DAVE CHISNALL and Simon Whitlock have claimed the final two qualifying places for the 2018 Champions League of Darts ahead of September's tournament at The Brighton Centre.

Heading into the World Matchplay, the pair were under pressure to keep their top eight places from the likes of Michael Smith, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld.

Former Grand Slam of Darts finalist Chisnall produced a stunning second round comeback against Smith to end his fellow-St Helens star's hopes of a Champions League return.

Simon Whitlock (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Australia's Whitlock will make his Champions League debut after seeing off Wade with a convincing victory in round two to confirm his spot on the South Coast.

The third staging of the Champions League of Darts will take place on September 22-23 in Brighton, with live television coverage on BBC Sport.

Reigning champion Mensur Suljovic will defend his title against his rivals in the world's top eight players, led by world number one Michael van Gerwen.

World Champion Rob Cross, based in nearby Hastings, will make his Champions League debut, alongside Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney - the 2017 World Grand Prix champion.

Gary Anderson is bidding to add to the UK Open and World Matchplay titles he has won already this year, while colourful world number two Peter Wright completes the eight-player field.

Champions League of Darts Competitors
1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Peter Wright
3 Rob Cross
4 Gary Anderson
5 Daryl Gurney
6 Mensur Suljovic
7 Simon Whitlock
8 Dave Chisnall

Tickets for the Champions League of Darts are available now from the Brighton Centre Box Office via brightoncentre.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 1515 (calls cost 7pm plus your phone company's access charge). Accessible tickets via 01273 292 695.

Thomas Cook Sport Breaks are available through thomascooksport.com/darts.

For full ticket information, please see pdc.tv/tickets.

Saturday September 22
Afternoon Session (1.15pm)
4x Group Matches

Table Ticket £31
Tiered Ticket £26

Evening Session (6.30pm)
4x Group Matches

Table Ticket £36
Tiered Ticket £31

Sunday September 23
Afternoon Session (1pm)
4x Group Matches

Table Ticket £31
Tiered Ticket £26

Evening Session (6.30pm)
Semi-Finals & Final

Table Ticket £36
Tiered Ticket £31