By Phil Lanning
FALLON SHERROCK vowed ‘I’ll be back’ after another epic clash at the Ally Pally.
The Queen of the Palace could not repeat her World Championship exploits of two years ago, crashing out to Steve Beaton 3-2 on Sunday night.
In the end The Bronzed Adonis just had too much strength in depth and silenced the baying crowd desperate to see another glass ceiling smashed.
That thrilling defeat leaves the PDC and Sky Sports bosses with a major dilemma having been keen to include her in next year’s Premier League.
But Sherrock, 27, promised to return for the 2023 worlds, saying: “I’ll be back next year, 100 per cent.
“If I had thrown my darts steadier, it might have been a different result. But I’ll take pride from this. Sometimes I don’t make it but I’ll never give up and will always fight.
“People are talking about me and giving me all this hype, and I’m really proud of that. Any opportunity that comes my way I’ll never turn it down.
“I believe 100 per cent on my day and on my game I can live with these people in the PDC.
“If I get more opportunities and chances I can prove myself. I want to play them.
“My game is stronger than it was two years ago. Just because I bombed out of this tournament early doesn’t mean I can’t come back next year or fail to progress in other tournaments.
“I believe given the opportunity and if I can qualify I’ll eventually get to those highs.
“That’s something that what I want to achieve and I won’t stop until I get there.”
There was a real buzz in the air all night in anticipation of the Pink Princess returning after a two-year absence.
Fallon had asked for the crowd to respect Beaton and not boo her legendary rival.
But instead the fans jeered the hugly-popular ex-Lakeside champ as he walked on to his famous Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive theme.
However, Beaton’s experience proved invaluable and the 57-year-old now plays Belgian seed Kim Huybrechts, 36, on Wednesday evening.
He admitted: “I’m exhausted. That was one of the hardest games I’ve ever had to deal with. Fair play, she didn’t let me go at all.
“These are the games you want to play in. I didn’t want to lose.”
Images by Taylor Lanning.