Two days of activity reported at once means that the Ladder is awash with colour after its immediate previous anaemic state with six successful Challenges of the 10 reported. It continues to be a source of mystery to us why the successful Challenge ratio continues at a little over 50%. Intuitively, we had expected that after some months of play and with the establishment of people in their “proper” positions, the ratio would drop significantly below the 50% mark. Careful targeting is one possible explanation and greater motivation on the part of the Challenger a second. Correct answers on a postcard please.
A late result from Everest after FAB on Tuesday night where two recent joiners, who came in at the bottom and are marching their way up, Top Gun’s Galen Hong and Aphro White’s Ken Boon, faced off for Ken’s Challenge. 3-1 to Galen.
Wednesday evening kicked off at Eastern Promise where Sarge Sargent reversed last month’s defeat by Lens ter Wee to go 3-1 in his Challenge and to gain a couple of rungs. Lens, you have to challenge up to make progress!
A very poor Wednesday night for Toby Cokes who found himself on the wrong end of things against Artha Doyle and the back in action Alex McMillan in The Dungeon before another loss, this time to his bete noire, Bill Fraser at Aphrodite in the early hours.
Last night’s late start after all tables were taken with the JPL Ladies Team Quarter Finals first legs saw three Challenges, all in The Dungeon. Neil Stewart continued his current rich vein of form with a 3-1 defeat of a John Fall also playing well recently. Highlights noticed a slight degradation in form in the Scotsman’s form since his “coruscating” performance early last week when he didn’t miss a ball; last night he missed two long pots in four frames that might have been described as makeable, though all the others hit the back of the pocket with the usual reassuring thwack :-)
The action continued in the Dungeon with another successful defence by #1 Klaudia Djajalie, this time against Aphro Maroon visitor, Greg Wilcox, before Chris Ten celebrated his return to Jakarta after a couple of weeks out-of-town with a good win against Brian Capel.