Joshua all set for his big day on darts stage

Rushden's Joshua Richardson is bidding to become the BDO World Youth champion tomorrow
Rushden's Joshua Richardson is bidding to become the BDO World Youth champion tomorrow

Rushden’s Joshua Richardson admits he is feeling nervous about his big day on the world darts stage.

The 17-year-old faces Jordan Boyce in the final of the BDO Lakeside World Youth Championship tomorrow (Thursday), a match that will be screened live on BBC television from 1pm.

Richardson, the son of former PDC Pro Tour player James, earned his place in the final after coming through a field of 106 players in the play-off qualifying stages in Hull in October.

Last year the youngster who finished in the top 32 of the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour rankings, won the JDC Youth Tour finals as well as scooping numerous other titles.

But the biggest match of his career is now upon him.

“I am still feeling a bit nervous about it, it’s going to be my first time on television,” he said.

“But I have won quite a few tournaments and it has been my best year so far.

“I don’t really know much about Jordan and I have never seen him play so it may be the case that I have to change my game.”

Richardson’s final appearance comes on the same day that his dad celebrates his 42nd birthday and both will then go on to try to earn a place on the PDC Pro Tour for next year at Q School, which is taking place in Wigan next week.

The competition, which will see 16 players earn automatic Tour Cards for 2016 while others will be awarded based on finishing positions in the final Q School Order of Merit.

The three-day event finishes on January 16, the day Richardson turns 18.

He added: “I am looking forward to Q School. The competition finishes on my birthday so I will be doing all I can to qualify.

“But if I don’t then I will go on the (PDC Unicorn) Challenge Tour and the Youth Tour again.”