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.
Anyone still wishing to take up the club's offer of paying subscriptions by Direct Debit can still do so. The original deadline date of Monday 7 September has now been extended to 6.00 pm on Sunday 13 September.
Team selections for this weekend can be found here.
Players, club officials and members bid the club's professional farewell after the AM Brown Final on Sunday (6 September - see below).
Zohaib will not be returning to the club next year and will seek to play his cricket elsewhere after the club's decision not to re-engage the very popular Pakistani for a seventh consecutive year. A low-key presentation to Zohaib took place in the dressing room after the game.
Everyone at the club wishes Zohaib the very best for the future and thanks him for everything he did at Benwell Hill Cricket Club.
An appreciation of Zohaib will follow soon.
AM Brown Success
The first eleven beat Blaydon to lift the AM Brown Cup for the first time since 1997. Winning the toss and batting first the Hill scored 157 for 9 in 32 overs. Mark Dale top scoring with 42. The home side collapsed from 35 for 1 to 69 all out - four wickets for Joe Kilpatrick and three for Sameet Brar - giving the Hill victory by 88 runs. The full scorecard can be found here.
Weekend Round Up
The penultimate weekend of the North East Premier League had a very end-of-season feel about it with the first eleven, having been put in to bat, bowled out for 75 on a 'green 'un' at Newcastle. Hopes were raised briefly when the Hill had the home side 59 for 6 in reply, but Newcastle managed to reach their target without further loss.
The second eleven wrapped up their season with a loss to champions-elect Newcastle at Denton Bank. A fine 68 from Glenn Robertson and 50 not out from Will Taylor (following his 102 not out at South Northumberland the previous weekend) allowed the Hill to post 212 all out - some 40 or 50 runs less than 134 for 2 at one stage suggested! This was followed by a last-game-of-the season bowling and fielding performance which allowed Newcastle to reach their target with six wickets in hand.
Performance of the day was undoubtedly the West Tyne third elevens' victory over second placed Wylam. Batting first the Hill posted 143 for 9 in their 42 overs, thanks to 51 from skipper David Ladd, 33 from Dan Hunter and 32 from Darshana Thiranaga. The Hill bowlers (Jewitt 4 for 15, Thiranaga 3 for 24, Rushton 2 for 18 and Hanley 1 for 22) then bowled out the home side for 102 for a fine and unexpected win.
It's Present's Day tomorrow (Sunday 23 August) and a Benwell Hill XI will take on a President's Select XI at 1.30 pm. The two teams are as follows:
President's XI: Phil Nicholson, John Chambers, Lee Crozier, Martin Coy, Joe Kilpatrick, Ali Maiden, Joe Moore, David Rutherford, John Windows, Rick Windows, James Welch.
Benwell Hill XI: Matthew Rodger, Alasdair Appleby, Sameet Brar, Jack Clark, Mark Dale, Peter Halliday, David Haxon, Zohaib Khan, Graeme Race, Ben Smith, Max Williamson.
There will also be a short ceremony to unveil a plaque in memory of former club chairman Alan March who died earlier this year, and there will also be an awards ceremony to celebrate a very successful first year for the Benwell Hill Ladies team.
U19s 'Super Over' Triumph!
Congratulations to the Benwell Hill Under 19 team led by captain Will Taylor who won the first ECB T20 competition in a sensational final in front of a big crowd at Alnmouth on Sunday (9 August). In the final against a strong Stocksfield side, the Hill won the 'Super Over' after the scores finished level on 130 after 20 overs each.
Batting first, the Hill scored 130 for 3 after their 20 overs led by Alasdair Appleby who hit 51 from 29 balls before he had to retire. Stocksfield were seemingly in control of the game in reply reaching 86 for 2 after 11 overs before the Hill fought back in the second half of the innings until six were needed from the last over bowled by Joe Torre and four from the last ball. The Stocksfield batsmen somehow scampered three runs to level the scores meaning that we needed a 'Super Over' to decide the winners.
Stocksfield scored seven from their over bowled by Hill skipper Will Taylor and then Alasdair hit two boundaries to spark off great celebrations among the Benwell Hill contingent. The Hill’s bowling and fielding from all 11 players under severe pressure was fantastic and was the key to winning the trophy.
Earlier Benwell Hill defeated the hosts Alnmouth and Lesbury in the semi final, restricting the hosts to 107 for 7 in 20 overs before Alasdair Appleby again led the charge to victory scoring 53 not out from 34 balls. Once again our fielding efforts were key, three stumpings for Ben Smith and just one wide conceded in 20 overs was a great effort to set up that great finale against Stocksfield who had earlier beaten Tilside in their semi final.
So well done to the Hill lads in bringing back the trophy after a long day up at Alnmouth in what was a great team effort. Many thanks to Ian Wardle and Ben Cuthbertson from the Northumberland Cricket Board for organising the day and also to our hosts from Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club for their efforts in putting on a great event.
Weekend Round Up
The first eleven hung on for a draw against Blaydon on Saturday (8 August) at Denton Bank. Set 253 in 55 overs the Hill closed on 203 for 8 after a late flurry of wickets nullified the run-chase.
The second eleven had a comfortable eight wicket win at Blaydon and the West Tyne third eleven recorded a fine 32 run win over former landlords Stamfordham.
The NEPL third eleven may have seriously damaged their chances of winning the league after collapsing from 56 for 1 to 108 all out after bowling out a young South Shields side for 116 at Denton Bank on Sunday (9 August).
There are two tour matches next week.
First up is Boston Cricket Club at Denton Bank on Monday 10 August. The lads from Boston visited a few years ago and provided good opposition on the cricket field and good customers at the bar!
On Wednesday (12 August) we make our annual pilgrimage north to beautiful Bambugh to play Bamburgh Castle Cricket Club.
Anyone interested in playing in either of the above games should contact Phil Haves.
Weekend Round Up
Benwell Hill give two 15-year-old cricketers their first taste of North East Premier League cricket on Saturday (1 August). Unfortunately both Luke Mussett and Max Williamson were unable to enjoy the delights of victory as hosts Hetton Lyons dismissed the Hill for 145 having been set 194 to win.
The second eleven comfortably beat Hetton Lyons by eight wickets at Denton Bank. The third eleven recorded a 97 run win over Matfen whilst Sunday's (2 August) NEPL third eleven game at Brandon was abandoned due to rain. The hosts had been bowled out for 176 in 42.4 overs.
Weekend Round Up
Benwell Hill and Tynemouth contrived to produce a thrilling finish to the first eleven game at Denton Bank on Saturday (25 July) evening.
Tynemouth had set the Hill 246 to win in 56 overs but late afternoon rain reduced that 45 overs, and the Hill needed every ball of those 45 overs!
With four overs remaining the Hill required 24 to win off the last four overs with seven wickets in hand, but the loss off two quick wickets and a maiden in the penultimate over left the Hill needing seven off the last over. The first ball of the over was hit for four by Mark Dale. The second ball was a dot, the third ball went for two and the scores were tied at 245 for 5. Two dot balls followed. Mark Dale, much to the relief of the home supporters, hit the final ball of the game for four to give the Hill victory in a thrilling game enjoyed by all.
A weakened second eleven lost by seven wickets at Tynemouth whilst the third eleven suffered a similar fate at the hands of Allendale. Sunday's third eleven game against was abandoned at the half-way stage due to rain. The Hill had batted first making 202 for 9 with 14-year-old Rory Hanley making 68.
Northumberland at the Hill
Northumberland County Cricket Club pay a rare visit to Denton Bank on Sunday (26 July) when they face Lincolnshire in the MCCA Unicorns Trophy semi-final. The game starts at 11.00 am.
Anyone intending coming along on Sunday should be advised that on-going roadworks on Denton Bank may restrict parking close to the ground and you may have to park in the streets nearby. Could we ask you to park thoughtfully if you park in the neighbouring streets.
Weekend Round Up
Wins for both first and second elevens was tempered by a narrow loss by the West Tyne third eleven on Saturday (18 July).
The first eleven beat South Shields by four wickets to move above the 'Sand Dancers' in the table. Having bowled the home side out for 147 Phil Nicholson's side reached their target with little fuss to register back to back league wins.
The second eleven beat Sacriston by seven wickets thanks to a typical 90 from David Haxon, (i.e. dropped on nought, nervy for those seasoned Haxon watchers until he reaches 30 and then finally a certain grace as he guides the side to victory! Earlier in the day Paul Askell was easily the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3 for 22 of 12 overs in Sacriston's score of 190 for 6.
The third eleven having been bowled out for 104 had visitors Newton, 65 for 9 but failed to take the final wicket as Newton claimed victory at Riding Mill, despite Darshana Thrianga taking 5 for 24 off his 12 overs.
Later . . . Weekend Round Up
A little later than normal a quick look at last weekend's action.
A much needed win for the first eleven came courtesy of an 87 run win over Whitburn on Saturday (11 July) at Denton Bank. Batting first the Hill produced another indifferent batting performance and were grateful for a last wicket stand of 47 from Joe Kilpatrick (28) and Matthew Rodger (12*). The Hill were bowled out for 181 in 62.1 overs.
In contrast to the batting the bowling was much more recognisable and Whitburn were soon in trouble as Joe Kilpatrick removed the dangerous Dan Shurben and Michael Turns at the top of the innings. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 94 with Zohaib Khan picking up three wickets to go with the 44 runs earlier in the day. There was also three wickets for the ever reliable Matthew Muchall.
The second eleven lost by four wickets at Sunderland despite have the opposition 31 for 5 in pursuit of 163. The West Tyne third eleven lost by 106 runs at Stocksfield.
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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