Rushden’s Joshua Richardson has been crowned the BDO World Youth champion.
The 17-year-old beat Ireland’s Jordan Boyce 3-2 in the best-of-five set contest as both players made their television debuts on the Lakeside stage.
In a topsy-turvy match, Richardson – the son of former PDC professional James, who was celebrating his 42nd birthday – made a superb start by taking the first two legs of the match.
But, having hit his first 180 of the match in the third, he then missed nine darts to take the set.
Sixteen-year-old Boyce took advantage and reeled off three successive legs to win the set.
But Richardson wasted little time in battling back as checkouts of 96 and 68 helped him win the second set.
Boyce made it 2-1 in sets by winning the third but Richardson kept his hopes alive with some heavy scoring as another clean sweep wrapped up the fourth.
The first two legs of the decider were shared but Richardson, who will compete in the PDC Q School next week ahead of his 18th birthday next Saturday, hit his second 180 to go within a leg of the title.
And he wrapped it up in emphatic style with big scores of 127, 121, 121 and 100 to set up double 16 for the crown.
The win, which earned Richardson a cool £5,000, sparked big celebrations amongst his family and friends who travelled to witness the final.
And Richardson said: “I just can’t believe it, my dream has come true.
“Double three let me down quite a bit but I calmed down, the darts were flowing and they went in.
“This has given me a massive confidence boost now.
“My birthday is on Saturday next week, which is the last day of Q School so it could be a big birthday treat for me if I qualify.”