The Sanders, who retained their place in division one of the South Hams League, successfully requested a postponement of their opening fixture, away to Milk Churns at Dartington, when they could only field six players. They probably wish they could have had another evening off when they went to Slapton Cygnets, because they were on the end of a 42-9 drubbing. Former England player John Steer, a new recruit, led the Cygnets to a 23-1 win over Ivy Yeabsley's team (Kath Cross, Michael Fawcus and Nick Townsend), while Tim Lewis, Glenn Cross, Antony Hammett and Robert Luscombe (skip) went down 8-19.
Having been knocked out of the cup by one of the Totnes teams at Dartington, the Sanders returned home to beat Strete 24-23 and take four league points. Tim, Keith Brayne, Antony and Robert won 12-9; Sandra Brayne, Glenn, Nick and Ivy lost 12-14.
A heavy defeat away to Milky Bar Kids was followed by a four-point 30-24 win at home to Kingston. Tim, Keith, Antony and Robert won 17-7, while Sandra, Kath, Nick and Ivy went down 14-17.
The new year began with the Sanders rooted to the bottom of division one, and three more defeats have left them staring relegation in the face. At home to Milk Churns they were beaten 18-28, but won one one mat: Marion, Sandra, Nick, Ivy lost 7-20; Antony, Ken (Sub), Matt, Robert won 11-8. At South Brent they lost 21-33: Tim, Keith, Matt, Robert 14-21; Marion, Sandra, Nick, Ivy 7-12. At home to league leaders Slapton Cygnets they played arguably their best bowls of the season in losing 17-24: Michael, Keith, Tim, Robert 7-13; Marion, Sandra, Nick, Ivy 10-11.
The team's poor season continued with a big defeat at Strete, then there was a heavy loss away to Milk Churns at Dartington, but 24 hours later the Sanders had a wonderful home win against Milky Bar Kids by 36 shots to 23. Tim, Keith, Antony and Robert 21-15; Marion, Matt, Nick and Ivy 14-8. Sadly, the six points were not enough to lift the side from the bottom of the table.