FALLON SHERROCK’s Ally Pally’s trip home was shot down by Steve Beaton’s royal dart but she swears: See you next year.
Returning to the mansion where she had achieved such resounding success, the Queen of the Palace was dethroned 3-2 in a thrilling first round clash of the William World Darts Championship. Hill PDC.
Beaton, the 1996 Lakeside darts world champion, survived all the noise and glare of the gladiators to deliver his best performance of the calendar year.
It means there won’t be any special Christmas run for Sherrock like two years ago.
And PDC and Sky Sports bosses will have a big decision in their hands on whether to pick her for the Premier League after this early outing.
Sherrock, 27, promises to return to the world in 2023, saying: “I will be back next year, 100%.
“If I threw my darts more consistently, it would have been a different outcome. But I would be proud of this.
“Sometimes I don’t make it but I will never give up and will always fight.
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“People are talking about me and giving me all this hype, and I’m really proud of that. Whatever opportunity comes my way, I will never turn it down.
“I believe 100% in my day and in my game that I can live with these guys at PDC.
“If I get more opportunities and opportunities, I can prove myself. I want to play them. My game is stronger than it was two years ago.
“Just because I got kicked out of this tournament early doesn’t mean I can’t come back next year or improve in other leagues.
“I believe there was an opportunity and if I could qualify I would eventually get them points.
“That’s what I want to achieve and I won’t stop until I get there.”
There was a real buzz all night long in anticipation of the return of the Pink Princess after a two-year absence.
Fallon, boosted by the butterfly chicken Nando before her match, asked the audience to respect Beaton and not be mocked by her veteran opponent.
However, that polite request caught the deaf’s ears as fans booed as soon as his Bee Gees ‘Jive Talkin’ kick started playing.
Former hairdresser Sherrock – watched by boyfriend Cameron Menzies – got off to a stellar start and took a 2-0 lead in the first set by 3 seconds 180.
But despite his back against the wall, Beaton won the next three steps, scoring 99 and then sealed the opening set with 126 class.
World No 94 Sherrock could have collapsed on that setback but responded immediately with an 11-kick and leveled at 1-1 with a superb double.
The match entered the fifth and final set as Beaton and Sherrock respectively won the next two sets without losing a single leg.
But Beaton’s seniority and experience proved invaluable, becoming the dart version of the guy who shot and killed Bambi’s mother with a 16-point double.
Beaton, 57, played Belgian seed Kim Huybrechts on Wednesday night, and he said: “I’m exhausted.
“It was one of the hardest matches I have ever faced. Fair play, she didn’t let me go at all.
“The crowd isn’t that bad. I have to quickly remove my darts so they don’t have time to boo.
“These are the games you want to play. I don’t want to be a loser.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17090597/pdc-world-darts-fallon-sherrock-loses-steve-beaton/ Fallon Sherrock lost to Steve Beaton in the first round in front of Ally Pally’s wild crowd