BDO Youth Festival of Darts Saturday Winners & Qualifiers
JOSHUA RICHARDSON (under 18 winner) 4-2 with a 28.91 ave.
Joshua aged 17 has already been playing darts for 9 years, and was inspired to take up the sport by his family who all play including his dad James who has played both BDO & PDC.
Joshua has previously played Youth county for Leicestershire and senior county for Northhamptonshire but has given this up in preference to the competition circuit. His ambition is to become World Champ and has already hit 3 9 darters in Practice and has had several 170 checkouts in the local Rushden league, but states his sweetest victory to be beating his dad in the Semi-final of the Lincolnshire Open.
World champion Lisa Ashton was crowned the 2015 Cheshire Open ladies singles champion on Saturday after defeating Anastasia Dobromyslova 5-3 in the final.
Ashton managed to go one better than last year, when she was beaten by Deta Hedman in the 2014 final, on Saturday at the Rudheath Social Club as she claimed the £300 winners prize and the Cheshire Open crown.
The two-time, and current, world champion faced the three-time world champion Dobromyslova, competing in her home county, in what was a high quality final.
MARVELLOUS Michael van Gerwen claimed his first BetVictor World Matchplay title with a brilliant 18-12 win over James Wade in Sunday's final at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.
The Dutch star, 26, erased the memories of last year's tears in defeat to Phil Taylor with a magical display to defeat Wade, the 2007 World Matchplay winner who was seeking his second Blackpool title.
Wade had ended Taylor's seven-year reign as World Matchplay champion in Saturday's semi-finals, but was unable to repeat the performance against the world number one as van Gerwen scooped the £100,000 first prize.
PHIL TAYLOR'S seven-year reign as the BetVictor World Matchplay champion was sensationally ended by James Wade with a stunning 17-14 semi-final victory at Blackpool's Winter Gardens on Saturday night, as Michael van Gerwen overcame Peter Wright to join him in the final.
Taylor had been undefeated since 2007 in the prestigious World Matchplay and was bidding to win the title for an eighth successive year and a 16th time in total after battling through to the last four.
However, Wade - who went on to win the title in 2007 after Terry Jenkins had knocked out Taylor - held his nerve to claim a memorable triumph as he put himself into the final in Blackpool for a sixth time.