Take a stab at beating Ruthless Richardson

Darts hero James Richardson

Darts hero James Richardson

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Darts fans have got the chance to take to the stage and play local hero James Richardson at a special event.

It means darts players will have opportunity to go up against Mr Richardson, of Rushden, only a few months after he caused one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history when he beat five-time champion Raymond van Barneveld in the World Darts Championship in December.

For Mr Richardson, nicknamed ‘Ruthless’, the March event will be the first time he will play darts in front of a massive crowd since his Championship exploits.

The event is pencilled in for Kettering General Hospital’s social club, and more than 100 tickets have already been sold.

People can enter a raffle during the night to be in with a chance of playing Mr Richardson, complete with their own music and walk-on girl to accompany them onto the stage.

Organiser Daz Sellars, who also runs Sellars Allsorts in Lower Street, Kettering, said: “To get James to come down and play darts against fans at the event is brilliant. Since the World Championship, his fanbase has increased by about 100 per cent.

“To beat the number eight seeded player in the world is a massive achievement for any darts player.

“It’s done a lot for darts locally, I think.

“It’s shaping up to be a great event, I want everyone who comes to say ‘this is fantastic.’”

Mr Richardson, who was ranked 85th in the world at the tournament, lost to Belgian Kim Huybrechts in the second round of the competition after beating Mr van Barneveld.

His manager, Aide Mason, said: “From James’ point of view it’ll be the first time he will get out among a big crowd since the championship.

“He is really looking forward to it and can’t wait to have a great night of laughs, darts, and beer.”

The event will start at 7pm on Saturday, March 17.

Tickets are priced at £5 and are available from Mr Sellers on 07842 219137.

Mr Richardson will also appear at a charity darts night from 8.30pm on Saturday, February 4, at the Islip Working Men’s Club in High Street.

Tickets are £3 from 07724 248105 or 079511 30823.