After his memorable victory over Raymond van Barneveld at Alexandra Palace , James Richardson was lost for words.
The Englishman – who is a bricklayer by trade – hammered the Dutchman 3-0 in front of an excitable crowd to cause one of the biggest upsets in World Championship Darts history with Ladbrokes bookmaker free bets and an exclusive live stream of the action for all their customers.
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Van Barneveld started as many expected, winning the first two legs, but he was consistently under par after this and Richardson made him pay.
Speaking after the incredible victory, he said: “Speechless, just speechless. I don’t know what to say. I believed. It’s an absolute dream. The people behind me have given me so much confidence.”
Richardson then admitted he was looking forward to celebrating his famous win, before revealing that he would delay his return to work until after the New Year having originally planning to go back to the day job on Tuesday.
His reward for beating the five-time World Champion is a match against Belgian Kim Huybrechts who surprised a few people with his first round victory over Brendan Dolan.
Overall, it has taken no time at all for this tournament to have an explosive evening and many will be expected more of the same this week.
The action continues on Monday evening of course, with Andy Hamilton taking on Antonio Alcinas before Mervyn King goes up against Geoff Kime and Kevin Painter goes head to head with Arron Monk.
Then across the rest of the week’s matches, the likes of Gary Anderson, John Part and Simon Whitlock are all in first round action, hoping to make it comfortably through from their opening encounter of the tournament.
One man who did just that was reigning Champion Adrian Lewis. He defeated Nigel Heydon on Thursday evening, while Phil Taylor hammered Haruki Muramatsu 3-0 on Friday evening.
The defeat of van Barneveld will act as a warning sign to all favourites though and it should be a fantastic week of darts ahead.