Richardson wins first MAD match with victory over O'Shea to claim European Title | Dartsnews.com

Richardson wins first MAD match with victory over O'Shea to claim European Title

James Richardson has claimed the first victory in Modern Amateur Darts to continue The Dawn launch with the first title belt changing hands in the form of the European title.

Richardson was super impressive with a 93 average in a 9-5 victory over the current World Master and sent a message afterwards to anyone if they want to put a bid in for the title match to 'come and get it'.

At the first break it was Richardson who was looking better off with 'Ruthless' just that at 6-4 up with a 92 average as he looked to capture the European title straight off O'Shea.

The Rushden ace returned and was well ahead with a 56 checkout after a 137 cover shot setting it up to make it 7-5. O'Shea was clinging on in there though as Richardson needed just two more legs at 7-5 down.

A brilliant 180 put Richardson down to 24 as he looked to hold throw and go one away which he pinned first time.

O'Shea couldn't put a strong leg together and despite Richardson not being down to the finish, he smashed in a 136 to leave 40 with O'Shea on 141.

Richardson pinned double seven last dart in hand after initially missing double 20 and double 10 to claim the belt.

MAD (Modern Amateur Darts) - The Dawn Schedule

John O'Shea (84.75) 5-9 (93.00) James Richardson (European title, best of 17 legs)

Jim Williams v Richie Burnett (Welsh title, best of 15 legs)

Ryan Hogarth v Gary Stone (Scottish title, best of 15 legs)

Paul Hogan v Darryl Fitton (English title, best of 15 legs)

Wayne Warren v Scott Mitchell (World title, best of 21 legs)

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