Rushden’s Joshua earns his place in Lakeside world youth final

Rushden's Joshua Richardson will compete for the BDO Lakeside World Youth title in January

Rushden's Joshua Richardson will compete for the BDO Lakeside World Youth title in January

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Rushden’s Joshua Richardson will have the chance to become the BDO Lakeside World Youth champion at the start of next year after he came through the play-off qualifying stages in Hull yesterday (Wednesday).

The 17-year-old came through no fewer than eight matches in total and a field of 106 players to earn his place in the final, which will be held at Lakeside at the start of 2016.

In the last 16, Richardson – the son of former PDC professional James – saw off Northern Ireland’s Nathan Rafferty before beating Holland’s Mike Van Duivenbode 3-1 in the quarter-finals.

That set up a semi-final meeting with another Dutch player, Justin Van Tergouw, and Richardson was victorious – again by a 3-1 scoreline.

It all means the Rushden youngster will take on Ireland’s Jordan Boyce in the final, which forms part of the annual BDO World Championships.

The youth showpiece will be on January 7, which is also dad James’ birthday and will also be televised.

James, meanwhile, just missed out on a place in the BDO World Championships as he also took part in qualifiers in Hull.

With four places for Lakeside up for grabs, James reached was part of the last eight but suffered a 2-0 loss to Vladmir Anderson.