Luke Woodhouse landed a brilliant nine-darter and claimed victory in the Unibet Home Tour’s Group Two on a memorable Saturday night for the internet-streamed event.
Bewdley’s Woodhouse, who made his breakthrough last year, achieved a moment of perfection during a superb 5-0 win over world number three Gerwyn Price during his three games on the second night of the Home Tour.
Woodhouse was leading 3-0 as he scored back-to-back 177s against Price, before checking out 147 to record the first nine-darter in competition against an opponent from their respective homes.
Woodhouse went on to complete a 5-0 win over Price with an average of almost 114, with 5-2 wins over Ted Evetts and Rowby-John Rodriguez giving him the Group Two victory.
Reigning Grand Slam of Darts champion Price followed World Champion Peter Wright – who competed in Friday’s Group One – in finishing in second place with two wins on the night.
Price had opened proceedings by defeating Austria’s Rodriguez 5-2, and repeated that scoreline to see off Evetts, ending the night with a 130 checkout and a 102 average.
Evetts was a 5-3 winner over Rodriguez in their tie as he finished in third spot, with the Austrian youngster finishing bottom on the night.
The Unibet Home Tour continues on Sunday night with Group Three, which sees Dave Chisnall, Jan Dekker, Jonathan Worsley and Scott Waites competing in the third of 32 nights of action.
The 2019 PDC Unicorn Development Tour runaway winner Ted Evetts has signed a new long-term contract with Unicorn Darts.
Evetts, aged 22, claimed a magnificent eight titles during a sparkling year, which took his overall tally of career wins on the Development Tour to twelve.
Having recently joined the Sportsman Management Company, which includes stablemates Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kyle Anderson, ‘SuperTed’ is excited by both the future and his new deal ”I am buzzing to extend my stay with Unicorn, more than happy with all of my equipment and I’m looking forward to my best year yet”.
Unicorn Player Liaison Matt Rankin added ”We are extremely pleased to extend our relationship with Ted, he has a great future in the game. Ted is one of the most talented young players around and we look forward to seeing him progress further in his career over the coming months and years”.
Dependant on his playing schedule for the main PDC Tour during 2020, Evetts plans to enter as many events as possible once again on the Development Tour to continue what is already an incredible success story for the man from Stockton.
Evetts will kick start his new season campaign this coming weekend, as the Pro Tour resumes with Player Championship events 1 & 2 taking place in Barnsley.
So the World Championships are over for another year; one a spectacle, the other, well I’m not so sure…
But of course the one person who hogged all the headlines was Milton Keynes’ Fallon Sherrock and deservedly so. What a performance! You don’t need me to tell you the story. We all know that Fallon became the first female player to beat a top male player in a World Championship and went on to beat another before falling to a third. In all my years of writing about the ladies game I’ve never known anything like it and I guess neither have you.
The media response to Fallon’s breaking through the ‘glass ceiling’ was immense, even warranting column inches in The Economist magazine! Journalist Bo Franklin wrote
Ms Sherrock, a far cry from the beer-bellied blokes who used to typify the game, symbolises how, in recent years, darts has gone from a peculiar British pastime to an entertainment juggernaut with transatlantic ambitions.
This has been great for Fallon who will surely go on to even better things but it’s also so good for women’s darts. Now that women’s darts has attracted the world’s attention what will happen? How can the momentum be maintained? I was hoping that it would start with impressive ladies’ performances in the BDO World Championships which largely, I have to say, disappointed.
Sadly Fallon’s success was, if only temporarily, overshadowed by the BDO having to slash the prize money in its World Championships something that, it appears, warranted Fallon withdrawing from that tournament. Part of me felt disappointed for her and the sport of darts but the other part said “Good on you Fallon. You now have control.”
Fallon will now work with her management and the PDC (probably harder than she has ever worked before) and who knows where it may lead. Of course, other women have preceded her by qualifying for the PDC World Championships. I expect the best of them, including Lisa Ashton, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Mikuru Suzuki, to lead the rest of the pack into this new era of women’s darts. If the opportunities present themselves then I am absolutely sure they will embrace them and that many others will then follow.
Fallon has shown that it can be done. (We all knew it could. We just didn’t know exactly when.) A top woman player can beat top men. Now all we need is for a woman to go one better and become PDC World Champion, I guess not yet awhile, but having said that who thought Fallon could beat Ted Evetts, let alone 11th seed Mensur Suljovic and then give Chris Dobey a run for his money? Come on. Be honest!………….
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Fallon Sherrock became the first woman to win a William Hill World Championship match on a historic night at London’s Alexandra Palace on Tuesday.
The former Lakeside Championship Women’s finalist produced a stunning performance to defeat Ted Evetts 3-2 and move into the second round.
25-year-old talent Sherrock landed six 180s and converted 41 percent of double attempts in a remarkable display to see off 2019 PDC Unicorn Development Tour winner Evetts.
“I can’t believe that I’ve made history,” said Sherrock, who had watched on as Mikuri Suzuki came close to winning her match against James Richardson on Sunday.
“I was inspired by Mikuru and I don’t think I would have believed in myself as much if she hadn’t performed so well.
“I’m absolutely over the moon – I have always dreamt of playing on that stage and winning on it is something I have dreamt of too but I never thought it would happen.
“I can’t remember much of the match but the atmosphere was amazing. I didn’t want it to end but I’m glad it ended the way it did with me making history.”
Sherrock sent he first warning signal by checking out 106 in the second leg of the match but went on to lose the first set 3-1.
A flurry of 180s – including two to kick-off one leg – helped her win the second set, but Evetts regained control by taking out 68 after she had missed four darts to take set three.
Sherrock clinched the fourth set 3-2 with a brilliant 13-darter under pressure before going on to seal glory by winning the deciding set 3-1.
The moment was greeted with enormous cheers and applause from a vocal Ally Pally crowd, with the historic sporting moment being shared widely around the world.
Jeffrey de Zwaan came from behind to deny Darin Young a second giant-killing of the tournament.
American ace Young, who had beaten Raymond van Barneveld in round one, led the tie by two sets to one before the 23-year-old Dutchman rallied back to snatch victory.
“I feel relieved more than anything after that,” admitted De Zwaan, who will face either Dave Chisnall or Vincent van der Voort in the third round.
“Darin played really well but I was expecting that and I didn’t start very well – but I’m really happy I turned it around to win.”
Krzysztof Ratajski also reached round three as he defeated Zoran Lerchbacher to win at Alexandra Palace for the first time.
The Polish ace, who has won six PDC ranking titles, recovered from dropping the first set to claim a 3-1 triumph.
“I feel free now and I can relax,” said Ratajski, who won the Gibraltar Darts Trophy in September.
“In the last two years I have come here and lost so I am really happy.
“I won a title on the stage earlier this year and I think that has helped me a lot – this is a magnificent win for me.”
Australia’s Damon Heta breezed to a straight sets success on his World Championship debut, defeating Portuguese star Jose De Sousa.
August’s Brisbane Darts Masters Heta made light work of De Sousa, who had picked two PDC ranking titles in 2019.
There was also a comfortable debut victory for Ritchie Edhouse over Russia’s Boris Koltsov.
London born Edhouse took out 106 to win the first set before doubling his lead – but had to fend off a late fightback to win 3-1.
Ryan Searle won a tight affair against Australia’s Robbie King, who missed a match dart in a sudden-death leg.
Devon thrower Searle struggled with his finishing – despite landing the tournament’s second 170 – missing 37 darts at doubles during the tie but pinned the crucial tops to win.
Spanish star Cristo Reyes completed a great escape to defeat Lourence Ilagan in an entertaining encounter which also went to a fifth set.
PDC Asian Tour winner Ilagan looked to be on course for victory when he won the first two sets but Reyes stormed back, taking the last five legs of the match to set up a second round meeting with Adrian Lewis.
Ilagan’s Philippines World Cup teammate enjoyed success with a straight sets victory over an out-of-sorts Rowby-John Rodriguez.
Malicdem will face Peter Wright in round two after finishes of 104 and a match-winning 107 saw him win his opener for the second successive year.
The William Hill World Darts Championship continues on Day Six with six first round ties and two second round matches across two sessions, with James Wade and Stephen Bunting featuring.
Day Six will broadcast live on the Sky Sports Darts channel and through NOW TV in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.
Tuesday December 17 Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) 3x First Round, 1x Second Round Ryan Searle 3-2 Robbie King (First Round) Cristo Reyes 3-2 Lourence Ilagan (First Round) Noel Malicdem 3-0 Rowby-John Rodriguez (First Round) Krzysztof Ratajski 3-1 Zoran Lerchbacher (Second Round)
Evening Session (1900 GMT) 3x First Round, 1x Second Round Ritchie Edhouse 3-1 Boris Koltsov (First Round) Damon Heta 3-0 Jose De Sousa (First Round) Fallon Sherrock 3-2 Jose De Sousa (First Round) Jeffrey de Zwaan 3-2 Darin Young (Second Round)
Wednesday December 18 Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) 3x First Round, 1x Second Round Ron Meulenkamp v Ben Robb (First Round) Mickey Mansell v Seigo Asada (First Round) Harry Ward v Madars Razma (First Round) Stephen Bunting v Jose Justicia (Second Round)
Evening Session (1900 GMT) 3x First Round, 1x Second Round James Wilson v Nico Kurz (First Round) Josh Payne v Diogo Portela (First Round) Gabriel Clemens v Benito van de Pas (First Round) James Wade v Ritchie Edhouse (Second Round)
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