Ashton falls agonisingly short at World Champs

Lisa Ashton’s defeat leaves Deta Hedman as only women left in tournament; she plays Andy Boulton on Saturday – coverage continues on Sky Sports Darts from 6pm on Thursday with two more sessions featuring Daryl Gurney and Jose De Sousa

Last Updated: 16/12/20 9:49pm

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Adam Hunt took out 120 to beat Lisa Ashton in the first round of the World Championship, taking advantage of Ashton missing darts to win the leg and take it to a decider.
Adam Hunt took out 120 to beat Lisa Ashton in the first round of the World Championship, taking advantage of Ashton missing darts to win the leg and take it to a decider.

Lisa Ashton’s second PDC World Championship appearance in three years ended in an agonising 3-2 first-round defeat at the hands of Adam Hunt.

Some 12 months on from Fallon Sherrock’s history-making exploits at last year’s tournament, Ashton was hoping to make more headlines having become the first woman to win a PDC Tour Card via Q-School when she battled through amongst more than 500 other hopefuls.

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A brilliant finish on the bullseye had given Ashton the first set
A brilliant finish on the bullseye had given Ashton the first set

The Lancashire Rose, a four-time women’s world champion, matched Hunt but faltered in the decisive set with mistakes at crucial moments.

Wednesday Evening’s results

Round One Max Hopp 3-0 Gordon Mathers
Round One Callan Rydz 3-1 James Bailey
Round One Adam Hunt 3-2 Lisa Ashton
Round Two Glen Durrant vs Diogo Portela

Hunt was coolness personified as he took out 120 to win the match after Ashton had missed three darts to force the fifth set into a deciding leg.

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Two years ago, Ashton had been beaten 3-1 by Jan Dekker in the first round, but a year on the circuit having won her Tour Card in January had sharpened the focus. She was chasing a first televised win over a male opponent – having racked up 20 of them during the regular darts season.

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Ashton’s finishing had been strong until she needed it most in the deciding set
Ashton’s finishing had been strong until she needed it most in the deciding set

However, it wasn’t to be as Hunt moved into a second-round meeting with Jamie Hughes, and Ashton was left to reflect on what might have been.

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Adam Hunt says both he and Lisa Ashton played well in their first round clash at the World Championship with The Hunter coming out on top.
Adam Hunt says both he and Lisa Ashton played well in their first round clash at the World Championship with The Hunter coming out on top.

Thursday’s Order of Play

Afternoon Madars Razma v Toru Suzuki (R1)
Mike De Decker v Edward Foulkes (R1)
Ryan Murray v Lourence Ilagan (R1)
Daryl Gurney v O’Connor/Zonneveld (R2)
Evening Luke Woodhouse v Jamie Lewis (R1)
Ron Meulenkamp v Boris Krcmar (R1)
Ryan Searle v Danny Lauby (R1)
Jose de Sousa v R Smith/D Evans (R2)

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