I must admit it came as a major shock to me to discover Fallon Sherrock isn’t in the field for this year’s PDC event at the Ally Pally. Initially, my line of that was that was done to the demise of the British Darts Organisation (BDO) when in fact it was down to the player herself not attaining a tour card.
To represent the ladies, though, there was their flag bearer of even greater seniority Lisa Ashton. She got off to a great start, but, even to a player of her experience, profligacy with gilt edged chances isn’t sustainable at the highest level. Thus the hitherto unknown – to this writer at least – Adam Hunt – deservedly advanced.
For the rest of Day 2’s evening session, though, form held sway over fairytales. Firstly, Germany’s Max Hopp beat Gordon Mathers of Australia, Callan Rydz continued his ascent up the rankings by dispatching James Bailey also from Down Under and finally Glen Durrant also kept up his remarkable level of performance since transferring from the BDO when whitewashing Diogo Portella of Brazil who won so many admirers last night.