BOLTON darts ace Lisa Ashton enjoyed her best performance as a fully-fledged member of the PDC Tour yesterday.

The Lancashire Rose reached the last 16 of a ProTour event for the first time on day three of the PDC Autumn Series in Niedernhausen, Germany.

The 50-year-old, the first woman to win a PDC tour card back in January, enjoyed an excellent run before losing 6-3 to Welshman Nick Kenny.

Kenny, who also won his card at the start of the year, was eliminated by eventual winner Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals.

Ashton opened the day with a 6-3 win over Jamie Hughes in round one, then beating Alan Tabern 6-2 before edging out Croatian Boris Krcmar 6-5.

Kenny proved too good though as he reached his first PDC semi-final in the 16th Players Championship event of the year before coming up against Van Gerwen.

Having suffered a difficult end to his Unibet Premier League campaign as he missed out on the play-offs for the first time, the Dutchman was back to his dominant best, dropping just 13 legs all day.

The world number one began the day with a 6-4 victory against former World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton, before recording his first of four 100-plus averages in a 6-2 defeat of Reece Robinson.

Whitewash wins against fellow Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode and his day two conqueror Damon Heta were sandwiched either side of a 6-2 victory over Glen Durrant, his first against the Premier League table-topper.

A 7-4 triumph over Kenny saw him progress to the final where he blew away Mensur Suljovic 8-1 to pocket the £10,000 prize.

“You have to play your A-game to win tournaments like this,” said Van Gerwen.

“I had some tough games today. I played Damon Heta again after he beat me yesterday.

“Apart from yesterday, the last few days I have felt a lot more comfortable than I did before.

“Of course it was nice to beat Glen Durrant for first time.

“He’s a phenomenal player but I should have beaten him last time.

“There’s always pressure on my back.

“I didn’t perform how I can in the Premier League but that’s how darts goes sometimes.

“I’m human but I will come back stronger, everyone knows that and I believe in my own ability.”

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