update: Monday 1 September 2014
Weekend Round Up
An eight wicket win over Stockton on Saturday (30 August) now sees the second eleven twelve points clear at the top of the table, and whilst the Hill have two games remaining their closest rivals have only one game left. If they were to win on Saturday (6 September) against Chester-le-Street at Denton Bank, they will almost certainly be crowned Champions!
Stockton provided little resistance as they were bowled out for 80 in 22 overs. Joe Kilpatrick taking 6 for 42. Despite the loss of Matty Hynd and Leighton Hopper, The Hill needed only 13 overs to reach their target with David Haxon top-scoring with 49 not out.
The first eleven had the better of a high-scoring draw at Stockton. Batting first the Hill declared on 239 for 6 in 60 overs. There were runs from most of the batsmen, particularly Sameet Brar who top-scored with 73. The 240 to win seemed to be beyond Stockton as the Hill reduced the home side to 150 for 6, but a stand of 88 for the seventh wicket saw the game close with Stockton two short of their target.
The West Tyne third eleven lost by three wickets to Haltwhistle at Stamfordham.
The NEPL third eleven chased down 200 to beat South Northumberland on Sunday (31 August) at Denton Bank. Skipper for the day in the absence of Scott Williamson, Leighton Hopper took 3 for 34 with the ball and then hit 104 off 70 balls (12 fours and 4 sixes) to produce a true captain's performance. The third eleven can still win their league next Sunday in their final game.
To do so they must beat Blaydon, claim maximum points and deny Blaydon no more than one point for the Hill to have two champion teams next weekend.
It's that simple!
Hill young stars selected for England Development Programme
Three of Benwell Hill Cricket Club's most promising young players, 16 year old Alasdair Appleby and 14 year olds Luke Mussett and Max Williamson, have been selected to take part in ECB England Development Programme Talent Tests at the ECB National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University.
Luke will be attending the 'ECB U14 Fast Bowlers' talent tests on 30-31 August, Max will be attending the 'ECB U14 Spin Bowlers' talent tests on 1-2 September, and Alasdair will be attending the 'ECB U16 batsmen' talent tests on 14-15 September.
The best wishes of everyone at Benwell Hill go to the boys. It's a fantastic opportunity and deserved recognition following great performances this season for both Benwell Hill and Northumberland.
Ice Bucket Challenges
Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July-August 2014.
The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.
The photographs show two of our members, Catherine Cockburn (above) and our very own 'Barfly' Jimmy Mottram rising to the challenge!
This weeks selections can be found here. They can also be found via the club's Twitter feed.
Weekend Round Up
Following their win in the Final of the T20 competition the previous weekend, the second eleven won the Banks Bowl on Monday (25 August) beating Boldon by six wickets at Boldon.
The hosts batted first and looked set to post a score in excess of 200 as they reached the half-way stage 111 with all their wickets intact. It was the introduction of slow bowlers Peter Jones and Will Taylor, that the Hill began to make in-roads into the Boldon batting and 111/0 soon became 125 for 6. Boldon eventually reached 162 for 8 off 45 overs. Peter finishing with 3 for 32 off nine overs and Will with 4 for 21 also off nine.
Boldon clearly needed early wickets but were made to wait until the Hill had passed the half-way mark when David Haxon, top-scoring with 42, was dismissed with 85 on the board. Will (33) and Alasdair Appleby (38) took the hill within reach of the total, but it was somehow fitting that the winning blow was struck by the captain, Joe Moore. Taylor picked the man-of-the-match award for his all-round effort.
As with the first eleven, who won the Banks Salver for the first time last season, this is the first time a Benwell Hill second eleven have won the Banks Bowl. Which is clearly something to celebrate!
Saturday's (23 August) games were all ended by rain. At the Hill the first eleven had Hetton Lyons 129 for 3 when the rain arrived. There was no play at Hetton in the second eleven game, and at Stocksfield the home side were 83 for 3 when proceedings were ended because of the weather. The NEPL third eleven lost heavily to South Shields on Sunday (24 August).
Weekend Round Up
Joe Moore's second eleven enjoyed a wonderful weekend as they moved to the top of the league on Saturday (16 August) and on Sunday (17 August) they lifted the Cooperative Funeralcare 2nd XI T20 Trophy.
On Saturday they comfortably beat Sacriston by eight wickets at Denton Bank while the league leaders, South Northumberland, were losing heavily at Tynemouth. The Hill bowled out Sacriston for 117 inside 36 overs as Joe Kilpatrick (4 for 34) and Caleb Jones (3 for 43) brought their combined total for the season to 57 wickets. In reply the Hill lost Ben Mussett and David Haxon, but a mature fifty from Ben Smith and a robust 37 from Leighton Hopper enabled Joe Moore's side to open up a 14 point gap at the top of the table with a game in hand over both second and third place teams.
The action moved on to Gateshead Fell Cricket Club on Sunday for the re-arranged Finals Day of the 2nd XI T20 competition. Batting first against Newcastle in the second semi-final, the Hill totaled 150 for 4 largely due to a second wicket partnership of 135 between the skipper, Joe Moore, and Alasdair Appleby. Joe's innings of 68 came off 62 balls including five fours and three sixes. Alasdair, finding late season form with the bat, hit 64 off 47 balls with three fours and three sixes. Newcastle offered a spirited response and at the half-way stage were well up with the run rate, but the loss of three wickets with the score on 86 and another three by the time they had added a further 12 runs left their innings in tatters at 98 for 8. They were eventually bowled out for 104 with Peter Jones return the magnificent figures of 5 for 10 off four overs including one maiden.
Brandon, who earlier in the day had beaten the hosts Gateshead Fell in the first semi-final, provided the opposition in the final. The Hill batted first and again were able to post another imposing total as they reached 156/8. There were contributions from David Haxon (20), John Chambers (22), and not for the first time this season, Leighton Hopper, who hit three fours and three sixes in a 25-ball 46. Leighton would later be declared the sponsors Man-of-the-match for an innings which probably sealed Brandons fate. In reply Brandon reached 119 for 7 leaving a jubilant Hill to pick up their first silverware of season.
On Saturday the first eleven beat bottom of the table Gateshead Fell by seven wickets. Zohaib Khan producing yet another 'pro's performance' with 6 for 33 with the ball and 45 not out with the bat. There was also a season's best from Sameet Brar who made 84.
The third eleven after losing the toss had to endure a spiteful Stamfordham wicket and were bowled out for only 41 as they lost by seven wickets to Matfen. The NEPL third eleven lost to league leaders Newcastle by 36 runs at the Hill on Sunday.
There was further heartache for the the under 18 XI who, for the second season running, lost in the final of the Lingarde Cup, on this occasion to Blagdon on Friday (15 August) evening.
More Cup Action for the Second Eleven
The second eleven are in cup action again on Wednesday (20 August) against Tynemouth in the semi-finals of the Roseworth Trophy at Denton Bank. The game starts at 6.00 pm. Then on Bank Holiday Monday (25 August) they take on Boldon in the final of the Banks Bowl (League Cup) at Boldon. The game starts at 1.30 pm. Meanwhile the third eleven meet Newcastle City in the quarter-finals of the Appleby Cup on Friday (22 August), which is a 6.00 pm start.
The first and under 18 elevens both reached cup finals during the week. The first eleven beat Whitburn by nine runs to reach the final of the AM Brown Memorial Cup. They will meet either (deep breath!) Burnopfield, Blaydon or Shotley Bridge on Sunday 7 September at Blaydon Cricket Club. More details when available.
The under 18 eleven reached the final of the Lingarde Cup for the second season running following a convincing win over Tillside. The now play Blagdon in the final on Friday (15 August) at Blagdon Hall. The game starts at 5.30 pm and all support would be very welcome.
The second eleven play Newcastle in the second semi-final of the re-arranged Cooperative Funeralcare 2nd XI T20 competition on Sunday (17 August) starting at 2.00 pm. The semi-final between hosts Gateshead Fell and Brandon, takes place at 11.00 am with the final due to be played at 5.20 pm. Again, all support would be welcomed by the team.
The first eleven have an opportunity to avenge Saturday's heavy defeat to Whitburn, as the two sides face each other on Tuesday (12 August) evening for a place in the final of the AM Brown Memorial Cup. The game, at Whitburn, starts at 6.00 pm and the following side has been selected: Matthew Muchall, Sameet Brar, Caleb Jones, Zohaib Khan, Joe Kilpatrick, Ross Marley Joe Moore, Luke Mussett, Graeme Race, Matthew Rodger, Will Taylor.
The U18 XI face Tillside this evening (Monday 11 August) in the semi-final of the Lingarde Cup at Denton Bank at 6.00 pm. The winners will play either Stocksfield or Blagdon in the final.
NB: The final of the Banks Bowl, Boldon 2nd XI v. Benwell Hill 2nd XI, will now take place at Boldon on Monday 25 August and NOT as previously suggested Sunday 24 August. The game starts at 1.30 pm.
The Finals Day of the Cooperative Funeralcare T20 competition was washed out due to rain yesterday (10 August). The finals will now take place next Sunday (17 August) with the Hill due to meet Newcastle in the second semi-final at 2.00 pm. The event is being hosted by Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, who meet Brandon in the first semi-final at 11.00 am. The final will take place at 5.20 pm.
Weekend Round Up
Both first and second elevens were in involved in games that resulted in ten wicket wins. Unfortunately for the first eleven they were on the receiving end as they produced possibly their worst display of the season. Batting first against Whitburn at Denton Bank on Saturday (9 August) they had reached 71 for 1 in the tenth but thereafter collapsed to 125 all out. Whitburn needed only 21 overs to reach their target.
The second eleven fared much better at South Shields bowling the hosts out for 72 inside 34 overs. Caleb Jones returning his best bowling figures for the club with 6 for 25 off 15 overs. Ben Mussett (40*) and David Haxon (34*) made short work of the 73 runs required to complete a comprehensive victory.
The third eleven suffered a 141 run defeat at Hexham Leazes. The NEPL third team's game at Hetton Lyons on Sunday (10 August) was cancelled due to rain.
Weekend Round Up
Joe Moore's second eleven are one step closer to lifting the Banks Bowl after they beat Tynemouth by 22 runs in a high scoring game at Denton Bank on Sunday (3 August).
The visitors won the toss and put the Hill in, and after an opening partnership of 53 from David Haxon (24) and Will Taylor, the Hill faithful enjoyed watching two of our junior cricketers put on 170 in 23 overs for the second wicket as 18-year-old Will and 16-year-old Alasdair Appleby put Tynemouth to the sword.
Despite a number of "lives" Alasdair made the most of his good fortune to record his maiden senior hundred scoring 106 off 78 balls, an innings which included 12 fours and two sixs. Will's 87 (six fours and a six) was the foundation that the Hill's total of 283 for 5 off 45 overs was built on. Tynemouth lost an early wicket in their reply and although they were always close to the required rate of 6.3 runs per over the Hill bowlers did just enough to secure their place in the final on Sunday 24 August, as Tynemouth finished on 261 for 9. They will now meet Boldon, who beat Washington in the other semi-final. The final, at Boldon, will start at 1.30pm.
Both the first eleven and third eleven games on Saturday (2 August) were washed out in mid-afternoon and the NEPL third eleven lost by 58 runs at Chester-le-Street on Sunday.
Following the successful 'Sound of Music' sing-along in the early spring the opportunity to enjoy a classic musical while singing along presents itself again on Monday 4 August in the club lounge when the John Travolta and Olivia Newton John musical 'Grease' takes centre stage. Tickets are on sale now and are priced £5.00, the proceeds of which go to St. Oswalds Hospice. The evening gets underway at 7.00 pm and everyone is encouraged to dress in Grease theme costume. Anyone wanting tickets should contact Muriel Dawson on 07845 391927.
Weekend Round Up
The weekend got off to the perfect start as the first eleven retained the Tyneside Charity Bowl after a 20 run win over Sacriston on Friday (25 July) evening. Batting first in front of large crowd the Hill posted 143 for 6 off their 20 overs. Zohaib Khan continued his excellent season form with 77 and there was also a classy 41 from Richard Coughtrie. Sacriston's reply was soon in trouble as three batsmen were dismissed with only 15 on the board. Despite the Sacriston professional making 62 the first division side fell 20 short at the end. The Hill have now won the Tyneside Charity Bowl six times out of the last eight seasons.
Benwell Hill Cricket Club, Tyneside Charity Bowl winners 2014.
Photograph courtesy Stuart Frisken.
Phil Nicholson's side followed Friday night's victory with a 54 run win at Tynemouth on Saturday (26 July). Batting first, the Hill totalled 209-7 with Richard Coughtrie making a top score of 72 from 117 balls and Zohaib Khan unbeaten on 46. But it was Khan the bowler who completely undid the home side with six wickets from 17.3 overs. They came at a personal cost of 43 runs with his last victim claimed with just nine balls of the game left as the hosts were bowled out for 155.
The second eleven had to settle for the better of a drawn game at Denton Bank as Tynemouth, chasing 222 to win, closed on 208 for 3. The Hill had taken first use of the wicket to post 221 for 7 off 52 overs, Dan Hunter (56) top scored with good support from David Haxon (39) and Joe Kilpatrick (31*). Tynemouth looked favourites at the half way stage of their innings but the loss of four wicket for seven runs began to even the game out as both sides settled for the draw.
The West Tyne third eleven were a little unlucky to lose by ten runs at Stamfordham against Allendale and the NEPL third eleven closed the gap to single digits over leaders Blaydon with five wicket win over the league leaders on Sunday (27 July).
The Smithson Northumberland County Cup was won by Tynemouth on Sunday (27 July) who triumphed over Ashington in a hugely entertaining game at Denton Bank.
There is a tour match taking place next Thursday (31 July) at Denton Bank when an eleven from the United Arab Emirates visits Benwell Hill Cricket Club. Any Benwell Hill cricketers interested in playing should contact the club via email.
Tyneside Charity Bowl
The final of the Tyneside Charity Bowl will take place on Friday (25 July) at Denton Bank when the first eleven meet either Sacriston or Tynemouth. The game starts at 6.00 pm.
It was a disappointing day for the first eleven on Sunday (July 20) as they failed to reach the final of the Cooperative Funeralcare T20 knock-out. They lost to the eventual winners, Durham Cricket Academy, in the semi-final by six wickets.
Meanwhile at Blaydon, the second eleven secured their place in the Cooperative Funeralcare 2nd XI T20 Finals Day with a crushing nine wicket win over Blaydon. Finals Day will take place on Sunday 10 August at a venue yet to be announced.
On Monday (21 July) evening the second eleven were soundly beaten by Lintz in the James Bell Memorial Cup losing by 25 runs.
James Bell Memorial Cup
Joe Moore takes his second eleven side to Lintz tomorrow evening (Monday 21 July) and the following eleven have been chosen:
Joe Moore*, Joe Kilpatrick, Alasdair Appleby, John Chambers, David Haxon, Leighton Hopper, Matty Hynd, Caleb Jones, Luke Mussett, Will Taylor and Max Williamson.
T20 Finals Day
Today (Sunday 20 July) is Cooperative Funeralcare T20 Finals Day. Benwell Hill have been drawn against Durham Cricket Academy in the second semi-final which starts at 2.00 pm at Tynemouth Cricket Club. The winners will meet either hosts Tynemouth or South Northumberland in the final scheduled for 5.30 pm.
Anyone travelling today should take note that car parks at Tynemouth CC on Sunday will be solely for the use of players, umpires/scorers, league officials and sponsors and there will be signage to that effect. However we have secured extra parking facilities at Percy Park Rugby Club, right next door to the cricket club (please only use entrance to Percy Park immediately next to the cricket club path). There will also be extra parking available at King Edwards Primary School on Preston Avenue opposite the rugby club and there is ample street parking on Preston Avenue itself just past the rugby club.