Arrows ace Fallon wows at Lakeside

Fallon Sherrock beats Rilana Erades. (Pic Chris Sargeant, tiptoppics.ltd)
Fallon Sherrock beats Rilana Erades. (Pic Chris Sargeant, tiptoppics.ltd)

Teenage sensation Fallon Sherrock faces the one of the biggest challenges in her short darts career on Friday as she takes on World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova.

The 19-year-old from Milton Keynes will take to the oche on Friday in front of thousands at Lakeside, and countless more on television in the quarter finals of the BDO World Darts Championships.

Having only taken up the sport a few years ago, hers is a remarkable success story, from the Bucks Darts leagues to the centre stage of the BDO.

Sixth seed Fallon booked her spot in the quarter finals with an impressive 2-0 victory over Holland’s Rilana Erades, setting her up with a mouth watering tie against Russian Dobromyslova - the three time world champion.

But that won’t faze her, having beaten her opponent several times in the past already.

“I’m going to treat it just like any other game,” she said. “I’ll practice for a few hours every day, just to keep my arm in.

“My aim was to come into the tournament and get through the first round.”

But with thousands of eyes on her, Fallon admitted that playing in front of so many people is something she would love to get used to.

She said: “When I played in the first round, I had the support of the whole room and it was amazing.

“I love playing in front of so many people, and even more on television. It gives me so much confidence.

“It’s brilliant to play at a competition like the World Championships.

“I should be much more nervous than I am really, but I don’t really get nervous any more.”

It was actually twin sister Felicia, a darts talent in her own right, who got Fallon into the sport.

And since then, the pair have gone from success to success.

“We’ve always been a darts family,” said mum Sue.

“Fallon didn’t want to play until she watched her sister play, then she took it on.

“They both went to the England youth squad, and then Fallon went on to the World Cup and won it.

“After that, she decided to take on the full BDO tour.”

And having watched the darts at Lakeside for so many years as a family, Sue said: “It was amazing to see Fallon up there.

“She takes every game as it comes, but she’s only interested in winning it.”

Carol Hodgson, team manager of Bucks Darts, spotted Fallon’s talents at an early stage in her career.

“You knew straight away that Fallon was going to be a great player,” she said. “As soon as she picked up the arrows, she really was excellent.

“She quickly became one of the top players in the Super League, and is one of very few people I’ve ever known to have a 30+ average per dart.

“She will go a long way.”