Sherrock Suffers Sick “S***” Online Abuse!

FALLON SHERROCK became the latest victim of social media abuse after a fan called her a “s***” and “slag” following an online defeat.

The Milton Keynes star, who became the first woman to beat a man in the World Championships, got the stick on Twitter yesterday.

In a direct message the yob messaged Sherrock “Your so s*** you slag” and also “I’d love to stamp on your ugly head”.

Sherrock responded on Twitter:

“All I did was not win a game of darts, this is so wrong.”

Fellow online playing star David Evans leapt to her defence and stated: “I completely feel your pain, Fallon”. 

“I get them too and it is so wrong just because they have lost 50p on a bet. Just do what I do and block them and ignore it I know it’s hard to do but I’m doing this it lets them know that they haven’t got to you.”

Sky Sports commentator Stuart Pyke also added:

“Absolutely disgusting. Report is straight away and stay strong Fallon.”

It’s not the first time Sherrock, who also drew with Glen Durrant in the Premier League earlier this year, has been given abuse. World No.1 Michael Van Gerwen is in the same Modus Sports stable as Sherrock and has helped her deal with the pressures of instant fame.

And several of the game’s superstars have reached previously out to her with guidance after nasty trolls subjected her to social media abuse.


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Warren Continues Winning Run in Slovakia – Open & Masters Reports.

World Champion Wayne Warren, and Chris Landman shared the honours over this popular weekend of WDF affiliated darts. Warren claimed the Masters and Landman, the following day’s, Slovak Open. The win sees Warren in eighth place on the WDF rankings and closing in on the top places..

Wayne warren – Kept his enviable performance level up with victory in the Slovak Masters

David Evans continued his climb within the BDO/WDF system as he carries the confidence, from his World Championship Qtr Final, into the season.

The ladies crwons were captured by Maria O’Brien and Lorraine Winstanley respectively.

Slovak Masters – February 2020

MEN’S SINGLESCountryPositionWOMEN’S SINGLESCountry
Wayne WarrenWales1Maria O’BrienEngland
David EvansEngland2Deta HedmanEngland
Francesco RaschiniItaly3Lorraine WinstanleyEngland
Chris LandmanNetherlands3Anastasia DobromyslovaRussia
Tony O’SheaEngland5Paula JacklinEngland
Sebastian SteyerPoland5Kirsty HutchinsonEngland
Nick FullwellEngland5Laura TurnerEngland
Aaron TurnerEngland5Margaret SuttonEngland
Roemer MooijmanNetherlands9Anca ZijlstraNetherlands
Brian RamanBelgium9Roz BulmerEngland
John O’SheaRepublic of Ireland9Jo ClementsEngland
Roman BeneckyCzech Republic9Alisa BurykinaRussia
Anthony AllenEngland9Jana KanovskaCzech Republic
Adrian FrimRomania9Mandy SmithEngland
Tony MartinEngland9Sarah BrownEngland
Gabriel PascaruRomania9

Slovak Open – February 2020

MEN’S SINGLESCountryPositionWOMEN’S SINGLESCountry
Chris LandmanNetherlands1Lorraine WinstanleyEngland
Sebastian SteyerPoland2Laura TurnerEngland
Richard VeenstraNetherlands3Deta HedmanEngland
Wayne WarrenWales3Anastasia DobromyslovaRussia
John O’SheaRepublic of Ireland5Anca ZijlstraNetherlands
Ben HazelEngland5Kirsty HutchinsonEngland
Jason MarriottWales5Roz BulmerEngland
Aaron TurnerEngland5Margaret SuttonEngland
Roemer MooijmanNetherlands9Amanda HarwoodEngland
Brian RamanBelgium9Jitka CisarovaCzech Republic
Daniele PetriItaly9Veronika IhaszHungary
David EvansEngland9Gabriella OlahHungary
Nick FullwellEngland9Sandra PageEngland
Craig VenmanEngland9Regina SebestyenHungary
Tony MartinEngland9Andreea BradRomania
Patrik KovacsHungary9Magdalena MusialPoland

Red Dragon Claim Unique World Champion Treble.

Welsh darting brand Red Dragon have a lot to shout about already. Major champions, innovative models and a solid reputation for service and value. Yesterday they moved to a new level. We pestered Red Dragon’s Simon Hall for his thoughts before the final took place:

With World Titles meaning so much to every player, and those behind them, the chance of three in one year is nothing short of breathtaking

Simon Hall – Red Dragon
Red Dragon’s World Champion.
PIC; PDC – PETER WRIGHT IN ACTION

With the crowning of Peter Wright, earlier this month, RD put the cherry on a long baked cake. Over the past decade they have developed a model and put together a group of players that rival anything seen previously. It results in World Champions!

Can Wayne Warren make it a rare double for the Welsh brand?

Wayne Warren lifting the BDO World Professional Championship gives the Bridgend based company a unique trio of World Champions. With Snakebite already holding the PDC crown and Luke Humphries capturing the World Youth title (PDC) it’s been a bumper few weeks. It may also make all the difference in the annual manufacturer rankings!

The RD model is not overly complex. The select their players carefully, work with them closely and stick with them for the long run.

A Celtic Flavour?

Success begins at home? – RD have a very good base of Welsh talent, but with Scots and more added!

In addition, to Warren, Red Dragon have Gerwyn Price, Johnny Clayton, Jamie Lewis and Barrie Bates all from their home pricipality of Wales. In addition, they boast a clutch of Scotsmen lead by Robert Thornton and backed up by John Henderson and Ross Montgomery. previous players include former world champ Richie Burnett. If you know sport you will understand that the Celtic passions work well in harness with sporting talent.

Multi Generational

Jamie Lewis
Jamie Lewis seems to have spent his whole life under the wing of RD?

Like all manufacturers RD have been keen to find and nuture young talent, they were the first sponsor for Adam Smith Neale, backed Richard North and have supported Jamie Lewis through thick and thin. But RD are not in thrall to youth. During the last decade they took considered risks on older, seasoned player who were coming on strong. Mark Hylton, Ian White and indeed, Wayne Warren were all in there forties or older when they were first signed up.

Back Your Decision

Those who make the decisions at RD seem to stick with them and are not afraid to throw the rule book out of the window if it may help a player or kick start a relationship. The Peter Wright story, and ever changing equipment, might have driven some companies over the edge. Instead Red Dragon have invented a totally new model for Peter and his sponsorship.

PDC UNICORN WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL- LUKE HUMPHRIES WINS

John Henderson has had ups and down as well as injury, Gerwyn Price has had much publicised disciplinary issues and Luke Humphries has well documented mental health concerns. Yet all are still with RD and have had multiple deals often renewed during tough times as well as good. This approach seems to allow players time and space to flourish at their own pace or to adapt to new circumstances.

Choose Wisely.

Initial signing decisions are a combination of analysis, external reports, observation and consultation. There is no fixed recipe for pursuing, or signing, a player but a number of differing factors can influence a decision. A good network of informative and reliable sources, very good data and carefully honed instincts all play a part.

Patience.

RD are not the sort who sign a player as soon as he/she does anything of note and then reject them if they don’t hit that high spot again instantly. Instead they take advice and are prepared to move earlier at times and be more long term in their thinking. This has occasionally seen them miss out rather than make an error.

A good example is David Evans. ‘Stretch‘ is a fine player with huge potential. Several of RD sources pointed him out a while ago. Yet, other sources recommended a step by step approach as that thought he needed time to develop and adapt. The last twelve months, and his recent World Championship efforts, suggests that they were correct.

Red Dragon’s collection of a threesome of World Champions means they have reaped the rewards of a program, and a belief, that dates back well over a decade. It would be a wise move to keep an eye on their future signings and those already on their books.

We’re so lucky to have these great players out there fighting to win & carrying the Red Dragon Name

Simon Hall of Red Dragon Darts

More than just luck Simon! In the meantime congratulations are in order! Well done indeed.

BDO World Championship Review – Day 7.

Beau will have to wait at least more more year to left the World Championship.

Lisa Ashton continued her quest for a fifth Ladies World Title as she whitewashed Australia’s Corrine Hammond to reach Saturday’s final at the o2 Indigo. She was dominant in her performance against former finalist Hammond, who failed to win a leg against the rampant ‘Lancashire Rose’. She was joined by Mikuru Suzuki as the Japanese Star battled past Beau Greaves in the second semi-final. Greaves has been the star of the tournament but after finding herself in uncharted territory, the experienced Suzuki proved a step too far. As the opening two sets went with throw, Suzuki found her scoring game in the latter stages of set three, giving Greaves too much ground to make up as she set up a final showdown with Lisa Ashton in the final.


In the men’s quarter-finals Wayne Warren confirmed his first World Championship semi-final appearance at the age of 58. ‘The Yank’ recorded the victory against free-flowing Dutchman Chris Landman, who was also looking for a first semi-final appearance. But in a topsy-turvy encounter, the additional experience of Warren paid dividends as he became our first semi-finalist. 

Mario Vandenbogaerde, a player making his World Championship debut after a 12 year absence from the game, also made the Qtr Finals. It was a quick start for ‘Super Mario’ who looked to be heading for a simple victory. But as the pressure grew, David Evans got his foot in the door, taking the third set to plant the seed of doubt before the players took a break for the interval. Aside from briefly getting on level terms, that would be as close as ‘Stretch’ got the semi-finals, the former Belgian number one continuing his dream run into the semi-final stages. The Belgian will now take on tournament favourite Jim Williams in the final after the Welshman made light work of Paul Hogan. ‘Crocodile Dundee’ had been magnificent in his opening two matches, but that form was nowhere to be seen as Williams recorded a 5-1 victory on the Indigo stage.

Exclusive Scott Mitchell interview.
Scott Mitchell seems to be gliding toward another World Title. Photo: BDO
Waites found his game in the Qtr final against his friend Scott Mitchell. But seemed to tire toward the end.


Scott Mitchell completed the semi-final line-up as he saw off good friend Scott Waites in the final game of the evening. It was nip and tuck all the way through, with neither player able to build up a significant cushion. With both players averaging in the mid 90’s, Mitchell found that extra gear in the crucial deciding set to secure just a second ever World Championship semi-final appearance. 



Results
Wayne Warren 5-3 Chris Landman 
Lisa Ashton 2-0 Corrine Hammond 
Mario Vandenbogaerde 5-3 David Evans 

Jim Williams 5-1 Paul Hogan 
Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 Beau Greaves 
Scott Mitchell 5-4 Scott Waites 

BDO

Big Guns Dominate on Day 5 – BDO World Championships Review.

Former World Champions Scott Mitchell and Scott Waites battled through to the quarter-finals with victories over Michael Unterbuchner and Wesley Harms respectively. 


2015 champion Mitchell, was rampant against ‘T-Rex’, who ultimately failed to take his 
opportunities. Whilst the pairs scoring game was comparable, better doubling on the part of Mitchell tipped the scales in his favour.

Scotty Dog looking in fine fettle this year.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

‘Scotty Dog’ will now face good friend Scott Waites in the quarters after he produced a sensational comeback to defeat Wesley Harms. The number one seed had stormed into an early lead, but Waites just did enough to keep him at arms length. As we reached the fourth set, ‘Sparky’ went off the boil, leaving to door open for Waites to take the lead.  The former World Champ obliged and raced into a lead for the first time, from there on it was plain sailing for Waites as he secured a dream match-up with Mitchell for Friday afternoon.

There was also room for Manchester’s David Evans to continue his fairy-tale debut run to the BDO World Championship quarter-finals as he defeated number three seed Richard Veenstra. ‘Stretch’ was quick out of the blocks, averaging 105 in an incredible opening set. As he raced into a 3-0 lead with a respectable 98 average it looked although we were all set for an early night, but then Veenstra started to kick in.

Two sets on the spin from ‘Flyers’ set doubt inside the head of Evans, but as nerves started to take a hold of both players Evans found his scoring form once again. Finally getting over the line in set six to confirm his name in the quarter-finals.

Andy Hamilton
The Hammer came up short vs Wayne Warren.

The afternoon session kicked off with a win for former World Championship quarter-finalist Wayne Warren over Andy Hamilton. It was a rapid start from Warren as he raced into an early lead despite trailing in the averages. In the end it would be a story of missed doubles for ‘The Hammer’, as Warren stayed steady on the outer ring to claim victory.


Chris Landman produced one of the comebacks of the tournament as he returned from the brink to see off Ben Hazel. The turning point came in the fifth set, as Hazel spurned opportunities for the match, leaving the door ajar for Landman. That would be just the chance the Dutchman needed as he piled in the big scores and reached his first World Championship quarter-final.

Lorraine Winstanley interview.
Lorraine Winstanley
Photo: BDO


The women’s quarter-final line-up was also confirmed in the afternoon session as Lorraine Winstanley replicated last years performance. It was far from perfect from the Buxton thrower, but the win sets up a meeting with Lisa Ashton in the quarter-finals. 

Results:

Wayne Warren 4-1 Andy Hamilton 
Chris Landman 4-3 Ben Hazel 
Lorraine Winstanley 2-0 Casey Gallagher 

Scott Waites 4-2 Wesley Harms 
Scott Mitchell 4-0 Michael Unterbuchner 
David Evans 4-2 Richard Veenstra 

Harrington & Jones Pick Up Pdc Unicorn Challenge Tour Wins

Rydz and Noguera Win Titles. Preston Hits Perfect Leg.

Callan Rydz
Pic: PDC

Callan Rydz and Jesus Noguera claimed titles as the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend of 2019 concluded in Wolverhampton on Sunday.

Simon Preston hit a nine-darter during the earlier rounds, the second of this weekend.

Event 15

Noguera another PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour title defeating Kyle McKinstry 5-2 in the final.

The Spaniard triumphed over Saturday event winner Cameron Menzies in the last 16, wins over Mark Walsh & Ritchie Edhouse followed and secured Noguera a spot in the final.

Noguera made no mistake in the following leg by holding his throw to claim the title and the £2,000 top prize.

Event 16

Rydz claimed the title with a 5-2 victory over another of Saturday’s finalists David Evans.

Simon Preston hit a nine-darter in his last 256 match with Dean Reynolds. The 300th perfect leg in PDC History was also the second of this challenge tour weekend.

A 5-2 win in the quarter-final over Peter “Maverick” Mitchell meant Rydz faced Adam Huckvale in the Semi-Finals, he came through the 5-3 victor. 

Rydz averaged over 100 in all but one of the legs of the final, versus David Evans, finishing with a 102+ winning average in a superb display.

Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 15

Quarter-Finals

Kyle McKinstry 5-2 James Lawson
Wes Newton 5-4 Martin O’Boyle
Ritchie Edhouse 5-4 Kevin Garcia
Jesus Noguera 5-4 Mark Walsh

Semi-Finals
Kyle McKinstry 5-2 Wes Newton
Jesus Noguera 5-2 Ritchie Edhouse

Final
Jesus Noguera 5-2 Kyle McKinstry

Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 16

Quarter-Finals

Adam Huckvale 5-1 Steve Hine
Callan Rydz 5-2 Peter Mitchell
David Evans 5-0 Rhys Hayden
Justin Smith 5-3 Kevin Garcia

Semi-Finals
Callan Rydz 5-3 Adam Huckvale
David Evans 5-1 Justin Smith

Final
Callan Rydz 5-2 David Evans