James Richardson produced a sensational nine-darter in the deciding leg to defeat his son Joshua Richardson in the Modus Live League on Monday.
Richardson Snr lived up to his nickname ‘Ruthless’ as he landed a perfect leg in the decider with back-to-back 180s and a 141 checkout to seal the two points.
It is the first nine-darter in the all-new staging of the Modus Live League, following on from Arron Monk and Martin Adams’ perfect legs in last year’s remotely staged Icons of Darts Live League.
It is also the first time a father has hit a nine-dart finish against their son in a televised or streamed match.
Richardson went on to complete a clean sweep of five consecutive victories on the day to top the Group A table.
The 47-year-old opened up with a 4-2 win over history-maker Fallon Sherrock before defeating 2009 UK Open finalist Colin Osborne by the same scoreline.
That was followed by his nine-dart heroics in denying his 23-year-old son Joshua – winner of the 2016 BDO World Youth Championship.
A 4-0 whitewash of Welshman Mike Warburton proved the decisive result in the group as Richardson climbed to the top of the table and cemented his position with a narrow 4-3 win over Les Wallace in his final match.
Wallace, the 1997 World Champion, was making his first competitive appearance in almost a decade but suffered five consecutive defeats on the day with six legs to his name.
It was a Richardson one-two as Joshua secured second spot with three wins from his five fixtures, ahead of Warburton on legs difference.
Sherrock and Osborne picked up two wins apiece respectively, taking four points into the second of three days of Group A action.
The winner of Group A following Wednesday’s fixtures will progress to Saturday’s final group alongside the top two from Group B and Group C.
James Richardson with a nine-darter to beat his own son Joshua! 😨9️⃣
— Live Darts (@livedarts) March 29, 2021
Monday March 29
Week Three – Group A
Mike Warburton 4-1 Les Wallace
Josh Richardson 2-4 Colin Osborne
James Richardson 4-2 Fallon Sherrock
Les Wallace 0-4 Josh Richardson
Fallon Sherrock 3-4 Mike Warburton
Colin Osborne 2-4 James Richardson
Les Wallace 0-4 Fallon Sherrock
Josh Richardson 3-4 James Richardson – *James Richardson hits a nine-darter*
Mike Warburton 4-1 Colin Osborne
Fallon Sherrock 1-4 Josh Richardson
Colin Osborne 4-2 Les Wallace
James Richardson 4-0 Mike Warburton
Colin Osborne 1-4 Fallon Sherrock
Mike Warburton 2-4 Josh Richardson
Les Wallace 3-4 James Richardson