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.
update:Tuesday 31 May 2016
Junior Practice Times
Junior practice takes place every Tuesday evening at Benwell Hill Cricket Club. We are always happy to see new faces and everyone is welcome. Timings are as follows:
Under 11 4.30 to 5.30 Under 13 5.30 to 7.00 Under 17 7.00 to 8.30
Weekend Round Up
The first eleven got their 2016 T20 campaign off to a great start with a 10 wicket win over Whitburn on Friday evening at Denton Bank. Asked to bat first on a wicket still suffering from the effects of two days heavy rain, the visitors were bundled out for a paltry 54. The Hill required only six overs to reach their target. Boldon are next up on Friday (3 June) in the second round of group B matches.
The wicket still hadn't dried out by the time the Hill were asked to bat first themselves by the Durham Cricket Academy on Saturday (28 May), and consequently were bowled out by the the young Durham cricketers for 155. The cricket academy reached their target with four wickets in hand.
The West Tyne 3rd XI moved to top of the West Tyne League after swatting aside Newton by 225 runs. Batting, first Andrew Dawson's side (captaining the side in the absence of the newly married Dan Hunter) plundered runs for fun against a bewildered Newton attack. Chief amongst the tormentors was Darshana Thiranga who made 109 not out as the Hill declared on 254 for 5 declared. Newton were then skittled out for only 29 inside 17 overs enabling the Hill to move seven points clear at the top of the league.
The Sunday NEPL third eleven lost heavily to Tynemouth, going down by nine wickets after the home side had bowled the Hill out for 68.
The highlight of the weekend came in the Banks Salver game at Gosforth on Bank Holiday Afternoon. Adam Hickey hit 204 not out against South Northumberland in 45 overs to set a new individual batting record for Benwell Hill Cricket Club as he surpassed Nick Craig's 175, a record which has stood since 1978. Hickey's 204 came off 142 balls and included 15 fours and 13 sixes in an display of magnificent and powerful strokeplay. The fact that the home side chose to field a below strength side will not devalue the quality of Adam's innings. The Hill made 336 for 3 in 45 overs. The game ended with the ten men of South Northumberland 57 for 8 in the 21st over and their last batsman unable to bat due injury.
Team selections for Thursday 26 May to Monday 30 May can be found here.
Weekend Round Up
A mixed bag of results for our senior sides over the weekend saw the first eleven come away from South Northumberland on Saturday (21 May) with a hard earned draw. The second eleven lost in the reverse game by 14 runs at Denton Bank in a low scoring game whilst the NEPL third eleven also lost to South Northumberland by 9 runs in yet another low scoring game at Denton Bank on Sunday. The West Tyne third eleven were our only side to taste victory with a 7 run win over Humshaugh to maintain their challenge at the top of the West Tyne League.
Despite having the hosts 109 for 5 at lunch the first eleven let South Northumberland off the hook, allowing them to post 243 for 9 in 63 overs. In reply the Hill had the last pair at the crease when the game ended still 41 runs short of victory.
The second eleven contrived to lose a game they really should have won. Five dropped catches cost them dearly and failed to back up a good bowling performance as they allowed South Northumberland to reach 172 before finally being bowled out. In reply too many of the hill’s senior batsmen played injudicious shots and it was left to 15-year-old Joe Anderson to bring a degree of maturity to the Hill batting. He faced 77 balls for 57 and was last man out at 158 after adding 63 for the last wicket with Paul Askel who made 24 not out.
The West Tyne third eleven were indebted to David Ladd’s 63 in a score of 154 for 6. Ladd’s contribution was backed up by the Hill’s strong bowling unit as Humshaugh were eventually eight runs short at the close.
Two more of the hill’s juniors were able to make an impression on those watching on Sunday at the Hill. 15-year-old William Archbold made 27 batting at number four and 14-year-old Ismael Ahmed, batting at nine and coming to the crease at 114 for 7 with the Hill still 46 runs short, almost steered the Hill to victory. The Hill had been set 160 to win after South Northumberland recovered from 100 for 8.
Weekend Round Up
For the second week in a row the 1st XI had to settle for a draw as visitors Whitburn put up stubborn resistance having been set 298 to win in 62 overs. Whitburn had reached 223 for 8 when play finally came to an end at approximately 8.15 pm.
Kyle Coetzer had won the toss earlier in the day and had elected to bat first on a bright, sunny but cool morning. 90 from Coetzer and 59 from Sameet Brar added a free scoring 138 for the fourth wicket propelled the Hill to 297 for 7 declared in 58 overs. In reply Whitburn lost the dangerous Dan Shurben first ball of the innings as he was caught in the gully by James Schofield of a brute of a ball from Paul van Meekeren. The Hill's bowlers failed to capitalize on their great start and Whitburn began countering at five an over. Despite the loss of four middle order wickets for the addition of only 21 runs the solid Joe Coyne (84 not out) kept the Hill at arms length to secure a draw for Whitburn.
The second eleven recorded back-to-back wins with a 22 run win over Whitburn. The Hill had declared at 245 for 7 off 50 overs largely thanks to Will Taylor (100) and skipper Joe Moore (50). The home side were soon in trouble at 16 for 2, they recovered somewhat but with 100 runs still needed and only two wickets in hand all seemed lost for Whitburn, but a combination of the Hill bowlers taking their foot off the gas and some expansive hitting brought the home side in sight of their target. Thankfully for the Hill the bowlers were able to re-focus and claim the last two wickets for victory.
The West Tyne third eleven beat Matfen by 68 runs after completely out-playing their hosts. The Hill made 134 a typical low and slow wicket with Darshana Thrianga top-scoring with 47 not out. 'Darsh' was again to the forefront of the bowling as his ten overs cost only 17 runs, picking up three wickets in the process. He was given fine support from Saud Shinwari 3 for 20, Mark Wright 2 for 13 and Joe Torre 2 for 5.
On a cold evening in Hexham last Friday, Benwell Hill’s Under 15 team defeated Tynedale after an excellent game to win the Hamilton Cup.
In a game where the batting was considerably better than the bowling and fielding from both teams, The Hill batted first and scored 144 for 2 in their 20 overs. Captain Rory Hanley scored a classy 50 before retiring and was helped along by opening partner Joe Fletcher who continued his recent good form with 25. Joe Anderson capped an excellent week with the bat with a hard hitting 37 while William Archbold finished the innings with a six out of the ground.
Tynedale made a spirited reply, and although they were helped along by several dropped catches, they kept themselves in the game and finished just short on 137 for 3 after their 20 overs. So the Hill held on, and we were delighted that Christine Hamilton and son David were present at the game to present the trophy, named in memory of Christine's late husband Neil, to Benwell Hill captain Rory Hanley.
Weekend Round Up
Two wins, a draw and a narrow defeat were the outcome of our senior sides' encounters over the weekend.
The first eleven had to settle for a draw as low mist engulfed the Eppleton ground on Saturday (7 May) evening forcing the abandonment of the game. Earlier in the day Kyle Coetzer had won the toss and had elected to bat. Fifties from Coetzer (62), Jack Clark (58) and Adam Hickey (51) laid the foundation for a Hill declared total of 222 for 9 of 57 overs. The home side had reached 132 for 5 when play was suspended and ultimately ended for the day.
The second eleven recorded their first win of the season with a comfortable six wicket win over Sacriston at Denton Bank. The visitors chose to bat first, something which they probably regretted almost immediately as they found themselves 1 for 3 after only 13 balls. Thanks to a gutsy 61 from skipper Andrew Dixon enabled Sacriston to reach 90 all out in the 23rd overs. Leighton Hopper returning fine figures of 5 for 21 off eight overs. Despite losing David Haxon and Will Taylor with only two on the board, the Hill recovered their poise to reach their target with six wickets in hand.
The West Tyne third eleven lost narrowly to fellow table toppers Stocksfield at Riding Mill. Batting first the scored 177 for 7 largely due to a chance-less 96 from 16-year-old Rory Hanley, an innings which contained 15 fours. Stocksfield reached their target with only three balls reaming in the game, Darshana Thiranga the pick of the Hill bowlers returning 3 for 23 off 12 overs.
The NEPL third eleven finally set foot on the greensward on Sunday (8 May) at Brandon and were worthy winners, winning by 29 runs. Two more of the Hill's junior cricketers were at the fore as the Hill posted 244 for 2 off their 45 overs. Joe Fletcher carried his bat for 82 whilst Joe Anderson hit a quick 54 off 38 balls all this was added to by an 'old hand' in Dan Hunter who scored 75 at almost a run-a-ball. In reply Brandon were bowled out for 215 with eight balls remaining.
Weekend Round Up
Heavy overnight rain delayed the start of proceedings at Denton Bank until 3.15 pm on Saturday (30 April).
The visitors, Stockton, won the toss and had no hesitation in putting the Hill into bat on a damp wicket. The Hill were able to post 132 for 6 off their 31 overs thanks to 20s from Jack Clark, Adam Hickey, Kyle Coetzer and Sameet Brar. Stockton had 26 overs to bat out for a draw, but were put under pressure immediately from the Benwell Hill bowlers as they found themselves 14 for 3. Three more wickets fell before time ran out for the Hill as the game ended in a draw.
The second eleven's game at Stockton was postponed because of an unfit outfield.
No such problems for the West Tyne third eleven who recovered from 6 for 3 to post 183 for 9 at Stamfordham. Andrew Dawson top scoring with 61 not out was given good support from Luke Mussett (43), Darshana Thiranga (26) and Shaun Rushton (20). Stamfordham suffered a major setback as Ismael Ahmed claimed his first senior wicket having the dangerous Ian Donkin caught for nought. Despite middle order resistance the home side were bowled out for 62, Thiranga taking 4 for 9 off eight overs.
Sunday's (1 May) 3rd XI game against Stockton and Monday's Bank Bowl game at Newcastle were both postponed due to wet grounds.
News Round Up
Despite the sub zero temperatures Junior Coaching is underway at Denton Bank and more than 60 youngsters have already signed up. Our target for 2016 is 100 so we are on track.
The old stagers Pearson, Dawson, Williamson, Jewitt and Lunn have been buoyed by the new coaching regime headed up by Cricket Development Manager Kyle Coetzer. Kyle and the new 'Overseas' Paul Van Meekeren have been impressed by the skill and enthusiasm shown so far by our young players - hopefully that will translate into success on the field as the competitive fixtures get underway in May.
The Club is also delighted to have Bruce Storey on board having joined the Hill as a new member of the Coaching staff- Bruce is a former Northumberland player and Chairman of the Northumberland Coaches Association. As a Level 3 Coach and true lover of the game Bruce has a massive amount to offer.
During the winter it has been great to see our former 'Pro' Zohaib Khan achieving massive success in Pakistan Domestic cricket where he has just about cleaned up. Zohaib has been in touch with the V.C. to wish the Club every success in 2016 - if he does not make the Pakistan touring team this summer it will be a complete travesty!
Finally, it is gratifying when the really good guys achieve some recognition. The one and only Barry Pearson has been invited to attend the First Test v Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge as a guest of the ECB as a thank you for his contribution to the game. Quite right too!
Matchball Sponsorship 2016
Once again we offer you the opportunity to sponsor the matchballs throughout the coming season.
For as little as £25 you can sponsor the matchball for any 1st or 2nd XI game in 2016.
Anyone interested should contact Phil Nicholson on 07778 738434.
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.
(It make take a while to download as it is a big file. To keep the pdf and not to have to download it everytime, you may have to 'Save As' from your browser menu bar.)