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.
All playing subscriptions must be paid by Thursday 30 April. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility for selection as per club rules (Cricket section, rule 1).
Team selections from Thursday 30 April to Sunday 4 May can be found here.
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:
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.
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.)