Benwell Hill Cricket Club is located to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne city centre. The club is a founder member of the ECB North East Premier League.
The first, second and third eleven’s all play in the Premier Leagues.The third eleven are also members of the Just Sport West Tyne Cricket League and the midweek Northumberland County C Division.
Benwell Hill run junior teams at Under 18, Under 15, Under 13 and Under 11 levels for both boys and girls.
New players and
new members welcome
New players - junior and senior - are always welcome at Benwell Hill Cricket Club.
The Club caters for cricketers of all abilities from Minor Counties standard to recreational level - if you are keen enough you will find a team to fit your standard.
During the season club practice takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6.00 pm and new players are most welcome to come along and try-out before committing to joining the club. The fee for senior players in 2014 is £80, £45 for 18 - under 21s and for juniors it is £35 - for that sum you get full access to the club and its social and playing facilities for the year.
For those who simply wish to watch the cricket and enjoy a pint whilst doing so, we offer social membership at £20 per annum.
All senior fixtures for the forthcoming season have been published and now appear on this website here.
Junior fixtures will be published soon and will also appear on the website when they are made available.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting will take place in the club lounge on Tuesday 9 February at 7.15 pm. All members are welcome to attend. Download the agenda here.
Junior Winter Indoor Net Sessions
The 2016 junior winter indoor net sessions start on Thursday 4 February and will be held at St Cuthbert's RC School. They will run for 8 weeks on Thursday evenings through to Thursday 24 March. The times are:
5.00 to 6.00 pm Under 11
6.00 to 7.00 pm Under 15
The sessions are open to boys and girls, and also to anyone who maybe interested in joining Benwell Hill Cricket Club next season. Anyone interested in coming along should contact Barry Pearson on 0784 6508532.
Any Junior who hopes to play for the Senior side in 2016 should attend the Senior Training sessions which will be held at Newcastle Indoor Centre at South Northumberland Cricket Club starting on Monday 1 February from 8.00 to 10.00 pm.
Xmas underway at the Hill
Festivities got underway at the Hill over last weekend (19/20 December) with the Xmas Party on Saturday followed by the Children's Xmas Party on the Sunday, and the now traditional parade of Xmas Jumpers!
More traditional Hill festivities follow with the Boxing Day Football on Saturday 26 December and then the Indoor Games on Monday 28 December.
Hill land Hickey
The first major signing of the Kyle Coetzer era has been clinched by the Hill with Adam Hickey agreeing terms for 2016. Adam, who is on the staff at Durham will join the club for next season.
He is a left-handed top-order batsman and an off-spinner with plenty of NEPL experience having played in the league since 2012 with the Durham Cricket Academy. 18-year old, Adam has been in Sri Lanka this month with England U19s taking part in a Tri-Series one-day competition. He also represented his country at U19 level last summer against Australia.
His career with Durham Seconds began in 2013 and he also played some Minor Counties cricket for Northumberland last summer.
Adam is very welcome at Denton Bank and is sure to be a key-part of the developing plans for Coetzer's squad.
Others depart . . .
As Adam Hickey arrives, several other familiar faces have decided to leave the club. As previously announced on this website Zohaib Khan will not return to the Hill in 2016, instead he will play for Leek Town in Staffordshire.
Matthew Muchall, who has fulfilled the Player/Coach role over the past two years has returned to his hometown club, South Shields for family reasons. Matty made a big contribution on and off the field and we thank him for his efforts during his time with us.
Last season's First XI Vice-captain, Matty Rodger has also made the call to return to his home club, Whickham to help their push for promotion from the NTSL Division Two. In his three seasons with the Hill he was a regular in the First XI and also played for the Sunday Third XI.
Graeme Race, one of the club's longest serving players having made 220 NEPL appearances in an eleven year career seems set to find another challenge too with a number of clubs interested in his services. He found his opportunities limited in 2015 and has felt that it was the right time to move on over the winter.
All these players who are leaving the club do so on good terms and will always be welcomed back to Denton Bank in whatever capacity they return.
The Hill abroad
Whilst new signing Adam Hickey has been with England U19s in Sri Lanka, two other of the club's first team have been enjoying a whole winter abroad.
Will Taylor has been in Western Australia playing for the amazingly named Cowaramup Cricket Club. Will has made a few runs, taken a wickets and even featured in the local papers for his catching!
Sameet Brar's Australian cricketing experience has been with Mount Waverley in Victoria. His style of play has endeared him to his clubmates and he reports the discipline that he has had to add to his bowling whilst away. Hopefully, the Hill will benefit from both Will and Sameet's journeys next season.
Two more Hill players are ready to travel away too in the new year. Kyle Coetzer leaves next month to Hong Kong as part of the Scotland squad that will play a multi-day game and some T20s against Hong Kong, much of the tour is to help the Scots with their World T20 Cup preparations.
Alasdair Appleby has been selected to go with Durham Cricket Academy in March to India on what will be an amazing experience for certain. Alasdair has been practising with the Durham youngsters over the close season, as have two other hopefuls from the club.
Max Williamson and Luke Mussett have both continued their development under the watchful eye of John Windows and with the departures noted above they are well placed to break into the Hill First XI come April.
Winter Indoor Practice 2016 dates announced
Indoor practice will begin on Monday 1 February and run for eight consecutive weeks until Monday 21 March inclusive. The sessions will be held at the Newcastle Cricket Centre, Gosforth from 8.00pm -10.00pm. Kyle Coetzer will lead the sessions in between his international commitments over the spring.
2016 Fixtures released
The NEPL season will begin on Saturday 16 April with the First XI hosting Gateshead Fell with the Second XI making the reverse journey. April also sees the Hill travel to Chester-le-Street and then host Stockton.
The First XI will host the exotically named Sheriff Hutton Bridge from Yorkshire in the National KO Cup on Sunday 24 April. It is anticipated that the weekend of the 9-10 April will be a pre-season trip to either Scotland or Yorkshire. Further details of this and the full fixture list will appear here shortly.
Half term cricket coaching
There is an opportunity for all junior cricketers between the ages of 10 and 14 to take part in a half term cricket coaching session.
The session takes place on Wednesday 28 October at the Westgate Centre for Sport. The session starts at 10.00 am and finishes at 3.00 pm. It's FREE and there is no booking required - just simply turn up!
All equipment will be provided, although you may wish to take your own bat, just bring a drink an a packed lunch.
Junior Presentation Evening
The 2015 Junior Presentation Evening was held in the Club lounge on Monday 19 October. Many thanks to everyone who turned up on the night and made it such a special occasion. The excellent food on the night was provided by Lynn Williamson and her helpers, while we also brought back the ever popular game of bingo!
Our guest from Durham County Cricket Club was an old friend of the club, the 'Colonel' Phil Mustard who made an excellent contribution to the night answering all sorts of questions and was also on hand along with our President Norman Green to present some of the trophies.
The respective team managers then gave their review of the season, and the following individual awards were presented:
Under 11 Player of the Year: Cory Bolam
Under 13 Player of the Year: Harry Reeves
Under 15 Player of the Year: Maneeb Masood
Ladies Player of the Year: Sally Anderson
Leading Girl in Junior Cricket: Amy McDonnell
Most improved in Ladies Cricket: Annie Anderson
Alan Evans Award: Dylan Bolam
Neil Hamilton Award: Joe Fletcher
Tom Hounsome Award: Under 19 team
Benwell Hill clinch deal with Kyle Coetzer
Benwell Hill Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Scottish international Kyle Coetzer has agreed a two-year deal to become the club’s first Cricket Development Manager. Kyle’s appointment will see him take responsibility for the whole of the club’s coaching set-up and also captain the First XI.
Club officials met Kyle earlier this month and after a productive meeting he agreed to the role last Tuesday. What came across strongly was Kyle’s desire to throw himself into the development side of the club with improving this aspect of the club every bit as important as his playing role. He will aim to progress the fledgling links with local schools, develop an elite player pathway at the club and oversee the work of the coaches already working hard in the club.
As a player and a man Kyle is well known at Denton Bank having played seventeen matches for the Hill in 2006-7. Kyle was our Durham CCC player at that time and made 478 NEPL runs at 34.14 in that time, as he became the Hill’s 64th NEPL player on his debut. He also picked up four wickets at 21.75. His NEPL experience began in 2003 with the Durham Cricket Academy and he was played NEPL club cricket for Gateshead Fell and Blaydon. In all he has made 61 NEPL appearances, so he is well versed in the cricket in the area.
Kyle will combine his role at the Hill with his on-going playing commitments with Scotland, who he has represented over 100 times in all formats combined. Hightlights include 28 T20 matches and 26 ODIs. He has World Cup experience in both T20 and ODIs and averages over 40 in ODIs with a top-score of 156 in last year’s World Cup against Bangladesh. Kyle’s first-class career started with Durham in 2004, who he played for until 2010 before moving onto Northamptonshire from 2011-15. In total he has played 90 first-class matches making over 4000 runs with eight hundreds.
It is clear to see that his signing a real coup for the club and all at the club welcome him and his family back to Denton Bank for 2016 and beyond.
To coincide with the club's centenary in 1983 Alan Evans, father of Barry, together with the help of Jack Marshall and Allan March, undertook to write the history of Benwell Hill Cricket Club. What followed was clearly a personal and heart-felt history of a club he loved very much.
Alan Evans joined the club in 1933 as a sixteen year old and remained a member until his death in January 2002.The book which is out of print, has now been produced in a pdf format for you to download by clicking on to the image below.
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