A sub-par Lisa Ashton battled into the semi-finals at the Lakeside. Three-time world champion Ashton averaged just 73 and had a doubles success rate of 29 per cent. But that was enough to defeat Fallon Sherrock 2-0.

The Lancashire Rose needed just one break of throw to round off the first set. Ashton visited the madhouse in the fourth leg, but struck double one to go 1-0 up. Sherrock was hamstrung by her 18 per cent success rate on the doubles, and Ashton took advantage.

The second set was a much closer affair. Ashton twice hit the wrong double trying to seal the win in the fifth set. But Sherrock could not take her chance, missing double ten for a 78 checkout. The Lancashire Rose finally rounded off victory against the woman she beat in the 2015 final.

The defending champion has not dropped a single set since 2016. She will take on Deta Hedman in a massive semi-final next.

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Author: Edward McCosh