Fallon Sherrock quest for a darts tour card takes blow as she loses at Q-School

Fallon Sherrock suffered an early blow in her quest to win a PDC tour card for the first time after losing in the opening round on day one of Q School.

Sherrock, who also bowed out in the first round of the PDC World Darts Championship last month, failed to get past fellow former Ally Pally participant Jason Hogg on Sunday.

Hogg prevailed 5-4, but only after a tense final leg.

With Sherrock sitting on 41 after nine darts, the Scotsman took full advantage of having the throw to close out victory with a 67 finish.

The Queen of the Palace wasn't the only high-profile name to go home empty handed on the opening day, with former PDC world champion John Part and 16-year-old Leighton Bennett also tasting defeat.

Sherrock's early exit on day one not only leaves her facing an uphill battle to win a tour card but also provides ammunition for those who believe she should not be given a place in the Premier League.

Despite not holding a tour card or winning PDC event, there has been plenty of talk about whether the 27-year-old from Milton Keynes should receive a wildcard entry.

PDC Chairman Eddie Hearn is one person who believes she has to be considered for a spot.

He told Sky Sports: "When she broke through at the Worlds in 2019 you wondered whether it would be a one-off, but she's proved it's not. For me, with a commercial hat on, she has to be considered for the Premier League.

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"Fans will want her in, broadcasters will want her in, but there is a real feeling from the PDC board that the Premier League is an event that rewards players for performances and consistency over the period and we're starting to now see that consistency from Fallon Sherrock.

Fellow professional Kim Huybrechts beat Sherrock's world championship conqueror Steve Beaton in the next round at Ally Pally and firmly disagrees.

He said: "Does she deserve it? I don't think so. Because there are a whole lot of players that have done a lot of better tournaments and they never got Premier League. Box office wise and tickets wise? 100% but for the players no."

There has also been talk in the past of Sherrock receiving a tour card for her performances in the Women's Series – something former world champ Beaton is against.

"You have to earn a tour card – that’s why we’ve got Qualifying School," Beaton stated. "Fair play to Lisa [Ashton], she got her tour card after doing everything right and you can’t knock anybody for doing that. That’s the system and how it should be really.

"You can’t just give people tour cards unless they’ve earned it. Through my life I’ve always thought I have to earn things, I’ve never been given anything, so I think everybody should have to earn everything."

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