World Darts Championship: Fallon Sherrock suffers crucial defeat to record-breaking Steve Beaton | Darts news


Fallon Sherrock averaged 88.84 and landed five 180s on her Alexandra Palace return

Fallon Sherrock averaged 88.84 and landed five 180s on her Alexandra Palace return

Fallon Sherrock’s return to Alexandra Palace ended in defeat after she was knocked out by record-breaking Steve Beaton in a convincing match in the first round of the World Darts Championship.

Sherrock made history on her last appearance back in 2019, becoming the first woman to beat a male opponent, thanks to famous victories over Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic, before confirming her credentials with a run to last month’s Grand Slam quarterfinals.

‘The Queen of the Palace’ received a rave reception from partisan Ally Pally audiences, and she gave them plenty to cheer about in the early exchanges, shooting in three 180s in as many legs to seize the initiative.

Steve Beaton beat Fallon Sherrock to advance to the second round of the World Darts Championship

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Steve Beaton beat Fallon Sherrock to advance to the second round of the World Darts Championship

Steve Beaton beat Fallon Sherrock to advance to the second round of the World Darts Championship

Beaton vs. Sherrock – The Statistics

Beaton Sherrock
Average 90.69 88.74
100+ scores 20 28
140s 11 10
180s 5 5
Double attempt 33% 45%

But Beaton – in his 31st World Cup in a row – opened his account with a team of 13 darts before producing majestic 99 and 126 finishes in consecutive legs to draw first blood with a ton-plus average.

Sherrock was not deterred, following up on his fourth 180 with an 11-darter to start set two, and despite a fierce Beaton raising his average to 104, ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ was unable to convert a lone set of darts by the bull, and Sherrock duly leveled with a 13-darter.

Fallon Sherrock makes it 1-1 against Steve Beaton during their first round of the World Cup

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Fallon Sherrock makes it 1-1 against Steve Beaton during their first round of the World Cup

Fallon Sherrock makes it 1-1 against Steve Beaton during their first round of the World Cup

The first two sets were of the highest quality, though both endured a significant dive in the third, with Beaton wrapping it up unanswered to regain control.

Sherrock responded extensively to turn the roles around in set four, stopping the rot with a 13-pointer hold and landing a fifth 180 on his way to grabbing it in three straight legs.

Steve Beaton admitted it was one of the toughest games he's ever been involved in after fighting past Fallon Sherrock

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Steve Beaton admitted it was one of the toughest games he’s ever been involved in after fighting past Fallon Sherrock

Steve Beaton admitted it was one of the toughest games he’s ever been involved in after fighting past Fallon Sherrock

Beaton, however, had the advantage of throwing in the fifth and final set, and after three consecutive teams, the 57-year-old produced a nerve-wracking 68 kill to close out a thriller.

“I think it was one of the toughest games I’ve ever had to deal with. Fair play for Fallon, she did not let me go at all,” admitted the 1996 Lakeside champion, who plays Kim Huybrechts in the second round.

Jonny Clayton hit this 150-box during his second round match against Keane Barry at the World Cup

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Jonny Clayton hit this 150-box during his second round match against Keane Barry at the World Cup

Jonny Clayton hit this 150-box during his second round match against Keane Barry at the World Cup

Elsewhere, eighth seed Jonny Clayton survived a major scare and fought back from 2-1 on drift to topple Irish teenager Keane Barry in a world championship classic containing 10 tonnes plus crates.

‘The Ferret’ is among the favorites to lift this year’s Sid Waddell Trophy, and he produced a blistering barrage in the final stages to ward off a brave performance from the 19-year-old.

Keane Barry won set three with a checkout of 122 against Jonny Clayton during their epic in the second round

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Keane Barry won set three with a checkout of 122 against Jonny Clayton during their epic in the second round

Keane Barry won set three with a checkout of 122 against Jonny Clayton during their epic in the second round

Barry emerged on top of a seismic shock after producing back-to-back 114 and 122 finishes to move a set away from victory – two of five 100+ boxes recorded by ‘Dynamite’.

Nevertheless, Clayton responded by rewinding six consecutive legs with a remarkable 114 average to continue his bid for a fifth major title in 2021.

16th-seed Stephen Bunting is out of the World Darts Championship after losing an epic competition to Ross Smith

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16th-seed Stephen Bunting is out of the World Darts Championship after losing an epic competition to Ross Smith

16th-seed Stephen Bunting is out of the World Darts Championship after losing an epic competition to Ross Smith

Ross Smith produced an astonishingly late wave to dump last year’s semifinalist Stephen Bunting into the first tie-break of this year’s tournament.

‘The Bullet’ recovered after a sad start to seize the initiative, but a 10-darter from ‘Smudger’ forced a final set, converting 167 and 102 finishes in consecutive legs to secure the back-to-back victory. back 12- darter.

Florian Hempel broke Martin Schindler with a stunning 158 checkout en route to a straight set victory

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Florian Hempel broke Martin Schindler with a stunning 158 checkout en route to a straight set victory

Florian Hempel broke Martin Schindler with a stunning 158 checkout en route to a straight set victory

Sunday’s results

Afternoon
Maik Kuivenhoven 3-1 Ky Smith
Jason Heaver 3-1 Gordon Mathers
Alan Soutar 3-2 Diogo Portela
Stephen Bunting 2-3 Ross Smith
Evening
Martijn Kleermaker 3-1 John Michael
Florian Hempel 3-0 Martin Schindler
Steve Beaton 3-2 Fallon Sherrock
Jonny Clayton vs. Keane Barry

Monday’s line-up

Luke Woodhouse v James Wilson (Round 1)
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez v Ben Robb (Round 1)
Raymond van Barneveld v Lourence Ilagan (Round 1)
James Wade v Maik Kuivenhoven (round two)

In tonight’s all-German affair, Florian Hempel crossed past Martin Schindler in straight sets to establish a fascinating encounter with fifth-seeded Dimitri Van den Bergh in the second round, converting 114, 156 and 158 outshots to complete a dream debut.

12 months ago, Martijn Kleermaker’s World Cup dreams were curtailed when he tested positive for Covid-19, but he marked his Ally Pally bow with a 3-1 success over the enigmatic Greek star John Michael, with a fourth set average of 115.62.

Martijn Kleermaker took out 156 to win the first set against John Michael on his Alexandra Palace bow

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Martijn Kleermaker took out 156 to win the first set against John Michael on his Alexandra Palace bow

Martijn Kleermaker took out 156 to win the first set against John Michael on his Alexandra Palace bow

Debutant Alan Soutar defied a lively display from Diogo Portela to win in a five-set thriller, despite an impressive 64 percent conversion rate from the Brazilian.

Soutar recovered from a sluggish start and led 2-1, only for Portela to restore parity thanks to 12 and 11 darts against the throw. ‘The Braziliant’ showed further brinkmanship with a wonderful 124 number, but the Scot kept his composure to move on.

Alan Soutar knocked out Diogo Portela to advance to round two of the World Darts Championships

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Alan Soutar knocked out Diogo Portela to advance to round two of the World Darts Championships

Alan Soutar knocked out Diogo Portela to advance to round two of the World Darts Championships

Maik Kuivenhoven will host world No. 4 James Wade on Monday, after winning a landmark first World Cup victory in Sunday’s curtain lift, averaging 88.80 and shots in seven 180s to defeat Australian qualifier Ky Smith.

The second match of the afternoon followed a similar pattern as a debutant Jason Heaver dumped yet another Australian qualifier in the form of Gordon Mathers, to create a draw with World Grand Prix semi-finalist Danny Noppert.

Maik Kuivenhoven was ecstatic after securing his first victory at the World Darts Championship when he defeated Ky Smith 3-1

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Maik Kuivenhoven was ecstatic after securing his first victory at the World Darts Championship when he defeated Ky Smith 3-1

Maik Kuivenhoven was ecstatic after securing his first victory at the World Darts Championship when he defeated Ky Smith 3-1

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