BDO World Darts: Lisa Ashton impressed with Lakeside standard

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport at Lakeside Country Club
Lisa Ashton
Lisa Ashton dropped just two sets on her way to the title

Lisa Ashton believes women's darts is in good health after winning her second BDO world title at Lakeside.

Ashton defeated 20-year-old Fallon Sherrock in Saturday's final, which was televised live on BBC Two.

"The standard is going up and up every year and I'm pleased to show we can play darts like that," said the 44-year-old from Bolton, who dropped only two sets on her way to the title.

"The more coverage we can get, the better we are."

The British Darts Organisation introduced a World Championship for females in 2001, but only four players competed in that inaugural tournament.

Since then, the draw has been expanded twice and 16 women now compete in the annual event at Frimley Green, which runs concurrently with the men's competition.

Ashton beat top seed Deta Hedman in round one and whitewashed nine-time champion Trina Gulliver in her quarter-final, before a routine win over Sharon Prins of the Netherlands confirmed Ashton's place in the final for a third consecutive year.

Sherrock, the youngest player ever to reach a BDO world final, provided a stern test for Ashton but she managed to retain her title with a 3-1 win.

"I've been over the moon with my form in this tournament," Ashton told BBC Sport.

"I know I can score and my finishes have been going with it. I've pleased they've both come together."