LISA Ashton enjoyed a superb weekend of darts in South Yorkshire after booking her place in two major finals.

The Bolton darter claimed a place in the William Hill World Darts Championship and also secured a spot in the 2020 Boyle Sports Grand Slam Of Darts.

The four-time BDO women’s champion reached the World Championships – along with Deta Hedman – following the conclusion of the PDC Women’s Series on Sunday.

Ashton won two of the four events, which were held at the Barnsley Metrodome, with Hedman and Fallon Sherrock taking a win apiece.

Ashton and Hedman had shared victories in the first two of four Women’s Series events on Saturday, with Ashton then claiming her second victory of the weekend in Sunday’s Event Three.

Ashton topped the final rankings with £2,450 and continued a memorable weekend by opening Sunday’s action with victory in Event Three, defeating Hedman 6-3 in the final.

She was pushed all the way by Corinne Hammond and Vicky Pruim in the latter stages, and overcame teenage talent Beau Greaves 4-2 in the last 16.

Ashton missed out on a place in the final of Event Four – beaten 5-1 by eventual winner Sherrock in the semi-final.

Despite the victory, Sherrock – who sprung to prominence last year after she became the first female to win a match at the PDC World Championships – missed out on a place at this year's event.

That went to Hedman whose run to the quarter-finals eventually proved just enough as she claimed the second spot up for grabs by virtue of legs won across the four events, with the pair having tied on £2,250 on the Order of Merit.

Australian Hammond finished in fourth place on the Order of Merit with £1,350 prize money with Dutch ace Aileen de Graaf ending the PDC Women’s Series in fifth with £1,000.

That heavy defeat to Sherrock in the final competition of the weekend was the only blot on what had been a superb weekend of darts for Ashton.

The action began on Friday night where she secured a place in the Grand Slam Of Darts by winning the women’s qualifier. Ashton, who made her Grand Slam of Darts debut in 2019, came through a field of 74 players at the Metrodome to book her return to one of the PDC’s biggest televised tournaments.

The Bolton star, the first female PDC Tour Card holder whitewashed Hammond 5-0 in the final, having defeated the experienced Hedman in the semi-finals.

Ashton joins BDO Women’s Champion Mikuru Suzuki in the 32-player field for next month’s event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.