Padayachee clinches singles darts title

2016-02-03 06:00
Paddy Padayachee clinched the KwaDukuza Darts association singles title after ousting Navern Coopsamy (2-0) in the final on Wednesday night. Photo: supplied

Paddy Padayachee clinched the KwaDukuza Darts association singles title after ousting Navern Coopsamy (2-0) in the final on Wednesday night. Photo: supplied

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VETERAN darts campaigner Paddy Padayachee clinched the KwaDukuza Darts Association singles title after toppling Navern Coopsamy in the final played before a partisan crowd at The Quartz Conference Centre in Stanger Manor on Wednesday night.

Padayachee overcame an early scare after losing the first set to Devan Gounden, but came back strongly winning the next two sets convincingly to secure a thrilling 2-1 win in the quarter-finals.

Yogan Pillay got off to a dream start after ousting Wesley Pillay in straight sets (2-0) in the quarters. Kevin Gounden made an early exit after suffering a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Justin Naidoo in the quarters.

The long lost son of darts, Navern Coopsamy made a winning return on Wednesday night after crushing Preollen Muthoosamy (2-0) to book his place in the semis. Coopsamy notched up a superb 2-0 win (boasting a brilliant top score of 171-three triple 19’s) against Yogan Pillay to advance to the final.

Padayachee proved too strong for Justin Naidoo in the semi’s cantering to a fluent 2-0 win to book his place in the final against Coopsamy.

Coopsamy got off to a flyer in the opening set of the final. He continued to register huge tallies, but struck a stone wall at the finish line, failing to close the game on a double. Padayachee, who was slow off the starting blocks seized the opportunity with both hands to collar his rival right at the finish line to win the first set.

The 2nd set was evenly poised, but midway into the match, Coopsamy pulled clear of his rival to edge closer to the finish line. Darts enthusiasts were confident that Coopsamy will clinch the 2nd set in the hope of levelling the scores and pushing the game into a 3rd and decisive set.

But, the lack of match-fitness led to his (Coopsamy) demise, going down 2-0 to newly crowned singles champion, Padayachee.

In other darts news, KwaDukuza Darts Association (KDDA) will host their annual general meeting tonight (Wednesday) at The Quartz Conference Centre commencing at 7.00pm. President of KDDA, Jerry Govender appealed to former darts players to take advantage of the safe venue in the heart of Manor to get involved in the promotion of darts in KwaDukuza in 2016.

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