Leighton Rees was darts' first world champion in 1978. Pic: Getty Images.

Legend Leighton To Be Honoured With Some Tasty Tungsten

Wales’ leading darts players are to compete in the first Leighton Rees Cup to celebrate the sport and the influence of the country’s first world champion.

The Petwise Leighton Rees Cup will see Wales’ top players – including the country’s world number five Gerwyn Price – do battle in Merthyr Tydfil on November 20.

Premier League star and 2018 Grand Slam champion Price, former BDO world champion and Sky Sports Darts pundit Mark Webster, three-time PDC title winner Jonny Clayton and 2017 world championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis will compete at the Penydarren Social Club.

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Also on show will be Welsh stars of past and present including former world champion Richie Burnett, Jim Williams, Peter Locke, Barrie Bates, Ritchie Davies, Jonathan Worsley, Wayne Warren and Dai Caller.

The first round draw has thrown up some exciting ties which will no doubt produce some tasty tungsten.

“There is nothing quite like a night at the darts and I’m really looking forward to this one,” said Webster, who claimed the Red Dragon Port Talbot Darts Masters crown in June.

“Leighton Rees was a giant of the game we all love. Not only was he the first big Welsh star but he was also the first ever world champion and it will be fantastic to honour him and celebrate darts in Wales with this unique event.”

Rees won the inaugural World Professional Darts Championship in 1978 and was runner-up the following year. One of the sports first icons, Rees passed away in 2003.

Tickets are still available for The Petwise Leighton Rees Cup via: https://dartshop.tv/merthyr2019/. For live coverage and results from the event make sure to follow @PDC_Cymru on Twitter.

Leighton Rees Cup – first round:

Gerwyn Price v Peter Locke

Jim Williams v Wayne Warren

Barrie Bates v Jonathan Worsley

Jamie Lewis v Ritchie Davies

Mark Webster v Richie Burnett

Jonny Clayton v Dai Caller

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