GOLD: Cameron Pilley won the men's doubles gold medal just hours after winning bronze in the mixed doubles.
GOLD: Cameron Pilley won the men's doubles gold medal just hours after winning bronze in the mixed doubles. JULIAN FINNEY/GETTY IMAGES

Yamba's Cameron Pilley wins Commonwealth Games gold medal

YAMBA'S Cameron Pilley has won his second Commonwealth Games gold.

Pilley teamed with 38-year-old David Palmer in the men's doubles, and came from one game down to beat English pair Adrian Grant and Nick Matthew 10-11. 11-8, 11-9.

The first game was a back and forth affair which came down to the final point, which Grant and Matthew duly won.

Palmer and Pilley took complete control in the second game, with Pilley unleashing his trademark power to win a point against serve. The Australians won the game 11-8.

The English pair got off to a flyer in the third and final game to hold a 4-1 lead only for the Australians to fight back.

Matthew and Grant threatened to run away with it as they jumped out to a 6-4 lead, and again Palmer and Pilley fought back.

They strung together several consecutive points, before Pilley smashed a winner to decide a long rally, and give the Australians a 10-9 lead.

A long rally on match point merely delayed the inevitable, as the Australians surfed a wave of momentum to win 11-9.

It was a day to remember for Palmer, who earlier won the mixed doubles gold with Rachael Grinham.

Pilley won the mixed doubles bronze medal with Kasey Brown earlier in the day, defeating New Zealand pair Joelle King and Martin Knight.

Remarkably it is the exact opposite to Pilley's effort at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he and Brown won gold in the mixed doubles, and he and Evans Head's Ryan Cuskelly won bronze in the men's doubles.



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