Bumper crowd expected to witness 180 Darts Cup

2015-11-11 06:00
Neeran Somnath and Darrel Shanmagum (front) clinched the KwaDukuza Darts Association doubles title after beating Yogan Pillay and Jodie Naidoo (back) in straight sets in the final. Photo: supplied

Neeran Somnath and Darrel Shanmagum (front) clinched the KwaDukuza Darts Association doubles title after beating Yogan Pillay and Jodie Naidoo (back) in straight sets in the final. Photo: supplied

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KwaDukuza Darts Association officials are bracing themselves for a bumper crowd to witness some explosive action in the Rajen Pillay and Family-sponsored 180 Darts Cup which gets under way on Wednesday, 18 November at The Quartz Conference Centre in Stanger Manor.

The cream of the darts crop, players who have notched up a maximum score of 180 (three triple 20s) and 171 (three triple 19s) during the 2015 darts season will qualify to participate in this prestigious 180 Darts Cup which brings the curtain down on an exciting and eventful season.

On Wednesday night reigning 180 Darts Cup champions, Darrel Shanmagum and his team-mate Neeran Somnath sent out early warning signals to their rivals after powering their way into the final of the KwaDukuza Darts Association doubles tournament at The Quartz.

Matches were played on a league basis in two pools with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semi-final. The “heavy-weights” comprising of Shanmagum and Somnath, Nine Pillay and Devan Pillay, Vinesh Geanbally and Jerry Govender, Yogan Pillay and Jodie Naidoo were grouped alongside each other in Pool B, the so-called “Group of Death”.

Shanmagum and Somnath outmuscled their rivals to finish undefeated at the top of Pool B. Darts enthusiasts expected the fancied duo of Govender and Geanballey to secure the runners-up spot after their shock loss to Shanmagum and Somnath, but Yogan Pillay and Jodie Naidoo defied the formbook to oust their opponents to grab the runners-up and secure a semi-final berth.

Pool A was contested with Terrence “Spooky” Subban and Paddy Padayachee, Vishalin Parmasivan and Jerry Arunachellam, Preolin and Dhana Naidoo finishing joint second (resulting in a play-offs) behind winners Charlie Pillay (who was voted the Peoples Player of the Year in 2014) and Vasa Rungasamy.

Padayachee and Subban proved their prowess in the playoffs to secure a semi-final berth against Shanmagum and Somnath. But, they (Padayachee and Subban) ran out of ideas in the semi’s which resulted in their 2-0 demise. In the other semi-final clash, Pillay and Rungasamy failed to capitalise on their early 1-0 lead which resulted in them bowing out (2-1) to Yogan Pillay and Jodie Naidoo.

The huge crowd supporting their respective heroes in the final were privy to a rare clash between the left-handed Pillay and Shanmagum in what was billed the “battle of the lefties”. Shanmagum, who has been producing consistent darts throughout the season proved too strong for Pillay, joining forces with Somnath to clinch the KwaDukuza Darts Association doubles title in straight sets (2-0).

There will be no darts tonight (Wednesday) with the majority of the players enjoying Diwali (the festival of lights) with their loved ones. President of KwaDukuza Darts Association, Jerry Govender congratulated Shanmagum and Somnath on their outstanding feat and wished all Hindu players a peaceful Diwali.

The annual KwaDukuza Darts Association awards banquet will take place on Saturday, 28 November at The Quartz in Stanger Manor.

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