Padayachee, Arunachellam clinch darts doubles title

2015-06-17 06:00
Jerry Arunachellam and Paddy Padayachee (seated) clinch the KwaDukuza Darts  Association doubles title after beating Vinesh Geanballey and Jerry Govender  (2-1) in the final on Wednesday night. x

Jerry Arunachellam and Paddy Padayachee (seated) clinch the KwaDukuza Darts Association doubles title after beating Vinesh Geanballey and Jerry Govender (2-1) in the final on Wednesday night. x

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PADDY Padayachee and Jerry Arunachellam clinched the KwaDukuza Darts Association (KDDA) doubles title after beating the more fancied duo of Vinesh Geanballey and Jerry Govender (2-1) in the final played before a huge crowd at The Quartz in Stanger Manor on Wednesday night.

Padayachee and Arunachellam snatched a thrilling 2-1 win against Darrel Shanmagum and Dhana Naidoo in the quarter-finals to secure a semi-final berth against Vishalin Parmasivan and Vasa Rungasamy, who eliminated Charlie Pillay and Justin Naidoo (2-1).

Padayachee and Arunachellam cantered to a fluent 2-0 win in the semi’s, sending out an early warning signal to their rivals.

In the top half of the draws, Sidney Naicker and Jodie Naidoo trounced Preollen Moothusamy and Atish in straight sets (2-0) to book their place in the semi-finals.

Tournament favourites Jerry Govender and Vinesh Geanballey proved too strong for Neeran Somnath and Vigen Murugan, romping to an emphatic 2-0 win to secure a place in the semi-final.

Govender and Geanballey continued their rich vein of form in the semi’s outclassing Naicker and Naidoo (2-0) to advance to the final.

The large crowd were privy to some entertaining darts in the final. Govender and Geanballey were first off the starting blocks in the opening 501-game. They raced to the finish line, needing a double 20 to close.

Padayachee and Arunachellam gradually chewed away the deficit before collaring their rivals at the finish line, who failed to find the double 20. Govender and Geanballey were left red-faced after their opponents virtually stole victory from the jaws of death to forge ahead (1-0).

Govender and Geanballey stormed back into contention, winning the 2nd set convincingly after Geanballey closed on a double one to level the scores at 1-1.

Veteran darts campaigner, Padayachee proved his mettle in the 3rd and decisive set, notching up a maximum score of 180 (three triple 20’s on a trot) to leave his partner with a score of 52 to close the game.

Trailing by almost 230, Geanballey notched up a ton to give Govender 130 to close the game. Arunachellam failed to close the game on 52 leaving Padayachee with a double four. Govender reduced the deficit from 130 to 52, hoping that Geanballey would claim victory at the finish line.

But, man-of-the-match Padayachee needed just a single dart to close on double four and secure the KDDA doubles title with team-mate Arunachellam.


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