update: Monday 20 October 2014
A reminder that the Annual Dinner takes place in the club lounge on Thursday 6 November at 7.15 pm. Tickets priced £20 are on sale at the bar and will be so until Tuesday 4 November.
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.
The Annual Dinner will take place in the club lounge on Thursday 6 November at 7.15 pm. Tickets priced £20.00 will go on sale soon.
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.
Anyone interested should contact Scott Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Appleby Cup Final
The final game of the 2014 season sees the third eleven make the trip to Ashington in the final of the Ian Appleby Cup. The game starts at 1.00 pm and the following have been selected: Dan Hunter (capt.), Alasdair Appleby, Ben Hynes, Andrew Jewitt, Ben Mussett, Luke Mussett, Chris Pounder, Sree Sutheepan, Darshana Tharanga, Joe Torre and Mark Wright.
Live Music at the Hill
Two live music events coming up at the Hill starting on Saturday (20 September) when we have, what is essentially an 'Open Mic' night. Guitarist and vocalist Tony Smith and friends take to the stage at approximately 8.00pm for a informal night of live music. The stage is open to anyone who wants to play or sing and admission to the event is FREE!
The second live event takes place on Saturday 25 October when the Acoustic Beatles make a long awaited return to the club. Ticket details will appear here soon and the show starts at 8.30 pm.
Weekend Round Up
It was very much a case of 'After The Lord Mayor's Show' on Saturday (13 September) as the all-conquering second eleven finally lost a league game, going down by four wickets at South Northumberland in the final league game of the season. Batting first the Hill recovered from 73 for 6 to an eventual total of 177 thanks largely to Caleb Jones (40) and Peter Jones (39*). An off-colour batting display was matched by an ineffective bowling display as the hosts reached their target with eight overs to spare.
However, after a good night's sleep (!) a refreshed second eleven produced a display which second eleven watchers have been treated to all season, as they beat Lintz to add the Roseworth Trophy to their burgeoning 2014 collection.
Man of the Match David Haxon (76 - 10 fours) and Mark Wright (52 - one four and six sixes) added 88 off 66 balls for the third wicket in a Hill total of 190. The bowlers then took a stranglehold on the game which limited the Lintz batsmen boundary opportunities on the compact ground. Lintz were bowled out for 144. A delighted Joe Moore received the trophy from Duncan Stephens of South Northumberland Cricket Club.
On Saturday at Denton Bank the first eleven lost by five wickets to South Northumberland in a game of 644 runs! The Hill batted first in the final game of the 2014 season and totaled 321 for 9 in 65 overs. Zohaib Khan (116*), Rammy Singh (49) and Matthew Muchall (34) the major contributors to the innings. An early wicket for the Hill was no set-back to the newly crowned champions who set about their run-chase with vigour and ultimately reached their target with six overs to spare.
The third eleven finished their season losing by four wickets at Humshaugh.
Tyne Joce Richmond
Congratulations to former Hill man Gavin Richmond and his wife Wendy following the arrival of their fourth child, Tyne Joce. Weighing in at 8lbs 10oz, Tyne entered the world at 9.39 pm local time at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Michigan USA.
Our best wishes go to both Gavin and Wendy
Appleby Cup Final
Tomorrow's (Sunday 14 September) scheduled Appleby Cup Final against Ashington has been cancelled. The game will now take place next Sunday (21 September) at Ashington.
This weeks selections can be found here. They can also be found via the club's Twitter feed.
Weekend Round Up
Following a comprehensive nine wicket win over Chester-le-Street on Saturday (6 September) at Denton Bank, the second eleven were crowned North East Premier League Division 2 champions, adding to the Banks Bowl and 2nd XI T20 Knock-Out Cup which were won in mid-August.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat but were soon in trouble as Joe Kilpatrick struck with the second ball of the game as the opener Cranston was bowled for nought. Wickets began to fall with regularity as Chester-le-Street were reduced to 42 for 5. A partnership of 41 for the sixth wicket took the visitors to 83 before Caleb Jones bowled the Cestrians' skipper for 20. The last four wickets added another 31 runs to leave the Hill 115 to win and lift the league title.
The early loss of David Haxon did little to deter the experienced Matty Hynd (44*) and the in-form 16-year-old Alasdair Appleby (67*) reaching their target.
They have a chance to pick up a fourth trophy, the Roseworth Trophy, when they face either Lintz or Newcastle in the final on Sunday (14 September). The third eleven are also involved in a final on Sunday, when they meet Ashington at Denton Bank in the Ian Appleby Cup. The game starts at 1.00 pm.
The first eleven lost heavily at Ropery Lane on Saturday. Chester-le-Street batted first and scored 273 for 8 declared in 58 overs. The Hill fell 79 runs short of their target as they bowled out inside 45 overs. The West Tyne third eleven lost in similar fashion losing by 84 runs to league leaders Haydon Bridge.
On Sunday (7 September) the first eleven met Blaydon in the final of the AM Brown Trophy at Blaydon. Batting first the Hill scored 175 for 8 off 32 overs, which at half-way through the second innings looked as if it would be more than enough to win the game. However, an innings of 91 off 79 balls from Ross Nicholson won the game for the home side with five balls to spare.
The NEPL third eleven endured a day of mixed emotions in their final game of the season at home to Blaydon. Needing to bowl Blaydon out and also deny Blaydon no more than one bonus point for the Hill to be crowned champions, Scott Williamson's side had the visitors 45 for 7 with the league title tantalizingly close. But an innings of obdurate resistance from Kieran Platford (37 off 155 balls) would ensure the Hill were unable to claim maximum points as Blaydon closed on 64 for 7 off 45 overs. The Hill knocked off the required runs inside 10 overs to finish a very creditable third place, six points behind the champions, Blaydon.
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!
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.