Geanballey crowned darts singles champion

2016-03-02 06:00
Photo: supplied Vinesh Geanballey (right) clinched the KwaDukuza Darts Association singles title after beating Yogan Pillay (2-0) in the final on Wednesday night.   

Photo: supplied Vinesh Geanballey (right) clinched the KwaDukuza Darts Association singles title after beating Yogan Pillay (2-0) in the final on Wednesday night.   

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VINESH Geanballey was crowned KwaDukuza Darts Association (KDDA) singles champion after trouncing Yogan Pillay in straight sets (2-0) in the final played before a huge crowd at The Quartz Conference Centre in Stanger Manor on Wednesday night.

Geanballey, who has been off the boil in the 2015 season made his intentions clear right from the start after walloping Dhana Pillay (2-0) in the quarters to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash against Neeran Somnath, who pulverised Terrence Pillay in straight sets (2-0).

Yogan Pillay clawed his way from a set down to oust Devan Gounden (2-1) to secure a place in the semi’s against Nine Pillay, who edged out Jerry Govender (2-1).

Nine Pillay, who has been in prolific form since the start of the 2016 season got off to a flying start against Yogan Pillay in the semi’s, winning the opening set convincingly. But, Yogan started to find his rhythm midway into the second set and quickly swallowed up the deficit before collaring his opponent at the finish line to level the scores at 1-1.

Yogan was all the rage in the final set leaving his opponent watching in awe as he (Yogan) went to claim a thrilling 2-1 win to book his place in the final.

In the second semi-final, Geanballey produced brilliant darts in a performance that would have any proud winning 2-0 against Somnath.

The final was fiercely contested with both players producing high scores in their first three darts. Midway into the game Geanballey drew away from his opponent, piling on the pressure. In his three penultimate darts, Geanballey brought his tally down to 40 needing his favourite home (double 20) to close.

Pillay closed in rapidly leaving himself with 52 to close, hoping that his opponent would fail to notch up a double 20 and give him (Pillay) a glimmer of hope of snatching victory from the jaws of death. But, Geanballey needed a single dart to seal the first set and take a psychological 1-0 lead.

There was a reversal of fortunes in the second set with Pillay dictating terms midway into the game. Geanballey recorded two disappointing back-to-back tallies of 41. Pillay seized the opportunity with both hands, enjoying a comfortable 100-point lead.

Pillay needed 32 (double 16) to seal the second set with Geanballey (out in the woods) needing 80. Pillay failed to close with three darts before Geanballey notched up 40 with his first two darts. Needing 40 (double 20) to close, darts enthusiasts were confident that Geanballey would snatch victory with his next dart.

But, Geanballey squandered the opportunity scoring a single 20. Pillay had a second bite at the cherry, but yet again failed to close before Geanballey came back to record a double 10 (20) and clinch the singles title.


Yogan was all the rage in the final set leaving his opponent watching in awe as he went to claim a thrilling 2-1 win to book his place in the final.

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