UNIBET Champions League
BBC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE of DARTS
MENSUR SULJOVIC claimed the first televised title of his career with a brilliant 11-9 success over Gary Anderson in the Unibet Champions League of Darts final in Cardiff on Sunday night.
The world number seven had won through to only his second TV final with a series of outstanding performances throughout the weekend in the BBC-televised event – despite being the 40/1 pre-tournament outsider with Unibet. The 45-year-old opened the tournament with a 10-3 group stage win over Anderson and also saw off Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall to book a spot in the semi-finals.
There, Suljovic took out a stunning 160 checkout to seal an 11-9 win over Raymond van Barneveld as he secured his place in the decider. The final proved an equally close affair, before the Austrian emotionally closed out an 11-9 victory to claim the £100,000 title.
Unibet Champions League of Darts
Saturday September 16th
First Group Matches
Peter Wright 10-5 Dave Chisnall (B)
Gary Anderson 3-10 Mensur Suljovic (B)
Phil Taylor 10-7 Adrian Lewis (A)
Michael van Gerwen 5-10 Raymond van Barneveld (A)
Second Group Matches
Gary Anderson 10-7 Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright 8-10 Mensur Suljovic
Phil Taylor 10-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Adrian Lewis
Sunday September 17th
Final Group Matches
Dave Chisnall 5-10 Mensur Suljovic – Suljovic qualifies as Group B winner
Gary Anderson 10-9 Peter Wright – Anderson qualifies as Group B runner-up
Adrian Lewis 2-10 Raymond van Barneveld – van Barneveld qualifies as Group A runner-up
Michael van Gerwen 9-10 Phil Taylor – Taylor qualifies as Group A winner
Mensur Suljovic 11-9 Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson 11-6 Phil Taylor
Mensur Suljovic 11-9 Gary Anderson
Group Matches – Best of 19 legs / Semi-Final & Final – Best of 21 legs
Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall, Mensur Suljovic
Third In Group £15,000
Fourth In Group £10,000
Phil Taylor won the inaugural event in 2016 with an 11-5 win over Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and James Wade were Semi-Finalists. In 2017 rank outsider Mensur Suljovic beat Gary Anderson 11-9, with Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld Semi-Finalsits.