The Originals, playing in division two of the South Hams League after last season's relegation, clinched the title in the last match when they took a maximum six points away to Slapton Swans..
They started with a four-point win at home to Ivybridge Filham, 28-27. Bob Breese, Jocelyn Schirn, Ken Luscombe and Charlie Dunton (skip) lost 14-17; Eric Fitch, Evelyn Grant, Graham Collyer and Brian Luscombe (skip) won 14-10.
At Kingston, they lost 18-33 but picked up two points when Charlie Dunton edged his final bowl into the head for a mat-winning second shot.. Bob, Jocelyn, Ken and Charlie won 11-10; Christopher Luscombe, Evelyn, Graham and Brian lost 7-23.
The team's first six-point win came against hitherto unbeaten Loddiswell, 27-12. Bob, Jocelyn, Ken and Charlie won 11-5; Eric, Evelyn, Graham and Brian won 16-7.
The visit to Dartington to play Spilt Milk was never going to be easy, but when Charlie's four picked up five shots on the penultimate end to put them at 12-13 there was the opportunity to return home with some sort of result. And by keeping play tight on the last end Charlie, with Bob, Jocelyn and Ken picked up a vital shot to square the game and be rewarded with a match point. On the other mat there was no such joy as Eric, Christopher, Graham and Brian went down 9-23 to give an overall score of 36-22 to the Totnes side.
Two matches in 48 hours produced 12 points and sent the Originals to the top of the table going into the last week of the first half of the season. First they beat Slapton Swans 37-20 at home, with the highlight being a hot shot eight shots on one end recorded by Eric, Evelyn, Graham and Brian on their way to a 22-9 win. Bob, Jocelyn, Ken and Charlie won 15-11 on the other mat.
At Dittisham the team won 32-9: Bob, Jocelyn, Ken and Charlie 18-5; Christopher, Graham, Brian and Eric 14-4. This six-point maximum completed the first half of the league season, with the team in third place in the table, three points behind leaders Loddiswell.
The second half of the season did not get off to a good start with the return against Dittisham finishing in favour of the visitors 23-21. Bob, Jocelyn, Ken, Charlie lost 6-17; Eric, Evelyn, Graham, Brian won 15-6,so two points only.
Within days the same eight bounced back to take five points by winning 32-27 at Ivybridge and go joint top of the table. Eric, Evelyn, Graham and Brian won 16-11; Bob, Jocelyn, Ken and Charlie drew 16-16, the vital sixth point second shot on the final end proving just too difficult to pull off.
More success followed when six points were taken off Kingston at home, the 36-13 scoreline making it look easier than it was. Bob, Jocelyn, Ken and Charlie won 16-7; Eric, Evelyn, Graham and Brian won 20-6.
A home win, 40-13, against leaders Spilt Milk followed and kept us in the chase for the divisional title. Bob, Jocelyn, Ken, Charlie 23-3; Eric, Roy Krwyko, Graham, Brian 17-10.
Promotion could have been clinched at Loddiswell but for a dropped six shots on the penultimate end on one mat, leading to a 22-30 reverse. Bob, Roy, Chris, Ken 11-16; Eric, Evelyn, Graham, Brian 11-14.
So it all came down to the final league match of the season, away to Slapton Swans. Milton needed two points to gain promotion, and the Swans required two points to avoid relegation. No pressure, then. Slapton has never been a totally happy hunting ground but on this occasion South Milton were unstoppable and took all the points to go up in style as champions by virtue of a superior shot difference to Spilt Milk. Bob, Jocelyn, Ken, Charlie 18-9; Eric, Chris, Graham, Brian 14-8.
In the Tens competition, a mixed Originals and Sanders team progressed to the quarter-final by beating Strete over two legs. They then overcame a big deficit from the first leg against Silver Tops at Dartington by winning all four games in the home second leg and progressing to the semi-final where we will play South Brent. It was the same story against Brent, where a 1-3 reverse in the away leg was overturned by four wins at home. So it was off to West Charleton to meet defending champions Gold Tops in the final and, after a brave effort, they had to settle for the runners-up spot. The players were Eric Fitch (singles), Bob Breese and Robert Luscombe (pairs), Nick Townsend, Ivy Yeabsley and Brian Luscombe (triples), Ken Luscombe, Jocelyn Schirn, Graham Collyer and Charlie Dunton (fours). Tim Lewis and Antony Hammett played in earlier rounds.