant

Monday October 4 

First Round (Best of three sets)

  • Darius Labanauskas v Brendan Dolan
  • Callan Rydz v Jonny Clayton
  • Vincent van der Voort v Gabriel Clemens
  • Nathan Aspinall v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Gary Anderson v Ian White
  • Peter Wright v Rob Cross
  • Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert
  • Jose de Sousa v Glen Durrant

Tuesday October 5 

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four matches

Wednesday October 6 

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four matches

Thursday October 7 

Quarter-Finals (Best of five sets)

  • Four matches

Friday October 8 

Semi-Finals (Best of seven sets)

  • Two matches

Saturday October 9

Final (Best of nine sets)

  • One match

QUICK GLANCE AT THE 2021 WORLD GRAND PRIX DARTS 

Venue: Morningside Arena, Leicester

Dates:  03/10/2021 – 09/10/2021

Format: Double start, best of three, five, seven and nine sets

Current Champion: Gerwyn Price

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: 1800 (UK)

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The Top 5 Darts Matches Of All Time

The Top 5 Darts Matches Of All Time

Top 5 Darts Matches Of All Time

Darts has gone from being a pub game to one of the most entertaining, if a tad silly, sports in the world.

Despite its lowly status, it’s become a real money-spinner for the TV companies as well as its organisers and is today one of the most-watched sports on the telly with millions of people around the world tuning in every week to watch.

Darts is also one of the most bet on sports in the UK and globally too and, increasingly, we are seeing more and more participants from a growing number of different countries.

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But how did we get here?

Well, for one thing, it is a great laugh, but otherwise to answer that, here, in no particular order, is our collection of the top five darts matches of all time.

Phil Taylor vs Raymond van Barneveld (2007)

Ask most darts fans what they believe is the greatest darts match in history and they will probably say the 2007 PDC World Championship final between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.

Not only was it an epic, but it was also the last year the Circus Tavern hosted the World Championships before proceedings relocated to the Alexandra Palace where they famously remain today.

Here, Barney was playing in his first PDC final after moving over from the BDO, where he had been a four-time champion. 

His opponent, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor was already a 13-time world champion, and it was Taylor, looking to continue a 21 match winning streak at the Circus Tavern, that was to race into a three-set lead.

Taylor had held the trophy since 2004, racking up a 21-match unbeaten run prior to this match but, with a whitewash looking increasingly on the cards, van Barneveld turned the match on its head starting with his, and the tourney’s, first 170 checkout.

Barney went on to take the next three sets to bring the match to 6-6, forcing a deciding set in the process.

The drama didn’t end there. With Barney missing three match darts, the first 10 legs of the decider went with throw before van Barneveld once again failed to take his chance.

Even then, Taylor couldn’t take advantage leaving Barney to eventually hit tops for the title and secure a debut PDC World Championship victory.

Adrian Lewis vs Phil Taylor (2013)

At the 2013 Grand Slam of Darts, we were treated to one of the most exciting matchups in living darts memory.

The reason that it has gone down in legend is that there aren’t many matches that manage to contain a stunning 32 maximums thrown inside of 25 legs.

It’s hard to recall now because his drop-off has been so considerable, but there was a time when Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis was a true king of the darting world. 

He is a two-time, back-to-back world champion after all, banking the big one in both 2011 and 2012.

In his 2013 Grand Slam clash with fellow Potter Phil Taylor, who has claimed this was the best he ever played, Lewis finished the match with a 110.99 average with his opponent posting 109.46.

In a sign of things to come, Taylor opened with 180 with his first three darts of the match and would go on to finish the game with a 16-9 triumph over his own darting protégé.

By the end of the match, the triple 20 was completely destroyed such was the quality the two Stoke chuckers showed on the night.

To this day, there has never been more 180s hit in a PDC match and never has anyone with such a high average as Jackpot posted that night finished on the losing side.

Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross (2018)

Going into the 2018 World Championships, no one had really heard of Rob Cross.

Only a year earlier, Voltage, as the former electrician is known, was watching the event on TV like the rest of us while he was still a member of the Challenge Tour.

Having been encouraged by his uncle to have one last shot at pro darts, Cross set off on his first season with the PDC, where he cashed over £300,000 in prize money and banked four tournament wins.

Nothing could prepare him for what was to follow, though. 

Making it to the Alexandra Palace, Cross went more than deep, reaching the semi-finals, where he was to face the world number one, Michael van Gerwen.

While this was supposed to be a banker for MVG, Cross stayed with his man, helped admittedly by Mighty Mike missing un unlikely 58 doubles during the match.

Unfortunately for the world number one at the time, five of his missed doubles came in the deciding set with the match at 5-4.

With the match firmly in the balance in the sudden-death leg, Cross missed a double 16 for what would have been a 140 checkout.

MVG then repeated the trick which allowed Cross to finally keep his composure and land double eight for the match and complete a remarkable victory. 

Even more remarkably, a retiring Phil Taylor awaited in the final for a fairy tale finish to a glittering career only to be upstaged by Cross, who would finish his first year on the tour as the world champion. 

Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen (2016)

Although Taylor was still playing in 2016, and in fact still had another Ally Pally final in him, darts was by now under new command.

Its new number one was the Green Machine, Mighty Michael van Gerwen. 

In the season building up to that year’s World Championships, MVG had taken down The Masters, the UK Open, the World Darts Matchplay, the Grand Slam of Darts, the European Championship and the Players Championship.

On top of this, he was also unbeaten in more than two months and in 25 televised darts matches overall.

In short, van Gerwen was the heavy favourite going into the 2016 PDC Darts World Championships.

However, he was to meet a compatriot in the third round where that year’s title challenge would come unstuck.

That compatriot was, of course, Raymond van Barneveld, who boasted 11 defeats in 14 meetings with fellow Dutchman MVG.

And yet, van Barneveld won 4-3 in sets, despite Mighty Mike boasting an average of 105.78 on the night.

The turning point came in the fifth set when MVG, on whose throw it was, landed a 180 on his way to, what he hoped would be, a cruise into a 3-2 lead in sets.

At this point, van Barneveld needed 304 and somehow duly dug out a maximum, followed by a 124 finish on double 11 to turn the set, and eventually the tie, in his favour and bring an end to van Gerwen’s unbeaten run.

Phil Taylor v Eric Bristow (1997)

Two of the most famous darters of all time went head to head in 97 when the master took on his apprentice.

True their eras of dominance never really collided, and everything pointed to the young Taylor, then coming into his peak years, comfortably seeing off the challenge of his former mentor, who was, by then, some way past his own prime.

As loved as The Power was, and is, the sporting romantics couldn’t help but hope for one last show from the veteran Crafty Cockney

Think along the lines of Tiger’s Masters win in 2018 but considerably more low-key.

Sometime earlier in the 90’s Bristow had been diagnosed with Dartitis, a repetitive strain injury that had left his game compromised, hence Taylor going into the game as the heavy favourite in the darts betting that year.

As a little background, it was Bristow who had discovered the young Taylor back in Stoke, seeing in him instantly the raw talent that would later see The Power unquestionably go on to become the greatest darts player of all time.

The setting was the Circus Tavern in Essex, which back then hosted the World Championships and we’re at the semi-final stage.

And, while Taylor did lead for most of the game, the former protégée was unable to shake off the threat from his close friend in a first to five format match.

Things looked like they were going the way of The Power as he moved ahead 4-3 in sets and 2-1 up in legs.

Requiring only one more leg for victory, Taylor’s visit left a double four hanging, and with Bristow on 141, up stepped The Crafty Cockney to work his way down to 24, where he pinned the double 12 to take things to a deciding set.

Although Taylor would later end up winning the match – despite missing three darts at 32 – it was one last show of defiance from the legendary Bristow, without whom not only would we not have Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor but who was also behind the reinvention of darts as we know it today.

Of course, come the final, Taylor would become world champion once again.

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