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.
This weeks selections can be found here. They can also be found via the club's Twitter feed.
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.
News Round Up
All three senior games were eventually curtailed through mid-afternoon heavy rain on Saturday (19 July). The first eleven were 82 for 0 against Newcastle at Denton Bank, the second eleven had Newcastle 102 for 2 at Jesmond and the third eleven had reduced Prudhoe to 75 for 4 when the bad weather intervened. Results elsewhere saw the second eleven go top of the league for the first time this season, but that joy was tempered by a hand injury sustained by Paul Askell, an injury that may have brought Paul's season to an early close.
On Tuesday (15 July) the second eleven reached the quarter-finals of the Roseworth Trophy after a comfortable nine wicket win over Stocksfield. They now meet Blaydon for a place in the last four of the competition.
The first eleven reached the final of the Tyneside Charity Bowl for the sixth time in eight years following a 31 run win against Shotley Bridge on Wednesday (16 July). They will now face either Sacriston or Tynemouth in the final which will be held at Denton Bank on Friday (25 July). The game starts at 6.00 pm.
On Thursday (17 July) the first eleven lost by 15 runs to Tynemouth in the semi-final of the Smithson Northumberland County Cup. Tynemouth will now play one of either Tynedale, Ashington or South Northumberland in the final. The final itself will take place on Sunday 27 July at Denton Bank at 2.00 pm.
Weekend Round Up
Another fine weekend for the club with all our senior sides recording wins on Saturday (12 July) and the first eleven qualifying for Finals Day in the Cooperative Funeralcare T20 competition.
To Friday (11 July) first, and to what was a quite remarkable T20 game! Winning the toss and electing to bat against Brandon at Denton Bank on a warm summer's evening, the Hill racked up 196 for 7 in 20 overs. Rammy Singh 54 off 34 balls, Richard Coughtrie 46 off 24 and Zohaib Khan 41 off 31 the major contributors to the Hill's innings. That Brandon got within 13 runs of the Hill's total made for a very exciting and tense finish to the game as Brandon came agonisingly close to making their first appearance at Finals Day. It is though, the Hill who take their place at Tynemouth on Sunday 20 July together with the hosts, Tynemouth, South Northumberland and the Durham Cricket Academy.
On Saturday at Ashbrooke club professional Zohaib Khan produced the perfect professional performance scoring 111 (his third of the season) and taking six Sunderland wickets for 47 runs as the first eleven beat the Wearsiders by 41 runs.
Zohaib came to the wicket at 38 for 2 and stood helpless as a further two wickets fell without a run added to the scorecard. The loss of Sameet Brar for 1 left the Hill floundering at 47 for 5. Together with skipper Phil Nicholson (22), Zohaib gradually inched the Hill to a defendable total of 219 all out.
The home side set about their run chase with gusto and reached 111 without loss. At this point the Hill bowlers finally took control and Sunderland began losing wickets at regular intervals as they were eventually bowled out for 178.
The second eleven easily chased down Sunderland's total of 187 at Denton Bank as they continue to maintain their title challenge. Sunderland were hugely indebted to Greg Applegarth who scored 131 out of his sides total. There was four wickets for Joe Kilpatrick and three each for Caleb Jones and Paul Askell.
The Hill reached their target for the loss of only David Haxon (24) and Matty Hynd (19) with 16 overs remaining. The in-form Will Taylor (58*) and John Chambers (84*) guiding the Hill home.
The third eleven beat Mitford by seven wickets at Stamfordham. Mitford batted first and reached 150 for 6 off their allotted overs. David Archbold claiming 4 for 38 off his 12 overs. Despite the early loss of Ben Hynes and skipper David Ladd the Hill eased home with 12 overs to spare as Vikram Narula (55), Dan Hunter (43*) and Mark Wright's 23* of 18 balls made sure there was to be no batting collapse.
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.
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