A combined team started the season with a five points to three win against Brentonians at South Brent in the first round (first leg) of the South Hams League Tens competition. The second leg will be played in November. The players were: Charlie Dunt (singles); Bob Breese, Graham Collyer (pairs); Cath Cross, Ivy Yeabsley, Brian Luscombe (triples); Marion Brice, Roy Krywko, Ken Luscombe, Eric Fitch (fours).
The team made a poor start to the league division two programme with a 20-32 defeat at Loddiswell. Bob, Daphne Osmond, Ken, Charlie lost 10-12; Eric, Laura Girling, Graham, Brian lost 10-20.
The first league win came against visiting Slapton Swans by 31 points to 20, Brian Luscombe's four ensuring a maximum six points on the last end of the match. Bob, Laura, Ken and Charlie won 18-9; Eric, Steve Girling, Graham and Brian won 13-11.
Next up came a knockout cup victory over visiting Brentonians, and then a 22-31 defeat away to Milk Shakes at Dartington, where one point was hard won. Bob, Laura, Ken and Charlie secured a 13-13 with the last bowl of the match. Eric, Steve, Graham and Brian lost 9-18.
A six-point win against visiting Stokenham, 35-16, got the side back on track. Bob, Laura, Ken and Charlie won 17-7 and Eric, Evelyn, Graham and Brian ran out 18-9 victors.
A place in the KO Cup semi-final was at stake when Stoke Fleming visited the hall and the Originals prevailed by one shot in a stiff test against the division three leaders. Bob, Daphne, Ken and Charlie won 14-10, while Eric, Steve, Graham and, Brian went down 12-15, but overall the score was 26-25 in our favour. The subsequent draw has pitted us against Loddiswell, to be played at South Brent, in February, while the two surviving Totnes teams have been drawn against each other.
A clean sweep against visiting Brentonians in the second leg of the Tens competition has led to a tie against Slapton to be played over two legs before Christmas.
In the final league match of the first half of the season, we easily beat Ivybridge Erme 39-12. Bob, Laura, Ken, Charlie 21-7; Eric, Evelyn, Graham, Brian 18-5.
The new year started well with a maximum win at home to Loddiswell. Bob, Daphne, Ken and Charlie won 20-5, ad Eric, Evelyn, Graham and Brian were 14-8 winners. The victory lifted the team to the top of the division two table, on shot difference from Milk Shakes. Two points from their next match, away to Slapton Swans, kept them in the promotion mix. Overall, the score was 22-37, and the Originals' points were gained by the four of Eric, Steve, Graham and Brian, 15-12. On the other mat, Bob, Laura, Ken and Charlie battled well during the early part of the match but fell away badly to lose 7-25.
Five points in a home match against Milk Shakes put the Originals clear at the top of the table with two away matches left to play. The fifth point was gained from the last wood of the match when Charlie took the shot to level the mat score at 16-16. He was playing with Bob, Daphne and Ken. On the other mat, Eric, Evelyn, Graham and Brian were always ahead and won 15-9.
Promotion was put on hold, at least temporarily, when the team went down to a18-30 defeat at Stokenham. Bob, Evelyn, Ken and Charlie lost 10-16; Roy, Steve, Graham and Brian lost 8-14. It's now all or nothing in their last league match, at Ivybridge, but before that there is a knockout cup semi-final against Loddiswell.
And the Originals demolished Loddiswell 34-13 on the 'neutral' mats at South Brent. Chris Luscombe came in for his first match of the season, in place of the unavailable Bob Breese, and assisted Charlie's four (including Daphne and Ken) to a 12-8 win. On the other mat, the established four of Eric, Evelyn, Graham and Brian won 22-5. The final will be played at Stoke Fleming on March 28 against one of the Totnes teams.