Hedman and Ashton secure World Darts Championship spots as Sherrock falls short
Deta Hedman secured a World Darts Championship debut on Sunday evening while Lisa Ashton sealed her return to the Alexandra Palace in London.
Both Hedman and Ashton, who have been pioneers of the women’s game for countless years, will be the female representatives at the sport’s showpiece tournament during the festive period.
Ashton comfortably topped the Order of Merit at the inaugural PDC Women’s Series, winning two titles from the four tournaments and trousering £2,450 across the weekend.
‘The Lancashire Rose’ will now make two televised appearances in the coming months, after sealing her Grand Slam of Darts spot on Friday evening in Barnsley.
Meanwhile, 60-year-old Hedman pipped global sensation Fallon Sherrock to the second spot on offer due to her marginally superior legs won across the weekend.
Hedman overcame Dutchwomen Aileen de Graaf to claim the Event Two title on Saturday afternoon, before doing enough to book her place at Alexandra Palace a mere 24 hours later.
Jamaica-born Hedman has been one of the spearheading figures within women’s darts for approaching three decades, and famously became the first female thrower to defeat a man on television 15 years ago.
It will be Hedman’s maiden appearance at the PDC World Championship, whereas Ashton competed two years ago, exiting in the first round at the hands of Jan Dekker.
Despite triumphing at Event Four and reaching an additional final, Sherrock fell short of an Alexandra Palace return due to Hedman edging through on a total of 85 legs to her 83 for second place.
The pair were closely-matched throughout the weekend, and were level on both earnings and matches won at the conclusion of a drama-filled double-header on Sunday.
Sherrock was expected to finish within the top two after becoming the first woman to surpass the first round at the World Championship last December.
PDC WOMEN’S SERIES
Final Women’s Series Order of Merit
1 Lisa Ashton £2,450
2 Deta Hedman £2,250 (Legs won: 85)
3 Fallon Sherrock £2,250 (Legs won: 83)
4 Corrine Hammond £1,350
5 Aileen de Graaf £1,000
6 Lorraine Winstanley £800
7 Vicky Pruim £650
8 Felicia Blay £550
9 Jo Locke £550
10 Tracy North £550
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