Fallon Sherrock will aim to make history again in many ways tonight when she takes on Glen Durrant in the Premier League in Nottingham where she will make her debut in the tournament.

Pressure is of course there for the Queen of the Palace to produce on the stage as she becomes the first female to play in the Premier League.

Wayne Mardle thinks that it is something that could get to Sherrock tonight against the three time Lakeside champion.

For ‘Hawaii 501’, he believes that she will compete but that the world class step up may prove to be too much and that her chance may come only if he starts to miss doubles.

Despite that though, Mardle was honest that he didn’t think she’d win at the World Championship and she did so in that vein, anything could happen.

“The most probable outcome is that Fallon wins probably two or three legs max. Durrant is a bona fide world-class player, and yes, Fallon is as well, but she’s going to have to play some of the best darts she’s ever played in her life and there is pressure on her. There really is pressure on her. She’s done brilliantly to qualify for the UK Open. She hasn’t played many competitive games so she is going to have to step up a gear,” said Mardle to Sky Sports.

“I got it wrong at the worlds. I didn’t think she would cope with the expectation against Ted Evetts and I didn’t think she would cope with even more expectation against Mensur Suljovic, but she is doing it time and time again.

I’ve been doing exhibitions with her in Holland and Germany and she has acquitted herself really well. I think she will play decently, but decent doesn’t beat Duzza. You’ve got to be special. If she can stay with him then she has got to rely on him missing doubles. Duzza is a way better player, therefore I think he wins.”

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Author: Samuel Gill