Pillay, Coopsamy scoop mixed-doubles title

2018-03-07 06:00
Final- round players were Paddy Padayachee, Charlie Pillay, Naven Coopsamy and NinePillay.PHOTO:supplied

Final- round players were Paddy Padayachee, Charlie Pillay, Naven Coopsamy and NinePillay.PHOTO:supplied

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NINE Pillay and Naven Coopsamy scooped the mixed-doubles title at the KwaDukuza Darts Association pre-season mixed-doubles tournament last Wednesday at the Quartz Sports Bar in Stanger Manor.
In the top half of the draw, Nine Pillay and Naven Coopsamy defeat their opponents 2-0 to move into the quarters.
Jerry Arunachellum and Terrence Subban had a bye and moved on to meet Pillay and Coopsamy.
The bottom half saw Vasa Rungasamy and Meersingh Soobram beat Ajen Singh and Kyle Pillay 2-0, while Paddy Padayachee and Charlie Pillay beat Jodie and Singh 2-1 to meet Rungasamy and Soobram.
In the top-half semi’s, Pillay and Coopsamy took on Arunachellum and Subban.

In the first set Arunachellum and Subban drew first blood and left Pillay and Coopsamy flat-footed.

However, Pillay and Coopsamy came back fighting and levelled the score 1-1 to push the game into the third set.

The third set was a real humdinger as both side posed evenly with high scores to the end.

It was Pillay who produced good tallies throughout the game and made no mistake in closing the game and moving into the final.

The bottom half saw tournament favourites Padayachee and Charlie Pillay hardly work up a sweat to defeat Soobram and Rungasamy 2-0, to meet Nine Pillay and Coopsamy in the final.

Nine Pillay and Coopsamy kept their tempo up and focused on ideas to defeat their more fancied opponents. The first set saw Nine Pillay and Coopsamy start like a house on fire, producing top scores while Padayachee and Charlie Pillay chased slowly behind.

It was no waste of time for Nine Pillay who finished the first set with a (118) close — single (18) triple 20 (60) and closed with a double 20 (40).

The second set saw Padayachee and Charlie Pillay put up a fight with high tallies.

However, Nine Pillay and Coopsamy continued to play catch-up.

Padayachee and Charlie Pillay were left with 89 while Nine Pillay and Coopsamy were left with 46. Nine Pillay had to make sure that his turn was not wasted as he put up a brave performance throughout the game and closed the game to clinch the mixed-doubles title.

Tonight (Wednesday, February 28), the association will host a selection game for players to play in the KZN Tournament which will take place on March 3.

All old and new players are welcome to join.

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