update: Sunday 24 May 2015
Jack's the Lad!
On a day worthy of the description 'Summer's Day', Benwell Hill and Hetton Lyons produced an absorbing day's cricket at Denton Bank. The game was ultimately won by the Hill from the penultimate delivery of the game but both side should take credit for the feast of cricket laid in front of a big crowd which stayed until the very end.
Winning the toss and batting first the Lyons declared on 236 for 7 after 60 overs thanks to 59 from opener Gary Scott and an excellent 78 from wicketkeeper Jarvis Clay, both hitting nine fours and a six.
The Hill's reply was in trouble immediately as first Scott struck to remove Ben Mussett lbw, and then Pollard had Alasdair Appleby caught at second slip with only 10 on the board. Zohaib Khan and Jack Clark added 60 before Khan and Mark Dale were dismissed with the score at 70. The loss of Sameet Brar left the Hill in precarious position with half the side out for 96 and still 30 overs remaining.
Jack Clark meanwhile, was at the other end offering stability and a platform from which to make an attempt on the Hetton Lyons total. Partnerships of 65 with the impressive Peter Halliday (38) and 67 with skipper Phil Nicholson (21) left the Hill needing nine off the last over. Nicholson was caught off the first ball and, having crossed Jack hit the next ball for six which was followed by a dot, a clip off his legs for two and a push through cover for one to win the game by three wickets and bring a hugely entertaining game to an end. Clark's sublime innings of 124 not out included 13 fours and four sixes and came off 193 balls. A match winning innings!
The second eleven claimed maximum points at Hetton after declaring on 219 for 6 off 50 overs, 76 not out for skipper Joe Moore, they dismissed Hetton Lyons for 126.
The third eleven lost by 43 runs at Hexham Leazes. The hosts scored 222 for 3 largely thanks to an innings of 109 from opener Ben Griffiths. Unfortunately for the Hill he was dropped on three occasions at nought, at four and finally at 54! Saud Shinwari led a spirited replay with a hard hitting 58 but the Leazes total proved too much for a Hill line-up dominated by bowlers.
Team selections from Thursday 21 May to Monday 25 May can be found here.
Weekend Round Up
The first eleven produced another indifferent batting performance as they were bowled out for 152 at Tynemouth on Saturday (16 May.
Winning the toss and batting first the Hill were reduced to 58 for 5 before a partnership of 62 between Peter Halliday (51) and skipper Phil Nicholson (28) brought some respectability to the Hill total.
A total of 152 never seemed enough and so it proved as Tynemouth reached their target for the loss of only three wickets.
The second eleven comfortably beat Tynemouth at Denton Bank. After struggling a little with the bat - a total of 170 looked slightly below par at the change of innings - the Hill bowlers dispatched the visitors in fine style for exactly 100 thus recording their first win of the season in what was their first league game of the season.
The third eleven also recorded their first win of the season with 35 run win over Haydon Bridge.
Sunday (17 May) saw the NEPL third eleven make the long trip to Stockton and were rewarded with an eight wicket win.
On Friday evening the Women's XI suffered their first defeat of the season losing to a strong Kirkley side.
Weekend Round Up
Benwell Hill was one of the few places in the North East of England to stage cricket on Saturday largely thanks to the efforts of Groundman Geoff Chambers.
Unfortunately that's where the good news ends! The first eleven's game at Denton Bank finally got underway at 2.45 pm after heavy and persistent overnight rain had caused a significant delay. South Shields were asked to bat first and scored 148 for 4 off 40 overs leaving the Hill 34 overs to reach their target.
They never got close!
The loss of early wickets was followed by a period where the innings stagnated to the point of no return and wickets began to fall. The innings finally came to an end with only nine balls of the game remaining as the Hill were bowled out for 58, only two more than their lowest NEPL total of 56, also to South Shields!
The aforementioned rain ensured that there was no play in either second or third eleven games and the second eleven's cup game against Sacriston on Friday evening was also a victim of the rain
The NEPL third eleven inflicted a 152 run defeat on South Shields on Sunday (11 May) and the Benwell Hill Women's XI made it three wins out of three with a win over Gateshead Fell.
Women's XI v. Gateshead Fell
Please note that this Sunday's (10 May) Women's XI game against Gateshead Fell at Denton Bank starts at 3.00 pm and NOT at 1.00 pm as advertised in Forthcoming Fixtures.
There are still a few matchball sponsorship opportunties available. For as little as £25 you can sponsor one of the matchballs for either first or second eleven games at Denton Bank.
Anyone interested should either contact this website at email@example.com or Phil Nicholson.
All about the Girl(s) . . .
Benwell Hill ladies got their first ever season off to a great start, with two excellent victories over South Northumberland and Tillside on Bank Holiday Monday.
A very young Hill team, made up predominantly of girls aged between 11 and 15, bowled and fielded superbly in each game, restricting the opposition to modest totals. In the first game some excellent bowling from Molly Brayson (13), Holly Noble (14), Ami McDonnell (15), Annie Anderson (11) and Niamh Brennan (11) kept South North down to 68 from their 20 overs, in reply the experienced Sally Anderson was the star with the bat with 32 not out including her first ever six!
In the second game versus Tillside, again good bowling from the younger members of the team, kept the opposition down to 48, in reply the Hill knocked the runs off without losing a wicket, star of the show this time was Lynn Williamson (the daughter of 'ex-owner' Tom - rather the wife of the coach Scott) who scored 32 not out, she was ably supported by Holly Noble with 11 not out.
Next up is Gateshead Fell on Sunday 10 May at the Hill, 3pm start.
Weekend Round Up
A twelfth premier league hundred from Zohaib Khan laid the basis for a fine 134 run win for the first eleven at Whitburn on Saturday (2 May).
Batting first the Hill scored 237 for 7 declared after 62 overs following skipper Phil Nicholson's decision to bat after winning the toss. A fourth wicket stand of 156 between Zohaib Khan (109) and Mark Dale (70) was the foundation of the Hill's total.
In reply the hosts had reached 70 for 3 at tea but were blown away by Matthew Muchall who returned 6 for 27 in a devastating spell as the Hill routed Whitburn.
The second eleven found themselves with a free afternoon after Sunderland conceded, and the third eleven game at Matfen succumbed to the weather with the Hill precariously placed at 52 for 6 chasing 143 to win. Sunday's NEPL third eleven game against Brandon was washed out by heavy rain.
On Monday (4 May) the second eleven began the defence of the Banks Bowl in convincing style at Denton Bank, thumping Stockton by nine wickets. The visitors who won the toss and elected to bat were in trouble as early the third ball of the game as David Haxon took a stunning catch at second slip. Stockton recovered from the early setback to reach 66 without further loss but then lost wickets steadily, eventually bowled out for 129 with nine overs remaining. 15-year-old Max Williamson picking up his first senior 'five-fer' with figures of 5 for 19 off nine overs.
The Hill reply needed only 15 overs to reach the winning target as Ben Mussett (36), David Haxon (44 not out) and John Chambers (25 not out) made the run-chase look somewhat easy!
While all this was going on at Denton Bank, history was being made at Gosforth where the Benwell Hill Women's XI played their first two competitive games. To cap an eventful day the Women/Girls of Benwell Hill beat both South Northumberland and Tillside. Our photograph above shows the Women's XI with proud coach Scott Williamson.
First eleven progress in National
The first eleven recorded a fine win in the first round of the ECB National Knock-Out competition yesterday (26 April) at Scarborough.
John Chambers in action at Scarborough (above).
Batting first the Hill recovered from 21 for 4 to reach 198 for 9 off 45 overs. Skipper Phil Nicholson (30) and new boy Pete Halliday (58 not out) were responsible for the repair of the innings and some late hitting from Matthew Muchall (26) and Graeme Race (16) give the bowlers something to bowl at.
The Hill bowlers responded magnificently as Scarborough were bowled out for 130 inside 40 overs. Matthew Rodger's nine overs, five of which were maidens, were delivered at a personal cost of only 11 runs, Matthew Muchall sent seven overs down returning 1 for 11 and 15-year-old Max Williamson picked up 3 for 21. The star of Saturday's drawn game against Gateshead Fell, Sameet Brar claimed the first two wickets.
The Hill will now meet NEPL rivals South Northumberland in the next round at Gosforth on Sunday 10 May.
Only the first eleven game survived Saturday's (25 April) varied weather. As has already been mentioned the game ended in a draw with visitors Gateshead Fell 66 runs short of their target with only two wickets remaining. A game reduced to 77 overs because of lunchtime rain had one or two notable highlights, not least the contribution from Sameet Brar. Sameet scored his maiden ton for the Hill, hitting 123 off 89 balls which included 18 fours and two sixes, he then followed that up by claiming 5 for 15 off 12 overs all of which may well be a unique feat at Benwell Hill Cricket Club for an amateur player!
The second and third eleven games were rained off and the NEPL lost at Tynemouth on Sunday.
2015 Opening Weekend
Mixed fortunes for our sides on the opening weekend of the 2015 season. The first eleven had the better of a drawn game against the Durham Cricket Academy at the Emirates ICG.
Winning the toss and batting first the home side were bowled out for 222 with Matthew Muchall returning his best bowling figures for the Hill with 6 for 66. The Hill's reply had reached 149 for 6 in 41st over when bad light brought play to a premature finish. Club professional Zohaib Khan who top scored with 58 was given good support from 17-year-old Alasdair Appleby who made 41.
At Denton Bank the West Tyne third eleven recovered from 7 for 4 to post 122 largely thanks to 15-year-old Luke Mussett who made his maiden half-century. Visitors Haltwhistle reached their target with six wickets in hand.
On Sunday (19 April) the NEPL third eleven beat Washington by 77 runs. Batting first the Hill were bowled out in the final over of their allotted 45 overs for 237, and whilst John Chambers top scored with 80 undoubtedly the highlight of the innings were the two consecutive sixes from the bat of Andrew Jewitt!
In reply Washington reached 160 for 6 at the close.
Selections for 2015 Opening Day
The 2015 season gets underway on Saturday (18 April) with the first eleven meeting Durham Cricket Academy. Meeting at The Emirates Riverside at 9.45 am for an 11.00 am start the following twelve have been selected:
Nicholson*, Appleby, Brar, Clark, Dale, Halliday, Khan, Muchall, Mussett, Race, Rodger, Taylor.
David Ladd's West Tyne third eleven entertain Haltwhistle at Denton Bank on the opening day at 1.30 pm with the following side (12.45 meet):
David Ladd*, Archbold, Boyapati, Darshana, Hines, Hopper, Hunter, Mussett, Rushton, Sutheepan, Torre.
The NEPL third eleven under the captaincy of Matthew Rodger meet Washington on Sunday (19 April) at Denton Bank with this side (12.45 meet, 1.30 pm start):
Rodger*, Chambers, Dawson, Hanley, Haxon, Higgins, Jewitt, Kilpatrick, Rushton, M. Williamson, AN Other.
Tea for four is required for both third eleven games.
*Apologies for the absence of the usual Team Sheets. Back to normal next week.
Ground Force 2015
Many thanks to all those who braved the elements on Good Friday (3 April) for Ground Force Day.
Despite the weather we accomplished a lot and Groundsman Geoff Chambers and the Ground Committee are really appreciative of the efforts made. Particular thanks are due to Haxon Catering for the delicious bacon sarnies.
The ground is looking in terrific shape and the 'fab' new cutter is already making an impact.
We are nearly all set for the 'exciting brand of cricket BHCC will be playing in 2015 - bowling in good areas, positive mind sets, executing our plans . . !
Just in case you were worrying that the Hill's self-appointed archivist, David McKay, has let up in his work to cover the history of Benwell Hill Cricket Club, worry no longer!
Thanks to the statisticians at CricketArchive.com, and David of course, you can now not only view full scorecards for 1947, 1948 and 1949 seasons, but also all view full Benwell Hill Cricket Club Banks Salver Cup ties since the start and all full JustSport Trophy matches since 2000.
Illuminating reading, hopefully!