Why Felicia is our top flight Operator

January 25, 2018 Our People

As a busy Sorter Operator, Northfield’s Felicia Blay knows all about hitting targets, but it is as a top ranking darts player that she really scores a bullseye.

What’s more, when she teams up with her twin sister, Fallon Sherrock, one of the sport’s brightest professional players, the pair bring a whole new meaning to double tops.

She’s only 23, but Felicia is already a darts veteran, having taken up the arrows 10 years ago while accompanying her keen playing parents to matches.

In a year she was playing for her home county of Bedfordshire. A year later she was in the premier side. By the age of 17, and alongside Fallon, who had started stepping up to the oche a year previously, she represented England Youth in the WDF Europe Cup and the pair clinched the pairs title. They’ve gone on to win the National Gold Cup and the National Europe Cup Pairs, making history as the first twins to do so.

Most recently, and for the second year running, they triumphed in the Ladies Pairs in the Norfolk Family Darts Festival. Singly, Felicia reached the semi-finals in last October’s Turkish Open and is currently ranked 27th in the world. She says that she would probably be higher, only she had to miss a few events. Her sights are firmly fixed on improving that ranking, with two or three practice sessions a week and entire weekends taken up with darts, plus a busy competition schedule.

Her longtime aim is to follow Fallon onto the professional circuit, as well as joining her in January’s televised Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship. Although she took up darts several years after Felicia, Fallon has gone on to achieve more solo victories. There is some friendly rivalry, but Felicia enjoys watching her sister win.

“I’m comfortable competing on my own, but I like teaming up with Fallon too,” she adds. “We feel very relaxed and don’t feel pressurised.” That ability to handle pressure also serves her well at iPSL. “We have so much to be done by a certain time and there is always pressure, but it doesn’t faze me at all.”