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.
With the festive season almost upon us some of you may be wishing to enjoy a drink with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year period. If that's the case, then here are the Bar opening hours.
Annual Review 2014
The club has recently published this year's Annual Review and it should be with all members within the next few days. The 48 page full colour document looks back over a successful season and should provide excellent festive reading.
If you happen to be in the club over the coming days please ask the bar staff to see if your copy is still behind the bar otherwise you can expect it in the post over the coming days.
Benwell Hill photographer wins national photography award
Benwell Hill Squash member and 'official' Benwell Hill photographer, Martin Avery, has beaten off stiff competition from across the UK to win the annual EEF/Lombard 'Make it Britain' photography competition.
'Globe Body Valve', winner of the professional photographer category in the EEF/Lombard ‘Make it Britain’ photography competition 2014.
Martin won the Best Professional Photographer award, sponsored by Canon, after wowing judges with his image 'Globe Body Valve'. It shows a 7.75 tonne 30 inch globe body valve being dressed as part of the casting finishing process at Bonds Foundry in Durham.
His photograph was one of 72 images shortlisted in the competition this year. Martin found out that he had won at a special ceremony in the House of Commons last Thursday (11 December). He was presented with a certificate and snapped up a share of £5,000 worth of Canon photography equipment.
The EEF/Lombard photography competition has been running for five years and aims to raise the profile of British manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage through inspiring photography.
Martin, who is responsible for all the photography that appears in the Annual Review, said: "I'm over the moon to have won this award – it's real recognition and endorsement of the care and creativity I put into my photography. But the most rewarding part was getting to see my work displayed in the House of Commons - to have your pictures shown publicly in such a prestigious place is simply priceless.
"I really enjoyed this competition. While manufacturing provides plenty of opportunities for exciting images, the challenge is in capturing a photograph that turns people’s heads and makes them think again about the role and diversity of modern-day industry in Britain today."
Barrie Street, Customer Marketing Manager at Canon UK, says: "This competition is all about showing the scale and dynamism of manufacturing in the UK today. Martin successfully captured that spirit with his winning image, which wowed our judges and the public alike and is why his award is so justly deserved."
Flying Start to the 2015 Season for Max
Benwell Hill youngster, Max Williamson will be getting his 2015 season off to a flying start this January, as he jets off on New Year's Eve to Dubai to play for Durham County Cricket Club.
Max has been selected for a Durham Academy Under 15 team that will be competing in a ten day Under 17 International Gulf Cup tournament in the UAE state of Sharjah. The tournament, comprising of eight teams from the sub-continent, including sides from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, India and Bahrain.
Durham CCC have sent an academy team to the Gulf Cup tournament for the past ten years, and previous academy players who have toured include the likes of England stars, Ben Stokes and Scott Borthwick, who were both part of the 2005 tour side that won the tournament. This is clearly a tremendous opportunity for Max in his development as a cricketer and a person, and a wonderful way to start his 2015 season, best of luck Max from everyone at the Hill.
Watch out for further posts as we keep you up-to-date with his and Durham's progress throughout the tournament.
Tickets for this year's Xmas Party, which will take place on Saturday 20 December, will go on sale on Sunday 7 December, Monday 8 December and Tuesday 9 December between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm. Tickets are priced at £10 and are restricted to two per member.
Details on the Children's Xmas Party will appear here very soon.
2014 Season Celebrations
The traditional end of season Annual Dinners and Presentation events have been in full swing over the past 2 months. Here is a quick summary of what's gone on.
The Benwell Hill junior presentation night on October 13th was the first event of the post season, excellently attended as always by players and parents. This year we welcomed Keaton Jennings as our guest Durham player, he spoke superbly in offering his wisdom and guidance to the juniors. Individual award winners on the night were:
Under 18 Player of the Year - Will Taylor
Under 15 Player of the Year - Joe Torre
Under 13 Player of the Year - Joe Fletcher
Under 11 Player of the Year - Leo Philips
Alan Evans Shield (Most improved junior player) - Ismael Ahmed
Neil Hamilton Trophy (U15 player award)- Max Williamson
Tom Hounsome Shield (Best individual junior performances over the season) - Rory Hanley
Junior Presentation Night 2014
Back: Keaton Jennings (Durham CCC), Maneeb Masood.
Front: Max Williamson, Joe Torre, Ismael Ahmed, Leo Philips, Rory Hanley and Joe Fletcher.
The North East Premier League Annual dinner and presentation night was on Friday 24th October held once again at the Newcastle Centre for Life.
Guest speaker was Simon 'the Analyst' Hughes, however the undoubted star of the night was the Hill's very own Joe Moore (pictured below with Durham's Geoff Cook), who collected the Division 2 League Championship, Banks Bowl and Cooperative Funeralcare T20 trophies, the first time a team at any level has done the 'treble' in the NEPL.
There was also an individual award on the night for Leighton Hopper (pictured below with Simon Hughes) who was joint winner of the North East Premier League Sunday Division 1 Player of the Year.
The West Tyne league dinner was also held on the same night as the NEPL dinner, no awards this year for the Hill, let's hope 2015 sees some of the West Tyne silverware heading back east on the A69.
Rounding off the post season awards, was the Hill's Annual Dinner and Presentation Night on November 6th, this year's guest speaker was Jim Gibb. Another excellent night was had by all, with the 2nd XI rightfully taking centre stage on the back of their superb 2014 season. Individual award winners on the night were:
1st XI Player of the Year - Zohaib Khan
2nd XI Player of the Year - Joe Moore
3rd XI Player of the Year - Dave Archbold
Walker and Hall Award (Randomly awarded by Selection Committee for special achievement over the season) - Benwell Hill 2nd XI
Rex Allen Award (Best individual performance for a senior player over the season for his 5 for 10 v Newcastle in the Semi Final of the 2nd XI T20) - Peter Jones
Liddell Trophy (Most improved senior player) - Leighton Hopper
Charlie Saunders Award (Best bowling figures by a 1st XI amateur during the season) - Peter Jones
The Lippa Award (Biggest strop during the season) - David Ladd
Season 2014 images
A selection of photographs from the 2014 season can be found here. As ever the club is grateful to Martin Avery for all the photographs throughout the season.
The oldest swinger in town triumphs again!
The annual Benwell Hill golf outing took place on Sunday 5 October at Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club. 28 Hill members and guests were competing for the singles and pairs competitions, however it was a clean sweep for Hill committee members.
A highly competitive singles competition saw Tom Williamson win his fourth AU March Trophy, just pipping Mark Wright on countback (last 9 holes) after the both scored an excellent 37 points, with the Griffin finishing third with 36 points.
Tom completed the double by winning the better ball pairs competition with his partner Phil Nicholson; with Barry Evans and Griffin finishing runners up.
Junior Presentation Night
A reminder that the Junior Presentation Night will take place on Monday 13 October in the club lounge at 7.00pm. There will be a Durham County Cricket Club representative present to answer all your questions on the night, hot dogs will be available and parents are most welcome to come along as well all Benwell Hill Junior Cricketers. The evening should finish approximately 9.00 pm.
Captain Fantastic lifts first domestic trophy of new Pakistan season
In his first season as captain, Zohaib Khan led the Peshawar Panthers to victory in the final of the Haier T20 Cup. The Panthers beat Lahore Lions by seven wickets and thus remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Zohaib is pictured above (second from the right, front row) with his jubilant Panthers side. The full scorecard can be found here.
The day before Zohaib had picked up his second man-of-the-match award after guiding the Panthers to a semi-final win over Sialkot Stallions by six runs. Zohaib is pictured below receiving his cheque from the presentation party. The full scorecard can be found here.
Junior Presentation Night
The Junior Presentation Night will take place on Monday 13 October in the club lounge at 7.00pm. The night will follow the usual format and should finish approximately 9.00 pm.
The annual Coffee Morning took place on Saturday 27 September in the club lounge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support with the usual mix of tombola stands, cake stands, book-stalls etc. Organised as ever by the Benwell Hill Tea Ladies, their efforts raised a fantastic £672.94 in aid of the Macmillan charity.
Well done Ladies!
Zohaib back for six!
The club can announce the very good news that club professional Zohaib Khan is to return in 2015 for a sixth successive season. The very popular Pakistani put pen to paper, seen below with vice-chairman Simon Lunn, before returning home for the Pakistan domestic season.
Zohaib is currently captaining the Peshawar Panthers and is pictured below, resplendent in yellow, receiving the man-of-the-match award in the Bank Albaraka Presents Haier T20 Cup match against AJK Jaguars in Karachi on Wednesday 24 September.
Zohaib took 4 for 11 off 4 overs, including three wickets in an over as the Jaguars were bowled out for 81. The Panthers today (25 September) beat the Faisalabad Wolves by 11 runs and are currently top of Group C.
Appleby Cup defeat
The third eleven lost an exciting Appleby Cup Final on Sunday (21 September), losing to Ashington by six wickets off the penultimate ball of the match. The Hill had set Ashington 126 to win and with three overs to go the Hill looked to be strong favourites as Ashington required 38 off the final three overs. Unfortunately the young Hill bowlers were unable to control some very big hitting from Storey of Ashington who led his side to victory.
Hill seeking women cricketers for indoor winter league
Benwell Hill are looking for girls (11 year or older) and women cricketers to play in a women's indoor cricket 8-a-side competition this winter. Games will take place on Tuesday nights either at 6:30-7:30 or 7:30-8:30 at Walbottle School Sports Hall, commencing on Tuesday 7th October.
The league is designed to be fun and is ideal for novices who have a little cricket experience, for those looking to re-introduce themselves to the game or experienced players looking for some winter practice. Cost per game is only £3.00 per player.
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.)