Fallon Sherrock was my toughest game ever, says Glen Durrant

Glen Durrant labelled his Premier League clash with Fallon Sherrock as the toughest game of his career after he fought back to claim a draw 6-6 in Nottingham.

Sherrock was making her debut in the competition as a Challenger and came close to beating the three-time BDO world champion, taking a 6-4 lead, but Duzza won the final two legs to pinch a point.

It was the first time a woman had played in the Premier League and very nearly the first time a Challenger picked up a win in the event, but a nerveless 70 checkout from Durrant in the final leg, with Fallon on 48, meant he avoided being on the wrong end of history.

The Nottingham crowd were firmly behind Sherrock, but Duzza had absolutely no complaints and was full of praise for the 25-year-old.

‘I thought the crowd were fantastic, they didn’t put me off up there,’ Durrant told Sky Sports.

‘It was just a real big challenge, all credit goes to Fallon there she’s just had the most amazing couple of months.

‘That just cemented that, to play in the Premier League, that was the toughest game I’ve ever had.’

‘It’s a bad point at the moment, I thought it was a mega opportunity to get two wins out of two, but at 6-4 down I would have snapped your hand off for six-each,’ Duzza continued in the post-match press conference.

‘I only thought about losing to a Challenger at 6-4, but the 70 finish there, I’ve got balls of steel.

‘I had a feeling that 70 was going to go in, but at 6-4, it was a really lonely moment, I thought I was a beaten man at that point.’

Fallon’s finishing was superb, as it had been on her history-making run to the third round of the World Championship in December, as she pinned 50% of her doubles.

The occasion did seem to get to Durrant, who averaged five points more than Sherrock, but was checking out at just 26%, missing 17 darts at double.

Sherrock was thrilled to come away with the draw, despite coming close to making even more history by grabbing a victory.

‘I think he must have been a little bit nervous because I’ve never seen Glen miss that many doubles,’ said the Queen of Alexandra Palace.

‘It was a good point for me because my aim of the game was to try and not lose. The first woman to play in it, getting a point, I’m so chuffed.

‘I felt like I did alright and put in a good performance.

‘I’m not disappointed, I got six legs, didn’t lose so I’m really happy with that.’

Sherrock now has the UK Open next month and the World Series later in the year to look forward to as her army of fans continues to grow.

She enjoyed raucous support in Nottingham, as she did at the World Championship in London, and she is loving every moment of her astonishing run on the oche.

‘It’s amazing, I’m so happy that I get to play again on the big stage in front of all these amazing people, it’s been incredible,’ she told Sky Sports.

‘It makes me feel speechless because everyone’s come, it’s amazing, I just thank everyone that’s here supporting, I’m so grateful.

‘I’m not quite sure but I’m getting opportunities opening up all the time so I’m really excited to see what 2020 holds for me.

‘I can’t wait, I’m just loving this at the moment.’

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