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.