Sherrock Steals Show: Premier League Night Two.

Fallon Sherrock stole the show on Night Two of the 2020 Unibet Premier League as she drew with Glen Durrant in Nottingham on Thursday as Michael van Gerwen continued his winning start to the season.


Sherrock, who became a global sensation at Alexandra Palace in December by becoming the first woman to win matches at the World Championship, picked up where she left off at a packed out Motorpoint Arena.

Starring as the first woman in Premier League history, Sherrock came agonisingly close to becoming the first Challenger to win a match in the competition.

A nervy start to the contest saw the first six legs shared with both players missing darts at doubles, before Sherrock took out 92 for a superb 12-dart break of throw.

The next three legs all went with throw as Sherrock took out 46 to secure a draw, but three-time BDO champion Durrant fought back to take the match all the way to a 12th leg.


With Sherrock waiting on 48 for victory, Durrant pinned double 16 with his third dart to maintain an unbeaten start to his debut Premier League campaign, ending hopes of a roof-raising finish for Sherrock. 

“I loved every minute of the experience, I’m so happy to get a draw,” said Sherrock.

“It was amazing, I’m so happy to have played well again in front of a big crowd and it was a privilege to play against Glen.

“I want to thank everyone who came out to support me, I’m so grateful to them all.

“I’m trying to make the most of all the opportunities I’m getting at the moment and I can’t wait for everything else 2020 could bring.”

Premier League newcomer Durrant, who got his maiden Premier League campaign off to a perfect start in Aberdeen on Night One, was left to rue 17 missed double attempts.

However, the 70 checkout under immense pressure in the final leg maintained his unbeaten start to the season.

“All credit goes to Fallon there, that was the toughest game I’ve ever had,” Durrant admitted.

“It was a real challenge. I think playing Fallon on that stage was a lot harder than I maybe anticipated.

“The crowd were fantastic, I want to make it clear that they didn’t put me off at all.”

Five-time Premier League winner Van Gerwen is the only player to boast a 100% record following the opening two nights with an impressive 7-1 victory over Daryl Gurney.

The world number one was at his dominant best, averaging 105.05 to blow away Gurney, who sits at the foot of the table with back-to-back defeats.


“I didn’t make any mistakes tonight, and I had to because Daryl is a very consistent player,” said Van Gerwen.

“It’s good but I know I can do better than this and I know there is more in the tank.

“I think the crowd were superb tonight for all the players, we all want to perform for them.

“I’m back where I belong and that’s at the top of the table.”

Scottish World Cup winning teammates Gary Anderson and Peter Wright played out an intriguing 6-6 draw.

The opening four legs all went with throw before Wright, who was struggling with an ankle problem, struck an 11-dart leg for the first break to go 3-2 up.

The following three legs were all won in six visits or more as the two powerhouses of the sport struggled to produce their red-hot recent form, before Anderson found double 16 to go 5-4 in front.

However, two-time Premier League winner Anderson was unable to find the decisive break of throw as World Champion Wright fought back, ending the match with a 12-dart leg to avoid beginning his campaign with back-to-back defeats.

Last year’s runner-up Rob Cross twice came from behind to defeat Nathan Aspinall 7-5 in a nip-and-tuck affair.

In a game which never saw more than a leg between the pair, Cross trailed 4-3 but finishes of 116 and 112 proved decisive as he avenged his defeat to Aspinall in the 2019 UK Open final.

“I’m very pleased to win tonight, it was a hard game to win against an in-form player,” said Cross.

“I’m on a new path at the moment and I feel brilliant. I’ve lost almost three stone since the World Championship.

“I’d been doing things wrong for the last couple of years so I decided it’s time to look after myself.

“I want the best I can from this game and to get that I have to do the right things on and off the stage.”

A night of comebacks and close encounters saw world number three Gerwyn Price recover from 6-2 down to salvage a point against Michael Smith.

Smith was at his fluent best in the first eight legs, averaging over 115, hitting two ten-dart legs and a 140 finish as he secured his first point of the campaign.

However, the 2018 Premier League runner-up was unable to get over the winning line, missing two match darts as Price dug deep to win four successive legs to maintain his unbeaten star to the season.

The 2020 Unibet Premier League continues with Night Three in Cardiff on Thursday February 20 as Wales’ top two stars Price and Jonny Clayton – the latest Challenger – take on Gurney and Smith respectively.

2020 Unibet Premier League Night Two
Thursday February 13

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Rob Cross 7-5 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6-6 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 6-6 Peter Wright
Glen Durrant 6-6 Fallon Sherrock
Michael van Gerwen 7-1 Daryl Gurney

Night Three
Thursday February 20

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Peter Wright v Rob Cross
Jonny Clayton v Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney v Gerwyn Price
Glen Durrant v Gary Anderson

League Table

Following Night TwoPWDL+/-LWATPts
Michael van Gerwen2200+854
Glen Durrant2110+453
Rob Cross2110+263
Gary Anderson2110+243
Nathan Aspinall2101+242
Gerwyn Price2020052
Peter Wright2011-221
Michael Smith2011-441
Daryl Gurney2002-820


Premier League Preview: Night Two, Sherrock Takes Bow.

Fallon Sherrock will continue her history-making exploits on Night Two of the 2020 Unibet Premier League as she becomes the first woman to play in the tournament, while Scottish World Cup winners Gary Anderson and Peter Wright will face off in Nottingham on Thursday.


Sherrock, who became a global sensation in December by becoming the first female player to win matches at a PDC World Championship, will take on Glen Durrant as the Premier League roadshow continues at Motorpoint Arena.

The second of nine Challengers to star in this year’s Premier League, Sherrock insists she is unfazed at the prospect of performing in front of 6,000 fans, many of whom have travelled to witness her highly-anticipated debut.

“It’s amazing that people are travelling to see me, it’s still all new to me so I’m really excited,” said Sherrock.

“At Alexandra Palace I tried to block everything out during my games so that will be what I do again, but I love taking in all the support at the end of matches.

“I don’t feel any pressure, I think all the pressure will be on Glen because he’s the Premier League player and he needs the points.

“I’m going to play my own game, not think about anything else and see how it goes. I can’t wait to go and play on another big stage.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to reflect. I’m taking little bits in but it’s been a bit overwhelming how much I’ve helped the sport in general. I’m really proud of what I’ve done.”

Meanwhile, Durrant enjoyed a perfect start to life in the Premier League line-up in Aberdeen last Thursday, defeating Michael Smith in an impressive display.

The Teessider missed just two darts at a double in a ruthless 7-3 defeat of 2018 Premier League runner-up Smith, and Durrant knows he will need to be just as clinical against Sherrock.

“It’s an exciting challenge playing against Fallon, it’s a game I’ve been very aware of since the fixtures came out,” Durrant admitted.

“I’m proud of Fallon, it’s amazing what she’s done for the sport, but I’ve got a job to do.

“I feel a lot better coming into the game knowing I’ve got two points on the board. If I’d taken a drubbing from Michael the pressure would’ve been on me even more.

“Obviously, the crowd will be right behind Fallon, it will be a new experience for me because I’ve never really had the crowd against me.

“But, you have to enjoy these experiences. Only 18 months ago I was playing in front of 27 people so to be playing in front of thousands every week is absolutely incredible.

“I’m in the elite now and I’ve never, ever been in the elite so I’m keeping my expectations realistic. I just want to get past Judgement Night.”

Before Durrant and Sherrock’s encounter, Scotland’s top two Anderson and Wright will go head-to-head in a battle between two in-form super-powers of the sport.


Following a frustrating 2019 blighted by injury, Anderson has enjoyed a much-improved start to 2020, with victory over Daryl Gurney in Aberdeen backed up by winning his first PDC ranking title since August 2018 on Saturday.

“It’s been a while since I won something, but I’ve got the hunger back,” the two-time World Champion revealed.

“I want to get back to how I was throwing before [the injury], I don’t mind if I win or lose, but as long as I throw them how I used to then I’ll be alright.

“I still have work to do, but it’s not a bad start.”

Wright, meanwhile, enjoyed the perfect start to life as World Champion by winning The Masters earlier this month.

However, the world number two suffered his first defeat of 2020 in Aberdeen at the hands of Michael van Gerwen as the Dutchman went some way to avenging his World Championship final defeat.

“Obviously, losing to Michael was a disappointment but I don’t think I played too badly,” said Wright.

“That game is gone now, so as soon as it was finished I was looking ahead to playing Gary.

“Gary is a player I have huge respect for, I loved winning the World Cup with him last year so it should be a great game if we both play like we can.”

Testament to his stunning form, Wright played his part in setting a new PDC record combined average in his clash with Nathan Aspinall at Players Championship Two on Sunday.


Aspinall, who averaged 117.5 in that match, went on to claim his fourth senior PDC title three days after getting his debut Premier League campaign off to a winning start against John Henderson.

The world number eight is brimming with confidence ahead of his meeting with last year’s runner-up Rob Cross as he seeks back-to-back wins.

“I’m still on cloud nine from the Premier League invite, I’m living the dream,” said Aspinall, who made his Premier League debut in Nottingham as a ‘Contender’ almost 12 months ago.

“I’ve been all smiles in the practice room since I got the invite, but a few of the other players joked that I might not be smiling after five or six weeks when fatigue sets in.

“I must admit being in the Premier League is something I’ve had my eye on for quite some time, so to get the call was a great moment for me.

“I’m determined to make this most of this opportunity. I didn’t perform as I wanted to in Aberdeen. I’m a bit relieved that game is out of the way and now I want to show what I can do more consistently.

“I’m still new to this game but my level is going up and up while I’m learning.”

Night Two will also see world number one Van Gerwen take on Daryl Gurney, while Welsh number one Gerwyn Price faces Smith.

The first nine nights of action will see a different Challenger in action, culminating in Judgement Night in Rotterdam on March 26 where the ninth-placed regular player will be eliminated.

Following Judgement Night, the remaining eight players meet once more in the remaining seven league nights in Belfast, Sheffield, Manchester, Berlin, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds.

The top four players then progress to face off for the title, and a £250,000 top prize, in the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 21.

Night Two will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, on PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

2020 Unibet Premier League
Night Two
Thursday February 13
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
Glen Durrant v Fallon Sherrock
Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen

Prize Fund
Winner £250,000
Runner-up £120,000
Semi-finalists £80,000
Fifth place£70,000
Sixth place £60,000
Seventh place £55,000
Eighth place £50,000
Ninth place £35,000
League winner bonus £25,000
Total £825,000