update: Wednesday 26 August 2015
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Team selections for this weekend can be found here.
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.
Weekend Round Up
The first eleven suffered a third consecutive defeat on Saturday (4 July) as Gateshead Fell inflicted a two run defeat on the Hill at Eastwood Gardens. All seemed to be going well for the Hill as the home side were bowled out for 77, four wickets each for Matthew Rodger and Zohaib Khan. Unfortunately the batting frailties that have plagued the Hill in the last few weeks surfaced as the Fell's Durham player Barry McCarthey wreaked havoc taking 7 for 11 as the Hill subsided to 75 all out.
Back at the Hill the second eleven swept aside Gateshead Fell by 84 runs in a game that didn't start until 4.00pm. Winning the toss and batting the Hill had 24 overs but declared with two overs remaining on 118 for 4 with John Chambers making 64 not out. The visitor's reply had reached 22 when the first wicket fell, the remaining nine wickets fell for the addition of only 12 runs as Gateshead Fell were bowled out for 34.
The West Tyne third eleven suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of league leaders Haltwhistle losing by 185 runs.
On Sunday (5 July) the second eleven relinquished their hold on the Banks Bowl losing on run rate to Chester-le-Street at Denton Bank. The NEPL third eleven beat Chester-le-Street thirds by 46 runs thanks to 70 from Andrew Dawson and a maiden senior half-century from 15-year-old Joe Fletcher.
And finally, the first eleven lost by seven wickets to South Northumberland on Friday (3 July) evening in the quarter-final of the Cooperative Funeralcare T20 Cup.
Congratulations to Doug Bramfitt who celebrated his 90th Birthday on Saturday (27 June). One of life's Gentlemen and a long time member of Benwell Hill Cricket Club, Doug can be seen on most Saturday's during the season watching the cricket and, during the week, occasionally enjoying a wee dram!
On behalf of everyone at Benwell Hill Cricket Club we wish Doug many happy returns!
Weekend Round Up
Another week and another tale of woe! The first eleven suffered another heavy defeat, losing by 216 runs to Newcastle on Saturday (27 June) at Denton Bank. Asked to chase 277 in 62 overs the Hill were bowled out for 60. The second eleven's chances of retaining their league title looked to have almost disappeared as they lost by seven wickets at Newcastle. They were bowled out for 110 - which represents something of recovery - having been 22 for 8 at one point, but a gutsy 44 from 15-year-old Max Williamson and some lusty hitting from Paul Askell (31 not out) enabled them to reach some sort of respectability.
The West Tyne 3rd XI beat bottom of the table by seven wickets to maintain their good form whilst the NEPL third eleven lost by three wickets.
On Friday (26 June) the first eleven beat Sacriston by 56 runs to reach the quarter-final stage of the Cooperative Funeralcare T20 Cup. They will now meet South Northumberland at Gosforth on Friday evening (3 July).
More Reflection (part 2) . . .
Because of a technical problem we were unable to add the following news story to our Reflections feature (see below). Our apologies for those concerned.
The under 11 side recorded a fine win on Sunday (21 June) beating by Ponteland by net 99 runs. Two outstanding features of the game were Dylan Newton's bowling figures of 2-1-2-3, which included a hat-trick and there were two wickets for Annie Anderson.
Have A Hit
Benwell Hill Cricket Club is hosting a ‘Have a Hit’ session
‘Have a Hit’ sessions aim to introduce new female cricketers to the game as well as helping the existing players. Anyone aged 13 or over is welcome to come along and join in. Sessions are free of charge and will be run by club coaches and ECB coaches.
The first session gets underway on at 6.00 pm on Friday 26 June from 6pm. If you are interested or would like further information then contact Euan Stenhouse on 07760 223033 or email@example.com
Reflections . . .
After the unfortunate events at the Bull Ring on Saturday the V.C. Simon Lunn was moved to pen some reflections for the website...
I am already a fan of the new England Coach Trevor Bayliss - he is clearly a man with perspective - after surviving a terrorist attack he says he will never get carried away by a game of cricket. Bayliss believes in hard work and solid core cricketing principles but he believes that ultimately it's just a game. Brendan McCallum has voiced similar thoughts and I am not sure there is a tougher competitor than him - or a better team than the one he leads.
All our teams - Firsts down to Under 11's - have had their moments of success and failure so far this year but as we get towards half way in the season it is all to play for. Cups to be won and at the very least top three league placings to be fought for. Good luck to all in your endeavours - individually and collectively.
From a Club perspective the work is forever ongoing - the Committee have kicked off the tortuous process of formulating a bid to Sport England to further improve our facilities. Already this year steps have been made to improve the showers, the female toilet facilities and the kitchen whilst the Groundsman is very happy with his new cutter. All these things cost lots of money and we are deeply grateful to all those who make contributions in so many ways to the tremendous institution that is Benwell Hill Cricket Club.
Onwards and upwards!!!
More Reflections . . .
With Lunny in reflective mood we thought we should throw one or two more of his general musings out there . . .
Congratulations to Alastair Appleby for his selection for Northumberland 's Minor Counties 3-Day team;
Congratulations to Luke Mussett for 6 wickets for Northumberland Under 15's in a win v Durham;
Good luck to Max Williamson in his quest for selection for the North of England U-15 teams;
Good luck to the Physios in their endeavours to restore the hamstrings of Messrs Nicholson and Dale;
Congratulations to Shaun Rushton on batting and bowling PB's inside two weeks - one for the unsung hero if ever there was. . .
a general plea to ask all members to cease organising weddings in the summer months!
Finally, if anyone needs a lift anywhere - and we mean anywhere, please get in touch with the former owner T. S. Williamson who is back on the road after two years three months two weeks two days and twelve hours. He will be delighted to oblige and of course, it'll be FREE!!!
Weekend Round Up
The good news first!
The West Tyne third eleven recorded their fourth win of the season with a fine win over Newton on Saturday (20 June), a win which leaves them comfortably placed in mid-table. Newton won the toss and elected to bat first but were soon regretting that decision as Shaun Rushton tore into the home side's top order leaving Newton struggling at 5 for 3. A middle order recovery allowed Newton to reach 133 for 9 off their 42 overs. In reply the Hill began steadily but a slight wobble in the middle threatened to de-rail the Hill's charge towards victory, but 60 not out from Andrew Dawson and 19 not out from 14-year-old Joe Fletcher saw the Hill home with five overs to spare.
The NEPL third eleven sit proudly at the top of the NEPL Sunday Division 1 after a four wicket win at Hetton Lyons on Sunday (21 June). Set 221 to win in 45 overs Shaun Rushton's side reached their target also with five overs to spare.
Now the bad news!
Despite fielding a weakened side at South Northumberland the first eleven travelled in good heart after wins over Ledgate in the Tyneside Charity Bowl and Blaydon in the T20. What happened at Gosforth was completely unexpected from a side who had looked competitive in their four previous league games.
South Northumberland recovered from 75 for 5 to post 237 for 7 declared, thus leaving the Hill 46 overs to chase down the home side's total. 14.3 overs into that 46 and the game was over as the Hill were simply swept aside for an all time NEPL low of 29 all out. A day to forget, consign to history and move on!
The second eleven fared marginally better hanging on for a draw with the last pair at the crease.
The first eleven are in cup action on Wednesday (17 June) when they meet Ledgate in the quarter-finals of the Tyneside Charity Bowl. The game starts at 6.00 pm and the following team will face the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League outfit: Graeme Race*, Alasdair Appleby, Sameet Brar, Peter Halliday, Leighton Hopper, Peter Jones, Zohaib Khan, Joe Kilpatrick, Joe Moore, Luke Mussett and Will Taylor.
Weekend Round Up
Both first and third eleven games were brought to a premature end on Saturday tea-time as persistent rain on Tyneside forced the abandonment of both games.
The first eleven game was evenly poised with the Hill 54 for 2 in pursuit of Stockton's 223. Matthew Muchall returned magnificent figures of 8 for 60 off 17 overs to bring his total for the season to 28 wickets.
The thirds were staring down a barrel when the rain saved them at Riding Mill. Having dismissed the Hill for 111, visitors Stocksfield were 55 for when the rain came.
No such misfortunes on Teesside for the second eleven who picked up 29 points on a day when most of their rivals were washed out. Batting first the Hill posted 193 for 6 declared before bowling out Stockton for 119.
On Sunday the second's began their defence of the T20 Trophy with comfortable wins over Sacriston and Hetton Lyons in the group stage. The now await the outcome of the quarter-final draw which will take place in the non too distant future.
The second eleven are in cup action on Tuesday (9 June) evening when the meet Boldon at the Hill in the James Bell Memorial Cup. The game starts at 6.00 pm.
On Wednesday the West Tyne eleven hope to make progress in the League Cup when they entertain Matfen at Denton Bank. The game starts at 6.15 pm and the following have been selected:
David Ladd, Andrew Dawson, Leighton Hopper, Dan Hunter, Matthew Hynd, Luke Mussett, Glenn Robertson, Shaun Rushton, Saud Shinwari, Peter. Smith, Darshana Thiranga.
Weekend Round Up
A game which continually swung one way then another finally produced an entertaining draw as Benwell Hill and Chester-le-Street shared the spoils at Denton Bank on Saturday (6 June) in conditions more suitable for kite flying!
The visitors won the toss and batted but soon lost wickets and reached the lunch break at 90 for 6. The loss of the seventh wicket immediately after lunch left the Cestrians in deep trouble at 115-7.
However, a partnership of 141 between opening bowlers Mark Turner (119*) and Graeme Cessford (67) propelled Chester-le-Street to a declaration at 275 for 8 after 58 overs, setting the Hill a target as testing as the conditions.
The Hill responded with admirable and stubborn determination, particularly skipper Phil Nicholson who's 58 off 108 balls was ended by a particularly fast leg stump Yorker from Graeme Cessford. Nicko's example was followed by the rest of the batting line-up, notably 17-year-old Alasdair Appleby who displayed signs of the maturity to match his undoubted talent – the reverse sweep notwithstanding – in an innings of 38. Zohaib Khan and Sameet Brar added runs in quick time and as the score reached 200, with overs and wickets in hand, an unlikely win seemed possible.
Unfortunately Brar was bowled for 32 whilst Khan perished to a catch on the boundary leaving the Hill to bat out the remaining overs finishing 25 runs short of their target with three wickets in hand.
The second eleven are still searching for the spark that saw them sweep all before them last season as they lost by four wickets at Chester-le-Street. Batting first they were dismissed for 167, skipper Joe Moore top scoring with 48. Two wickets with only one run on the board give the Hill hope but the home side recovered the poise and reached their target to claim maximum points.
The West Tyne third eleven continued their recent good form with a win over much fancied Wylam with a 79 run win. The Hill took first use of the Riding Mill wicket and reached 176 for 9 off their allotted 42 overs. Saud Shinwari, who continues to impress with both bat and ball, scored 24 and together with a stoic 20 from skipper David Ladd allowed Mark Wright free reign to strike the ball as only Mark can. His 64 included five fours and five sixes.
The Hill's all-seam attack then set about the task of bowling out Wylam and did so with ten overs remaining in the game. Darshana Thiranga the pick of the bowlers with fine figures of 9-5-13-3. There was also three wickets for Mark Wright and Shaun Rushton.
On Friday evening the first eleven lost heavily to Chester-le-Street at Denton Bank in the Co-operative Funeralcare T20. The visitors batted first and posted a formidible 191 for 6. The Hill reached 116 for 7 at the close. The Hill travel to Washington this Friday (12 June) in their third group game.
Sunday (7 June) produced wins for the second eleven and the NEPL third eleven.
Joe Moore's second eleven dispatched Willington with the minimum of fuss in the Banks Salver winning by seven wickets to set up a quarter-final at Denton Bank with Chester-le-Street on Sunday 5 July.
The third eleven beat Newcastle by 54 runs at Riding Mill. Batting first the Hill were bowled out for 164 with skipper Matthew Rodger top scoring with 47. In reply the visitors were almost swept aside before their reply got underway, finding themselves 17 for 7.
Remarkably they managed to reach 110 before Nevendra Boyapati took the last wicket in the 36th over, although bowling spoils went to vice-captain Shaun Rushton who returned bowling figures of 6 for 34 off nine overs.
Ladies in terrific form
The newly formed Benwell Hill girls'/womens' team continue with their good run of fun and enjoyable cricket in the Northumberland Women's cricket league. On Wednesday night the team pitched up at Newcastle CC to face a determined opposition looking for a home win. Winning the toss, the Benwell Hill ladies put the home team into bat and quickly realised that batting was the opposition's strength.
Newcastle notched up a total of 114 in 20 overs which would have been significantly higher particularly if it wasn't for the excellent fielding of Kate Dawson, prowling the boundary stopping numerous unwanted fours, and wicket takers Amy McDonnell (two) and Ellen Williamson as well as run outs by both Amy McDonnell and Sally Anderson. Unfortunately, Sally Anderson failed to hold onto a catch behind the wicket from daughter Annie's superb swing bowling. Niamh Brennan, Molly Brayson and Holly Noble all contributed significantly with their bowling, fielding and vocal efforts!
Chasing 114 was a tall order for the girls considering the teams' highest total so far this season was 93, but openers Holly Noble and Amy McDonnell started well. When Amy was dismissed with an LBW, Sally Anderson came into bat and developed a strong partnership with Holly. After Holly was caught, Molly Brayson came in, only for Sally to be soon walking off the pitch dismissed LBW for a fine 66. Annie Anderson came in to quickly knock the runs off with Molly to make it a decisive victory for the Benwell Hill girls.
Winning four matches out of six means that the team are currently sitting second place in the Northumbrian Women's Cricket league, but with imminent fixtures against Stocksfield (last year's winners) and Hexham Leazes (last year's runner's up) the girls will be happy to keep learning valuable lessons and enjoy their cricket.
Weekend Round Up
The NEPL 3rd XI's win at South Northumberland yesterday (Sunday 31 May) rounded off what was a more than a satisfactory weekend for Benwell Hill.
The first eleven got the weekend underway with a nine wicket win over South Shields in the opening game of this year's T20 competition. In a game truncated by late afternoon rain South Shields batted first and totaled 78 in their alloted 15 overs. The Hill required only 6.4 overs to reach their target largely thanks to 54 off 28 balls from Sameet Brar.
Phil Nicholson's side followed that win over South Shields with a fine win over near neighbours Blaydon on Saturday in the league. Winning the toss and batting first the Hill declared on 227 for 8 with Zohaib Khan registering his second ton of the season with 100 not out. The hosts were then bowled out for 84. Zohaib and Graeme Race each picking up three wickets.
The second eleven had the better of a drawn game at Denton Bank against Blaydon. The Hill batted first posting 238 for 6 declared, the highlight undoubtedly David Haxon's 123, an innings which included 13 fours and one six.
Despite a flurry of late wickets the Hill were unable to force their advantage home as the visitor's reply closed at 211 for 7.
The West Tyne eleven recorded their second win of the season with a 35 run win over Humshaugh. There were runs for Dan Hunter (48) and Saud Shinwari (32) in the Hill's total of 126 all out. Together with Darshana Thiranga who took 4 for 21, Saud then added 3 for 36 with the ball as Humshaugh were bowled out for 91.
And so to the NEPL third eleven who claimed their fourth win of the season with a comprehensive 60 run win over South Northumberland at Gosforth. 39 from skipper Matthew Rodger and 42 from Shaun Rushton enabled the Hill to reach 149 all out, but perhaps the real hero's of the day were a triumvirate of Hill junior bowlers who claimed seven of the wickets to fall. Under 15s Luke Mussett (2 for 13), Joe Barnes (2 for 13) and William Archbold (3 for 20) all playing a major part in South Northumberland's dismissal for 89.
First eleven crash out of Salver
First Division Seaham Harbour deservedly took their place in the quarter-finals of the Banks Salver following a two wicket win over a lackluster Benwell Hill at Denton Bank yesterday (Monday 25 May).
The Hill won the toss and batted posting 222 from their 45 overs largely due to 17 year-old Alasdiar Appleby's highest first eleven score of 72, an innings which included nine fours and one six from 106 balls.
Seaham Harbour recovered from the loss of an early wicket to make good progress in their chase of 223 and despite a late flurry of wickets were always in command. The Hill produced an indifferent display in the field and as the visitors reached their winning target with 11 balls remaining.