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New blow for BDO event as Sherrock withdraws

 

Missing: Fallon Sherrock won’t play in the BDO’s tournament
Missing: Fallon Sherrock won’t play in the BDO’s tournament

By Jim Van Wijk

Fallon Sherrock will not take part in the upcoming BDO Women's World Championship, her management company announced last night.

The 25-year-old made history at the PDC World Championship, becoming the first woman to beat a man in the tournament as she reached the third round.

However, Sherrock's representatives, Modus Sports Management, issued a statement confirming she would not compete in the BDO event, which is set to start on Saturday at Indigo at The O2.

The announcement comes as a blow to the BDO, which had previously confirmed in a letter to players that prize money is set to be reduced following a drop in predicted income as the showpiece event moves away from the Lakeside in Surrey for the first time since 1986.

"This decision (not to play) took many factors into consideration, including unexpected changes to the event made yesterday," a statement from Modus Sports Management read.

"Fallon offers best wishes to the BDO and best of luck to those taking part. In the meantime, Fallon is looking forward to doing her best in the other tournaments in 2020."

Sherrock referred to the statement in her own brief Twitter post, adding: "I hope (it) answers the questions people have asked me over the past 24 hours."

The 25-year-old became the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship on December 17 when beating Ted Evetts, and she followed it up with a shock victory over World No.11 Mensur Suljovic, cheered on by a raucous crowd.

Her run at Alexandra Palace, though, came to an end following a 4-2 defeat to 22nd seed Chris Dobey.

Meanwhile, Gerwyn Price has apologised for his conduct during defeat to Peter Wright in their PDC World Championship semi-final.

Scottish veteran Wright, 49, saw off Price 6-3 in what proved to be an ill-tempered clash at Alexandra Palace on Monday night, and will face defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the final today.

Wright was unimpressed with what he saw as over-exuberant celebrations from Price, and the pair did not shake hands at the end of the match.

There had been some comments from Price ahead of the semi-final which added extra needle to the contest when they faced off at the oche, with Wright tapping the Welshman on the arm and exchanging words when he took the opening set.

Afterwards, Wright had been left less than impressed by the third seed, while 'The Iceman' took to Twitter during the early hours yesterday morning to say it was his rival who had been "out of order".

However, following some time for reflection, former rugby player Price posted a fresh statement on social media hoping to put the incident behind him.

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