Day two of the PDC Women’s Series saw Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman qualify for the World Darts Championship.
Ashton topped the Order of Merit, securing her second event title of the tournament by beating Hedman in the event three final. Both made the showpiece event at Alexandra Palace during the final event of the day.
Last year’s superstar Fallon Sherrock did not qualify. Despite winning event four, and being level on money with Hedman, The Dark Destroyer won more legs than Sherrock overall on the weekend. This meant Hedman will make her debut at the PDC World Championships in December. It will be the second appearance in three years for the Lancashire Rose.
Another solid start for Ashton
After securing the Grand Slam spot on Friday, and winning the first event on Saturday, things looked promising for Ashton to secure a World Championship berth in Barnsley.
The day started well for the Lancashire Rose, beating Anca Ziljstra in the second round and winning her board against Margaret Sutton. That set up a blockbuster last 16 tie against the youngster Beau Greaves, which Ashton won 4-2.
Her biggest challenge of the third event came against Vicky Pruim. She was 3-0 down and on the brink of defeat, but stormed back to win four legs in 63 darts to win 4-3 and move onto the semi finals. There, she fought hard to win 5-4 against Corinne Hammond.
That set up a final with overnight leader Hedman, who had beaten Fallon Sherrock in the quarter finals to get there. The Dark Destroyer knew she would be at Ally Pally with a win, and took an early 2-1 lead. Then, Ashton reeled off three straight legs to take control at 4-2. Despite Hedman holding throw, the four time World Champion would close the game out 6-3, taking the overall Order of Merit lead.
Ashton and Hedman secure qualifying places
That set up an intriguing final event at the Women’s Series, where only Fallon Sherrock could stop either Ashton or Hedman qualifying for the World Championship.
Sherrock and Hedman would be on course to meet in the quarter finals, so the Lancashire Rose knew she had to make the quarter finals to guarantee her spot. She won her board by beating Mandy Solomons, Holly Meadwell and Jo Locke, to set up a last 16 tie against Aileen de Graaf. There, she won 4-2 to seal a second appearance at Alexandra Palace in three years, after playing Jan Dekker in 2018.
For Hedman, it was a much more nervous wait. Both her and Sherrock set up another blockbuster quarter final meeting, this time the Queen of the Palace got revenge for defeat earlier in the day, winning 4-2. The Dark Destroyer thought she would have to wait and see if Sherrock won the event, as they would be tied on ranking money and a play-off might have to happen.
However, the rules of the event showed that places would be decided on legs won and then leg difference. This showed clear advantages for Hedman, meaning that she had done enough to qualify for her first ever PDC World Darts Championship.
It means that despite winning event four, and defeating both Hedman and then Ashton in the semi final to do so, Fallon Sherrock will not be at the Worlds this year. She won event four with a 6-2 victory over Corrine Hammond, but will rue missed darts at double across the weekend that would have sealed her spot back at Alexandra Palace.
Day Two Results
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Deta Hedman
Deta Hedman 5-0 Tracy North
Lisa Ashton 5-4 Corrine Hammond
Deta Hedman 4-3 Fallon Sherrock
Tracy North 4-2 Aileen de Graaf
Corrine Hammond 4-1 Jo Clements
Lisa Ashton 4-3 Vicky Pruim
Fallon Sherrock 4-0 Casey Gallagher
Deta Hedman 4-0 Donna Gleed
Tracy North 4-0 Robyn Byrne
Aileen de Graaf 4-1 Katie Sheldon
Jo Clements 4-3 Felicia Blay
Corrine Hammond 4-0 Louise Pearson
Vicky Pruim 4-2 Maria O’Brien
Lisa Ashton 4-2 Beau Greaves
Fallon Sherrock 6-2 Corrine Hammond
Fallon Sherrock 5-1 Lisa Ashton
Corrine Hammond 5-1 Laura Turner
Fallon Sherrock 4-2 Deta Hedman
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Eleanor Cairns
Corrine Hammond 4-2 Lorraine Winstanley
Laura Turner 4-1 Maria O’Brien
Fallon Sherrock 4-1 Natalie Gilbert
Deta Hedman 4-2 Rhian O’Sullivan
Lisa Ashton 4-2 Aileen de Graaf
Eleanor Cairns 4-1 Evonne Taylor
Corinne Hammond 4-0 Felicia Blay
Lorraine Winstanley 4-0 Margaret Sutton
Laura Turner 4-3 Tracey Davies
Maria O’Brien 4-1 Tracy North