James Richardson says his run to the quarter-finals of the German Masters proves he’s the number one darts player – in his house!
The Rushden bricklayer claimed upset wins over Andrew Gilding, Terry Jenkins and two-time world champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis on the way to the last eight in Munich where he was beaten by Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright.
Richardson reckons he’s throwing better now than when he toppled legend Ray van Barneveld in the first round of the PDC world championship in 2012 – and says it’s all down to his teenage son Josh.
Richardson junior captured the BDO World Youth championship in January and his father said: “Josh has really spurred me on.
“Ever since he won the world title, he thinks he’s the number one in the house and I’m trying to prove it’s me!
“We really push each other in practice. It’s good for both of us.
“I’m throwing better than when I reached the world championships and played ‘Barney’.
“My scoring is better and I don’t fear anyone. I’m just going up there and playing the board.
“I played well right from the start in Germany. My first throw in the tournament was 135 and I kept hitting the red bit (treble 20) with my first dart.
“It’s definitely the best I’ve played on stage for a while.”
Against Wright in the quarter-finals, Richardson threw a flurry of 180s in the opening legs and averaged a sky-high 110 for a spell.
But he couldn’t shake off ‘Snakebite’ and bowed out 6-2.
“I threw everything at Peter,” said Richardson. “But he’s a very good player who knows how to win games.
“I played really well and now I have to kick on.”
His run to the last four in Munich has lifted Richardson up to 86th in the PDC’s Order of Merit and boosts his chances of qualifying for major tournaments, including the World Matchplay and world championship.
Richardson returns to the oche in Barnsley next weekend for the latest round of Pro-Tour events.