Shanmagum, Somnath clinch darts doubles title

2016-02-24 06:00
 Photo: supplied Proud sponsor, Jerry Arunachellam (standing centre) congratulate darts doubles champions Neeran Somnath and Darrel Shanmagum (seated) and runners-up Nine Pillay and Paddy Padayachee.

Photo: supplied Proud sponsor, Jerry Arunachellam (standing centre) congratulate darts doubles champions Neeran Somnath and Darrel Shanmagum (seated) and runners-up Nine Pillay and Paddy Padayachee.

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DARREL Shanmagum and Neeran Somnath clinched the Jerry Arunachellam and Family-sponsored KwaDukuza Darts Association (KDDA) doubles title after beating the more fancied duo of Nine Pillay and Paddy Padayachee (2-1) in the final played before a partisan crowd at The Quartz on Wednesday night.

Shanmagum and Somnath got off to a dream start after walloping Charlie Pillay and Jodie Naidoo in straight sets (2-0) to book their place in the semi’s. Justin Naidoo and Rowen Govender hammered Marie Dhaver and Kevin Pillay (2-0) to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash against Shanmagum and Somnath.

Nine Pillay, who won the singles title a fortnight ago joined forces with veteran darts campaigner Padday Padayachee in quest for back-to-back titles. They lost the first set against Vinesh Geanballey and Ryan Pillay, but stormed back into contention winning the next two sets convincingly to register a hard fought 2-1 win.

Preollen Muthoosamy and Ashley Haripersadh cantered to a fluent win in the first set of their quarter final clash against Sashen Naidoo and Kyle Naidoo.

The “Naidoo twins” left their rivals stranded in the starting stalls after posting a mammoth score with the first three darts.

With the scores tied at 1-1, Muthoosamy and Haripersadh stepped on the accelerator in the 3rd and decisive set, romping to a comfortable victory (2-1) to secure a semi-final berth against the duo of Padayachee and Pillay.

Muthoosamy and Haripersadh lost the plot in the semi-finals.

Their woeful performance resulted in them bowing out (2-0) to Padayachee and Pillay. Shanmagum and Somnath, aware of the threat posed by the in-form Pillay and Padayachee crushed Justin Naidoo and Rowen Govender (2-0) to book their place in the final.

Darts enthusiasts were privy to some top drawer darts in an enthralling final. Tournament favourites Pillay and Padayachee won the first set convincingly, but had a mountain to climb in the second set after falling behind in the tally-count at the start of the second set.

Their late charge at the death was a typical case of “too little, too late”, with Shanmagum and Somnath holding onto a well deserved win to level the scores at 1-1.

Shanmagum and Somnath continued to pressurize their rivals in the final set and were duly rewarded with the doubles title after notching up a comfortable win in the final set (2-1).

President of KwaDukuza Darts Association, Sham Padayachee congratulated Shanmagum and Somnath on their outstanding performance and thanked Jerry Arunachellam for his generous sponsorship.

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