Richardson retains MAD European title after win over Thornton
The structure of MAD has a different structure than what is usual in darts. It has the form of a pyramid, which is completed at regional, national, and continental level. Players who are in the continental position can challenge players for a spot at the top of the pyramid. Players who defend their position at the top can make good money doing so.
Richardson has been the holder of the European belt since December, after defeating John O'Shea 9-5 in the first match for the vacant title. So on Friday, the second title match was held. Thornton had put down the minimum bid of 1,500 pounds for it.
Thornton grabbed a break midway through the match thanks to finishes of 64 and 72 for a 6-3 lead. Richardson, however, managed to come back to 6-6 thanks to two double 10s and a 61 check-out. He then took the lead by hitting double 10 again. Thornton missed three chances for 7-7, after which Richardson extended the lead to 8-6. In the end it was 9-7 for the defending champion.
In addition to the European title fight, the Scottish Bravehearts title was also at stake. Darren Beveridge retained his by defeating Darren Armstrong 8-7.