Champions League of Darts 2017 Photos

Check out photos from the 2017 Unibet Champions League of Darts held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales last weekend. Mensur Suljovic won his maiden televised title in the PDC with an 11-9 victory over Gary Anderson in the final on Sunday. Photos are courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC.

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NEW ISSUE! Peter Wright exclusive interview, Wayne Jones on winning the Challenge Tour and much, much more!

We’re back! After a hiatus over the summer, the Love The Darts magazine is back, and we’re once again weekly! Here’s what’s inside this week’s relaunch issue:

– Peter Wright chats to us in an exclusive interview from this week’s Weekly Dartscast on tinkering with his darts, his number one ambitions and more

– Wayne Jones chats to us fresh after winning the Unicorn Challenge Tour and his tour card back in Wigan this past weekend

– Our statistician Christopher Kempf gives us his Match of the Week as well as the latest Form Rankings

– Lockup Dave returns with his betting tips for this weekend’s Unibet Champions League of Darts

– Richard Edwards is also back with the latest entry in his Darting Diary

Check out the issue for free above and send any feedback to lovethedartsmag@gmail.com

The Weekly Dartscast with Peter Wright, Peter Jacques, Champions League Preview + Mannheim Review

The Weekly Dartscast is back this week with special guests Peter Wright and Peter Jacques. Here’s a rundown of what’s on the show:

Co-hosts Alex Moss and Burton DeWitt recap another sensational title for Michael van Gerwen on the European Tour, plus Rob Cross’ first run to a European Tour final.

The team also discuss Phil Taylor’s decision to skip the World Grand Prix and the final weekend of Challenge Tour action, before switching to the BDO to discuss who is the class of the BDO in both the men’s and ladies’ game.

The team are joined by two guests. First, Peter Jacques drops in to talk about his progression on the Challenge Tour and his goals to win a tour card.

Then, world number three and UK Open champion Peter Wright talks about his sensational 2017 form and his hopes to establish himself at the top of the game for a long time to come.

Subscribe to the Weekly Dartscast on iTunes here. Listen to the show via Libsyn here.

Perth Darts Masters 2017 Photos

Check out photos from the 2017 TABtouch Perth Darts Masters held at the HBF Stadium in Perth, Australia last weekend. Gary Anderson captured his fifth World Series title, and first in Australia, after beating Raymond van Barneveld 11-7 in the final on Sunday. Photos are courtesy of Emma Morley and Craig Stevens DPA/PDC.

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2017 Red Dragon Champion of Champions Updates

Follow live updates from the finals of the 2017 Red Dragon Champion of Champions at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff.

Play starts at 1pm this afternoon with 256 players battling it out for a slice of the £20,000 prize fund for grabs.

PDC tour card holders Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton are among the previous winners of the event, with Clayton back this year to defend the title he won 12 months ago.

Each player has won through a qualifier to reach today’s finals, with each match the best of three legs for the duration of the tournament.

2017 Red Dragon Champion of Champions Finals
Last 256
Adam Smith beat Carl Bruton
Nathan Mallett lost to Craig Venman
Ray Hardwick lost to Shaun Dibbs
Peter Wilcox los to Andrew Perkins
Rhys Palmer 2-1 Josh Jenkins
Andrew Davies lost to James Richards
Chris Manning lost to Aled Goode
Luke Johnson lost to Carl Hamilton
Jon Worsley lost to Steve Smith
Jake Dodgson lost to David Rogers
Andy Aspinall beat Steve Perry
Andrew Poole lost to Michael Taylor
Richard Langlois beat Gavin Sterio
Chris Pearce beat Joe Griffiths
Loz Barnes beat Aaron Bradley
Simon Delaney lost to Ashok Sehdev
Dai Randall beat Kevin Judge
Josh Lewis beat Lee Evans
Chris Austin-Hill lost to Ian Withers
Emyr Jones beat Dennis Smith
Sean Fisher lost to Phil Gooch
Aaron Dyer beat Sarren Burdett
Anthony Freeman beat Jack Fuller
Simon Furness beat Taylor Smoldon
Ian Lovergrove lost to Ben Davies-German
Dave Matthew lost to Ryan Hassell
Mark Lawrence beat Justin Nicholl
James Carroll lost to Sam Guest
John Davey beat John Herlihy
Chris Rees beat Anthony McDonald
Robert Williams lost to Craig Davies
Pat Smith lost to Lloyd Browning
Josh Davies beat Steve Shadwell
Mitch Butler beat Craig Latham
Josh Lloyd beat Simon Hartley
Darren Layden beat Andrew Smith
James Williams beat Luke Hayman
Clive Langford lost to Jordan Thomas
Kevin Thomas beat Alex Hughes
Peter Jacques beat Ian Matthews
Mike Beard beat Paddy Murphy
Mark Blandford beat Dean Cundy
Aaron Stevens lost to Garreg Thomas
Stephen Challenger lost to Andy Hughes
Rob Owen beat Neil Parsonage
Iwan Morgan beat Carl Lewis
Jeff Marshall lost to Trevor Burkhill
Paul Self beat Wayne Hewins
Sean Barnett beat Alan Reynolds
James Hughes beat Peter Watkins
Graham Brooks lost to Graham Usher
Robert Vaughan beat Steven Gillam
Johnny Haines beat Mark Lavers
Tony Bradley beat Rhys Jones
Lee Harris beat Jaimie Boyes
Danny May beat Carl Lloyd
Kevin Jeffreys beat Ben Chance
Brian Dawson lost to Paul Eves
Mark Wilson beat David Lewis
Carl Wilkinson beat Jeff Bass
Ben Farr beat Mike Harries
Bradley Meredith lost to Craig Gilchrist
Terry Temple beat Lee Rodmell
Paul Hogan beat Rob Warman
Gavin Bufton beat Ben Cloake
Mark Salmon beat David Copley
Roy Morris beat Andy McCracken
Barry Hamer beat Richard Hosey
Craig Lewis beat Chris Jones
John Gallagher beat Steve Evans
Justin Smith lost to Jon Clarke
Tom Evans lost to Tom Dimond
Aaron Williams lost to Paul Coray
Martyn Moore beat Nathan Treadgold
Stephen Cake beat Peter Aleman
Jason Williams beat Darren Bennett
Andy White beat Stu Alner
Alex Clyburn beat Shane House
Jason Drage lost to Lee Wreford
Chris Lacy beat Ewan Johnson
Ryan Rawlinson beat David Neads
Tony Lincoln beat Darren Johnson
Ben Bevan beat Paul Green
Ian Williams lost to Leighton Jones
Mike Rees beat Geoff Whybrow
Jason Ettridge lost to Robert Hawker
Marshall James lost to Tim Jones
Scott Bishop lost to Chris Harris
Robert Hughes beat John Murphy
Nathan Perry beat Dale Hughes
Lee Hughes beat Darren Evans
Chris Davies beat Matthew Smith
Danny Dyer lost to Matthew Edgar
Brian Lewis lost to Peter Evans
Ray James lost to Michael Huntley
Alec Small lost to Andy Kerry
Ritchie Edhouse lost to Kieran Harris
David John beat Wayne Warren
Dan Raby beat Keith Aldridge
Brian Wonnacott lost to Mark Rice
Adam Smith-Neale beat Barrie Bates
Jason Lovett lost to Stuart Davies
Ash Richards lost to Adrian Rees
Daniel Thomas lost to Tony Darlow
James Bevan 2-0 Dai Powell
Terry Diamond beat Bryan Cook
Brian Flew beat Lyndon Gore
Jonny Clayton 2-0 Jeff Thomas
Marcus Hawkins beat Paul Rumph
Ralph Barnett beat Mike Fleet
Adrian Jones beat Tommy Livingstone
AJ Urmston-Toft beat Andy Tee
Stephen Davidson 0-2 Dai Caller
Steve Brown lost to Mark Layton
Sean Lewis lost to Michael Rowlands
Craig Draper lost to Stephen Carrett
Ricky Tonkin lost to Dilwyn Martin
Joe Price lost to Lee Bowen
Clive Wilford lost to Mark Penny
Patrick Aldoescu beat James Richardson
Matthew Hannaford 2-0 Robert Benns
Antony Allen lost to Darren Beveridge
Kevin Holvey beat Ben Evans
Jarrod Powell 0-2 Stuart Barrowcliffe
Adam Wardell beat Peter Loft
Chris Smart 2-1 Ryan Palmer
Richie Boucher beat Scott Varley
Kacey Jones lost to Gary Lloyd

Last 128
Adam Smith beat Craig Venman
Shaun Dibbs beat Andrew Perkins
Rhys Palmer lost to James Richards
Aled Goode beat Carl Hamilton
Steve Smith lost to David Rogers
Andy Aspinall beat Michael Taylor
Richard Langlois lost to Chris Pearce
Loz Barnes lost to Ashok Sehdev
Dai Randall lost to Josh Lewis
Ian Withers lost to Emyr Jones
Phil Gooch 2-0 Aaron Dyer
Anthony Freeman beat Simon Furness
Ben Davies-German lost to Ryan Hassell
Mark Lawrence beat Sam Guest
John Davey beat Chris Rees
Craig Davies lost to Lloyd Browning
Josh Davies beat Mitch Butler
Josh Lloyd lost to Darren Layden
James Williams lost to Jordan Thomas
Kevin Thomas beat Peter Jacques
Mike Beard beat Mark Blandford
Garreg Thomas lost to Andy Hughes
Rob Owen beat Iwan Morgan
Trevor Burkhill lost to Paul Self
Sean Barnett lost to James Hughes
Graham Usher beat Robert Vaughan
Johnny Haines beat Tony Bradley
Lee Harris beat Danny May
Kevin Jeffreys lost to Paul Eves
Mark Wilson lost to Carl Wilkinson
Ben Farr lost to Craig Gilchrist
Terry Temple lost to Paul Hogan
Gavin Bufton beat Mark Salmon
Roy Morris lost to Barry Hamer
Craig Lewis beat John Gallagher
Jon Clarke beat Tom Dimond
Paul Coray beat Martyn Moore
Stephen Cake beat Jason Williams
Andy White beat Alex Clyburn
Lee Wreford lost to Chris Lacy
Ryan Rawlinson lost to Tony Lincoln
Ben Bevan lost to Leighton Jones
Mike Rees lost to Robert Hawker
Tim Jones lost to Chris Harris
Robert Hughes beat Nathan Perry
Lee Hughes beat Chris Davies
Matthew Edgar beat Peter Evans
Michael Huntley beat Andy Kerry
Kieran Harris beat David John
Dan Raby lost to Mark Rice
Adam Smith-Neale lost to Stuart Davies
Adrian Rees lost to Tony Darlow
James Bevan beat Terry Diamond
Brian Flew lost to Jonny Clayton
Marcus Hawkins lost to Ralph Barnett
Adrian Jones lost to AJ Urmston-Toft
Dai Caller lost to Mark Layton
Michael Rowlands lost to Stephen Carrett
Dilwyn Martin lost to Lee Bowen
Mark Penny beat Patrick Aldoescu
Matthew Hannaford lost to Darren Beveridge
Kevin Holvey lost to Stuart Barrowcliffe
Adam Wardell lost to Chris Smart
Richie Boucher beat Gary Lloyd

Last 64
Adam Smith lost to Shaun Dibbs
James Richards lost to Aled Goode
David Rogers 2-1 Andy Aspinall
Chris Pearce beat Ashok Sehdev
Josh Lewis beat Emyr Jones
Phil Gooch lost to Anthony Freeman
Ryan Hassell lost to Mark Lawrence
John Davey lost to Lloyd Browning
Josh Davies lost to Darren Layden
Jordan Thomas lost to Kevin Thomas
Mike Beard beat Andy Hughes
Rob Owen beat Paul Self
James Hughes lost to Graham Usher
Johnny Haines beat Lee Harris
Paul Eves lost to Carl Wilkinson
Craig Gilchrist lost to Paul Hogan
Gavin Bufton lost to Barry Hamer
Craig Lewis beat Jon Clarke
Paul Coray lost to Stephen Cake
Andy White lost to Chris Lacy
Tony Lincoln lost to Leighton Jones
Robert Hawker beat Chris Harris
Robert Hughes lost to Lee Hughes
Matthew Edgar beat Andy Kerry
Kieran Harris lost to Mark Rice
Stuart Davies lost to Tony Darlow
James Bevan lost to Jonny Clayton
Ralph Barnett lost to AJ Urmston-Toft
Mark Layton beat Stephen Carrett
Lee Owen lost to Mark Penny
Darren Beveridge lost to Stuart Barrowcliffe
Chris Smart lost to Richie Boucher

Last 32
Shaun Dibbs 0-2 Aled Goode
David Rogers 1-2 Chris Pearce
Josh Lewis lost to Anthony Freeman
Mark Lawrence beat Lloyd Browning
Darren Layden lost to Kevin Thomas
Mike Beard lost to Rob Owen
Graham Usher beat Johnny Haines
Carl Wilkinson lost to Paul Hogan
Barry Hamer beat Craig Lewis
Stephen Cake lost to Chris Lacy
Leighton Jones lost to Robert Hawker
Lee Hughes lost to Matthew Edgar
Mark Rice lost to Tony Darlow
Jonny Clayton beat AJ Urmston-Toft
Mark Layton beat Mark Penny
Stuart Barrowcliffe beat Richie Boucher

Last 16
Aled Goode 1-2 Stuart Barrowcliffe
Chris Pearce 0-2 Mark Layton
Anthony Freeman 0-2 Jonny Clayton
Mark Lawrence 2-1 Tony Darlow
Kevin Thomas lost to Matthew Edgar
Rob Owen 2-1 Robert Hawker
Graham Usher lost to Chris Lacy
Paul Hogan beat Barry Hawker

Quarter-Finals
Stuart Barrowcliffe 0-2 Mark Layton
Jonny Clayton 2-0 Mark Lawrence
Matthew Edgar 0-2 Rob Owen
Chris Lacy 1-2 Paul Hogan

Semi-Finals
Mark Layton 0-2 Jonny Clayton
Rob Owen 1-2 Paul Hogan

Final
Jonny Clayton 0-2 Paul Hogan

Darts tops poll as the highest integrity sport in the UK

Darts has been given a stamp of approval by the British public after topping an independent poll as the UK sport with the highest integrity.

The UK Sports Integrity Index by Portland Communications polled over 2,000 members of the general public in June to measure the perceived level of integrity of the top 12 professional sports in the UK.

The poll looked at how far people had judged sports to be affected by four key issues: match, point or race fixing; players, racers or athletes using performance enhancing drugs; financial corruption; and cover-up stories and scandals.

Darts was perceived as the sport with the highest integrity by the most people in four age categories from 18-54, and as the least likely to be affected by performance enhancing drugs or cover-up stories.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn, reflecting on the report, said: “This independent report is a big thumbs-up for the sport of darts during a time of amazing growth at a professional level both in the UK and worldwide.

“PDC tournaments are amongst the most-watched sporting events on British television and our worldwide circuit will offer a record £12m in prize money this year – figures that could hardly have been dreamed of 10 years ago.

“We work with the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) to implement both Anti-Corruption and Anti-Doping programmes, while the Darts Integrity Unit offers a confidential way of reporting any potential irregularities.

“Whilst this report is a massive boost, we have to continue to be vigilant in our development as a professional sport if we are to retain this standing with the most important people; the general public who both watch darts on television and buy tickets to attend PDC tournaments in-person.

“They’re seeing wonderful characters battling it out on the oche, but the real beauty is that darts players are ordinary people with an extraordinary talent for their sport.”

To see the full report click here