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No end to thrills at local Darts meet

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The Kimberley Open Darts tournament staged last Friday at the Florianville Civic Centre produced some fine performances

ON POINT: Charles Losper (left) beat of Clifford Stradling in the final of last weekends Kimberley Classic. (INSET): Bradley Pillay (left), took the Colts title from a spirited Cherie Jeftha who reached the final in her first Classic appearance. Picture: Dave Alexander

Fifty-seven 180s, a new record, is testament to just how exciting the past weekend’s Kimberley Darts Open and Kimberley Classic turned out to be; while in addition to this, local dead-eye Eddie Pillay held the highest close of 160 for the weekend.

The Kimberley Open Darts tournament staged last Friday at the Florianville Civic Centre produced some fine performances.

Kimberley’s Pillay impressed as he fought his way to the final by overcoming Stephen Swanepoel, Oscar Jacobus, Mark May and young Dean Naude, to face-off against Charles Losper who also impressed on his way to the final brushing aside Robbie Thomas, Wilma Veldsman, Richard Olivier and Earl Pentolfe.

Pillay can count himself very unfortunate, with Losper clinching the nail-biting final with a narrow 5-4 margin in the end.

After a break on Saturday, the Kimberley Classic was contested at the Constance Hall on Sunday, with Losper continuing his run and annihilating Earl Pentolfe 7-1 in the first semi-final and Clifford Stradling overcoming Dean Naude 7-4 in the other semis match to set up a cracker of a final.

Losper, who seemingly hit a purple patch over the weekend took the title for the second time, beating Stradling 8-5.

Meanwhile, young Bradley Pillay overcame Michael Kannemeyer and Charl Pietersen on his way to the Kimberley Classic final. Bradley then held his nerve and raked in the Colts by beating the plucky 19 year-old Cherie Jeftha.

The spirited Jeftha had earlier had the better of Kelly May and Clinton Pillay on her way to the final.

She then later on surprised Kimberley darts enthusiasts when she overcame Cammy Walters and Charmaine Olivier of Kimberley to reach the final of the Women’s section, where she stormed to a 4-0 destruction of the more experienced Desiree Martin to pocket the Women’s title.

The surprise of the tournament was the Women’s doubles winners, with Natasja van Wyk and Nerina van Schalkwyk beating the more fancied Martin and Carol Forbes in an exciting final.

The generous sponsorship and prize-money for the tournament was thanks to Earl Damons of Central Roof Industries and another local businessman Cyril Kruger of C-Pac, while Ashwin Reynolds and Howard Pillay also made meaningful contributions ensuring that this tournament will be one to be remembered and celebrated for quite a while.