Pillay crowned darts singles champion

2016-02-17 06:00
Nine Pillay (left) clinched the KwaDukuza Darts Association singles title after beating Charlie Pillay in the final on Wednesday night. Photo: supplied

Nine Pillay (left) clinched the KwaDukuza Darts Association singles title after beating Charlie Pillay in the final on Wednesday night. Photo: supplied

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NINE Pillay was crowned KwaDukuza Darts Association singles champion after edging out Charlie Pillay (2-1) in an enthralling final played at The Quartz Conference Centre in Stanger Manor on Wednesday night.

Nine Pillay sent out a strong warning signal to his rivals after clinically disposing of Preollen Muthoosamy in straight sets (2-0) to book his place in the semi’s. Veteran darts campaigner, Paddy Padayachee won the first set against Devan Gounden, but was virtually firing blanks in the next two sets which led to his (2-1) demise.

Jerry Govender produced top drawer darts to oust Rowan Pillay (2-0) in the quarters. Charlie Pillay, noted for his late start off the blocks pulverised his Neeran Somnath (2-0) to secure a semi-final berth.

Nine Pillay cantered to a comfortable win in the opening set of his semi-final clash against Devan Gounden. Gounden virtually threw the kitchen sink at his opponent, collaring him at the finish line to level the scores at 1-1. Nine Pillay upped the tempo in the third and decisive set (winning 2-1) to book his place in the final.

Charlie Pillay hardly put a foot wrong in his convincing 2-0 win against Govender in the second semi-final clash to set up a mouth-watering final clash against Nine Pillay.

Charlie Pillay continued his rich vein of darts in the final winning the first set comfortably. Nine Pillay came back strongly in the second set, stamping his authority from the start to clinch the set and level the scores (1-1).

Charlie Pillay raced to the finish line in the final set, but failed to find the double which eluded him on no less than six attempts. Nine Pillay seized the opportunity with both hands, snatching victory from the jaws of death to clinch the singles title.

Newly elected president of KwaDukuza Darts Association, Sham Padayachee congratulated Nine Pillay on his outstanding feat. Padayachee urged the youth of KwaDukuza and former veterans of darts to get involved in the upliftment of the game.

Tonight (Wednesday) KwaDukuza Darts Association will host the Jerry Arunachellam-sponsored doubles tournament at The Quartz commencing at 7.30pm.


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