update: Wednesday 1 July 2015
Team selections for this weekend can be found here.
West Tyne League Cup
The West Tyne third eleven make a second attempt to play their semi-final against Hexham Leazes on Wednesday (1 July) after rain forced the postponement of last weeks' tie. The team travelling to Hexham is:
The game starts at 6.15 pm and unless going direct players should meet at the Hill no later than 5.00 pm.
Congratulations to Doug Bramfitt who celebrated his 90th Birthday on Saturday (27 June). One of life's Gentlemen and a long time member of Benwell Hill Cricket Club, Doug can be seen on most Saturday's during the season watching the cricket and, during the week, occasionally enjoying a wee dram!
On behalf of everyone at Benwell Hill Cricket Club we wish Doug many happy returns!
Weekend Round Up
Another week and another tale of woe! The first eleven suffered another heavy defeat, losing by 216 runs to Newcastle on Saturday (27 June) at Denton Bank. Asked to chase 277 in 62 overs the Hill were bowled out for 60. The second eleven's chances of retaining their league title looked to have almost disappeared as they lost by seven wickets at Newcastle. They were bowled out for 110 - which represents something of recovery - having been 22 for 8 at one point, but a gutsy 44 from 15-year-old Max Williamson and some lusty hitting from Paul Askell (31 not out) enabled them to reach some sort of respectability.
The West Tyne 3rd XI beat bottom of the table by seven wickets to maintain their good form whilst the NEPL third eleven lost by three wickets.
On Friday (26 June) the first eleven beat Sacriston by 56 runs to reach the quarter-final stage of the Cooperative Funeralcare T20 Cup. They will now meet South Northumberland at Gosforth on Friday evening (3 July).
More Reflection (part 2) . . .
Because of a technical problem we were unable to add the following news story to our Reflections feature (see below). Our apologies for those concerned.
The under 11 side recorded a fine win on Sunday (21 June) beating by Ponteland by net 99 runs. Two outstanding features of the game were Dylan Newton's bowling figures of 2-1-2-3, which included a hat-trick and there were two wickets for Annie Anderson.
Have A Hit
Benwell Hill Cricket Club is hosting a ‘Have a Hit’ session
‘Have a Hit’ sessions aim to introduce new female cricketers to the game as well as helping the existing players. Anyone aged 13 or over is welcome to come along and join in. Sessions are free of charge and will be run by club coaches and ECB coaches.
The first session gets underway on at 6.00 pm on Friday 26 June from 6pm. If you are interested or would like further information then contact Euan Stenhouse on 07760 223033 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Annual Summer Barbecue takes place a week on Saturday (4 July) and tickets are now on sale at the bar.
Priced £6.00, your ticket will get you your Benwell Hill BBQ Pack which includes Burger, Sausages, Pork Chop and Steak together with your Burger Bun and all the trimmings.
Be sure to get you tickets early as they'll go fast!
Reflections . . .
After the unfortunate events at the Bull Ring on Saturday the V.C. Simon Lunn was moved to pen some reflections for the website...
I am already a fan of the new England Coach Trevor Bayliss - he is clearly a man with perspective - after surviving a terrorist attack he says he will never get carried away by a game of cricket. Bayliss believes in hard work and solid core cricketing principles but he believes that ultimately it's just a game. Brendan McCallum has voiced similar thoughts and I am not sure there is a tougher competitor than him - or a better team than the one he leads.
All our teams - Firsts down to Under 11's - have had their moments of success and failure so far this year but as we get towards half way in the season it is all to play for. Cups to be won and at the very least top three league placings to be fought for. Good luck to all in your endeavours - individually and collectively.
From a Club perspective the work is forever ongoing - the Committee have kicked off the tortuous process of formulating a bid to Sport England to further improve our facilities. Already this year steps have been made to improve the showers, the female toilet facilities and the kitchen whilst the Groundsman is very happy with his new cutter. All these things cost lots of money and we are deeply grateful to all those who make contributions in so many ways to the tremendous institution that is Benwell Hill Cricket Club.
Onwards and upwards!!!
More Reflections . . .
With Lunny in reflective mood we thought we should throw one or two more of his general musings out there . . .
Congratulations to Alastair Appleby for his selection for Northumberland 's Minor Counties 3-Day team;
Congratulations to Luke Mussett for 6 wickets for Northumberland Under 15's in a win v Durham;
Good luck to Max Williamson in his quest for selection for the North of England U-15 teams;
Good luck to the Physios in their endeavours to restore the hamstrings of Messrs Nicholson and Dale;
Congratulations to Shaun Rushton on batting and bowling PB's inside two weeks - one for the unsung hero if ever there was. . .
a general plea to ask all members to cease organising weddings in the summer months!
Finally, if anyone needs a lift anywhere - and we mean anywhere, please get in touch with the former owner T. S. Williamson who is back on the road after two years three months two weeks two days and twelve hours. He will be delighted to oblige and of course, it'll be FREE!!!
Weekend Round Up
The good news first!
The West Tyne third eleven recorded their fourth win of the season with a fine win over Newton on Saturday (20 June), a win which leaves them comfortably placed in mid-table. Newton won the toss and elected to bat first but were soon regretting that decision as Shaun Rushton tore into the home side's top order leaving Newton struggling at 5 for 3. A middle order recovery allowed Newton to reach 133 for 9 off their 42 overs. In reply the Hill began steadily but a slight wobble in the middle threatened to de-rail the Hill's charge towards victory, but 60 not out from Andrew Dawson and 19 not out from 14-year-old Joe Fletcher saw the Hill home with five overs to spare.
The NEPL third eleven sit proudly at the top of the NEPL Sunday Division 1 after a four wicket win at Hetton Lyons on Sunday (21 June). Set 221 to win in 45 overs Shaun Rushton's side reached their target also with five overs to spare.
Now the bad news!
Despite fielding a weakened side at South Northumberland the first eleven travelled in good heart after wins over Ledgate in the Tyneside Charity Bowl and Blaydon in the T20. What happened at Gosforth was completely unexpected from a side who had looked competitive in their four previous league games.
South Northumberland recovered from 75 for 5 to post 237 for 7 declared, thus leaving the Hill 46 overs to chase down the home side's total. 14.3 overs into that 46 and the game was over as the Hill were simply swept aside for an all time NEPL low of 29 all out. A day to forget, consign to history and move on!
The second eleven fared marginally better hanging on for a draw with the last pair at the crease.
The first eleven are in cup action on Wednesday (17 June) when they meet Ledgate in the quarter-finals of the Tyneside Charity Bowl. The game starts at 6.00 pm and the following team will face the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League outfit: Graeme Race*, Alasdair Appleby, Sameet Brar, Peter Halliday, Leighton Hopper, Peter Jones, Zohaib Khan, Joe Kilpatrick, Joe Moore, Luke Mussett and Will Taylor.
Weekend Round Up
Both first and third eleven games were brought to a premature end on Saturday tea-time as persistent rain on Tyneside forced the abandonment of both games.
The first eleven game was evenly poised with the Hill 54 for 2 in pursuit of Stockton's 223. Matthew Muchall returned magnificent figures of 8 for 60 off 17 overs to bring his total for the season to 28 wickets.
The thirds were staring down a barrel when the rain saved them at Riding Mill. Having dismissed the Hill for 111, visitors Stocksfield were 55 for when the rain came.
No such misfortunes on Teesside for the second eleven who picked up 29 points on a day when most of their rivals were washed out. Batting first the Hill posted 193 for 6 declared before bowling out Stockton for 119.
On Sunday the second's began their defence of the T20 Trophy with comfortable wins over Sacriston and Hetton Lyons in the group stage. The now await the outcome of the quarter-final draw which will take place in the non too distant future.
The second eleven are in cup action on Tuesday (9 June) evening when the meet Boldon at the Hill in the James Bell Memorial Cup. The game starts at 6.00 pm.
On Wednesday the West Tyne eleven hope to make progress in the League Cup when they entertain Matfen at Denton Bank. The game starts at 6.15 pm and the following have been selected:
David Ladd, Andrew Dawson, Leighton Hopper, Dan Hunter, Matthew Hynd, Luke Mussett, Glenn Robertson, Shaun Rushton, Saud Shinwari, Peter. Smith, Darshana Thiranga.
Weekend Round Up
A game which continually swung one way then another finally produced an entertaining draw as Benwell Hill and Chester-le-Street shared the spoils at Denton Bank on Saturday (6 June) in conditions more suitable for kite flying!
The visitors won the toss and batted but soon lost wickets and reached the lunch break at 90 for 6. The loss of the seventh wicket immediately after lunch left the Cestrians in deep trouble at 115-7.
However, a partnership of 141 between opening bowlers Mark Turner (119*) and Graeme Cessford (67) propelled Chester-le-Street to a declaration at 275 for 8 after 58 overs, setting the Hill a target as testing as the conditions.
The Hill responded with admirable and stubborn determination, particularly skipper Phil Nicholson who's 58 off 108 balls was ended by a particularly fast leg stump Yorker from Graeme Cessford. Nicko's example was followed by the rest of the batting line-up, notably 17-year-old Alasdair Appleby who displayed signs of the maturity to match his undoubted talent – the reverse sweep notwithstanding – in an innings of 38. Zohaib Khan and Sameet Brar added runs in quick time and as the score reached 200, with overs and wickets in hand, an unlikely win seemed possible.
Unfortunately Brar was bowled for 32 whilst Khan perished to a catch on the boundary leaving the Hill to bat out the remaining overs finishing 25 runs short of their target with three wickets in hand.
The second eleven are still searching for the spark that saw them sweep all before them last season as they lost by four wickets at Chester-le-Street. Batting first they were dismissed for 167, skipper Joe Moore top scoring with 48. Two wickets with only one run on the board give the Hill hope but the home side recovered the poise and reached their target to claim maximum points.
The West Tyne third eleven continued their recent good form with a win over much fancied Wylam with a 79 run win. The Hill took first use of the Riding Mill wicket and reached 176 for 9 off their allotted 42 overs. Saud Shinwari, who continues to impress with both bat and ball, scored 24 and together with a stoic 20 from skipper David Ladd allowed Mark Wright free reign to strike the ball as only Mark can. His 64 included five fours and five sixes.
The Hill's all-seam attack then set about the task of bowling out Wylam and did so with ten overs remaining in the game. Darshana Thiranga the pick of the bowlers with fine figures of 9-5-13-3. There was also three wickets for Mark Wright and Shaun Rushton.
On Friday evening the first eleven lost heavily to Chester-le-Street at Denton Bank in the Co-operative Funeralcare T20. The visitors batted first and posted a formidible 191 for 6. The Hill reached 116 for 7 at the close. The Hill travel to Washington this Friday (12 June) in their third group game.
Sunday (7 June) produced wins for the second eleven and the NEPL third eleven.
Joe Moore's second eleven dispatched Willington with the minimum of fuss in the Banks Salver winning by seven wickets to set up a quarter-final at Denton Bank with Chester-le-Street on Sunday 5 July.
The third eleven beat Newcastle by 54 runs at Riding Mill. Batting first the Hill were bowled out for 164 with skipper Matthew Rodger top scoring with 47. In reply the visitors were almost swept aside before their reply got underway, finding themselves 17 for 7.
Remarkably they managed to reach 110 before Nevendra Boyapati took the last wicket in the 36th over, although bowling spoils went to vice-captain Shaun Rushton who returned bowling figures of 6 for 34 off nine overs.
Benwell Hill have two representatives in the under 21 NEPL side who meet the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League (NTSL) at Shotley Bridge on Sunday 21 June in the Wilkinson Cup.
Sameet Brar and Matthew Rodger have both been picked in the NEPL side. This follows Alasdair Appleby's inclusion in the Northumberland side earlier in the season, all of which bodes very well for Benwell Hill Cricket Club.
The team to play the NTSL is:
Dan Anderson (Washington CC)
Sameet Brar (Benwell Hill CC)
Ken McClure (Blaydon CC)
Lee Henderson (Whitburn CC)
Dale Shaw (Seaham Harbour CC)
Sean Tindale (Burnmoor CC)
Daniel Thexton (WK) Tudhoe CC
David Hill (Gateshead Fell CC)
Connor Patterson (Chester-le-Street CC)
Mark Elliot (Whitburn CC)
Matthew Rodger (Benwell Hill CC)
Ladies in terrific form
The newly formed Benwell Hill girls'/womens' team continue with their good run of fun and enjoyable cricket in the Northumberland Women's cricket league. On Wednesday night the team pitched up at Newcastle CC to face a determined opposition looking for a home win. Winning the toss, the Benwell Hill ladies put the home team into bat and quickly realised that batting was the opposition's strength.
Newcastle notched up a total of 114 in 20 overs which would have been significantly higher particularly if it wasn't for the excellent fielding of Kate Dawson, prowling the boundary stopping numerous unwanted fours, and wicket takers Amy McDonnell (two) and Ellen Williamson as well as run outs by both Amy McDonnell and Sally Anderson. Unfortunately, Sally Anderson failed to hold onto a catch behind the wicket from daughter Annie's superb swing bowling. Niamh Brennan, Molly Brayson and Holly Noble all contributed significantly with their bowling, fielding and vocal efforts!
Chasing 114 was a tall order for the girls considering the teams' highest total so far this season was 93, but openers Holly Noble and Amy McDonnell started well. When Amy was dismissed with an LBW, Sally Anderson came into bat and developed a strong partnership with Holly. After Holly was caught, Molly Brayson came in, only for Sally to be soon walking off the pitch dismissed LBW for a fine 66. Annie Anderson came in to quickly knock the runs off with Molly to make it a decisive victory for the Benwell Hill girls.
Winning four matches out of six means that the team are currently sitting second place in the Northumbrian Women's Cricket league, but with imminent fixtures against Stocksfield (last year's winners) and Hexham Leazes (last year's runner's up) the girls will be happy to keep learning valuable lessons and enjoy their cricket.
Finlay Thomas Maiden
Congratulations to former club captain Alastair Maiden and his wife Melissa on the birth of their son Finlay Thomas Maiden.
Finlay entered this world on Monday 1 June at 5.20pm weighing 7lbs 8 oz. A very happy Alastair informs us that both mother and son are doing very well.
Weekend Round Up
The NEPL 3rd XI's win at South Northumberland yesterday (Sunday 31 May) rounded off what was a more than a satisfactory weekend for Benwell Hill.
The first eleven got the weekend underway with a nine wicket win over South Shields in the opening game of this year's T20 competition. In a game truncated by late afternoon rain South Shields batted first and totaled 78 in their alloted 15 overs. The Hill required only 6.4 overs to reach their target largely thanks to 54 off 28 balls from Sameet Brar.
Phil Nicholson's side followed that win over South Shields with a fine win over near neighbours Blaydon on Saturday in the league. Winning the toss and batting first the Hill declared on 227 for 8 with Zohaib Khan registering his second ton of the season with 100 not out. The hosts were then bowled out for 84. Zohaib and Graeme Race each picking up three wickets.
The second eleven had the better of a drawn game at Denton Bank against Blaydon. The Hill batted first posting 238 for 6 declared, the highlight undoubtedly David Haxon's 123, an innings which included 13 fours and one six.
Despite a flurry of late wickets the Hill were unable to force their advantage home as the visitor's reply closed at 211 for 7.
The West Tyne eleven recorded their second win of the season with a 35 run win over Humshaugh. There were runs for Dan Hunter (48) and Saud Shinwari (32) in the Hill's total of 126 all out. Together with Darshana Thiranga who took 4 for 21, Saud then added 3 for 36 with the ball as Humshaugh were bowled out for 91.
And so to the NEPL third eleven who claimed their fourth win of the season with a comprehensive 60 run win over South Northumberland at Gosforth. 39 from skipper Matthew Rodger and 42 from Shaun Rushton enabled the Hill to reach 149 all out, but perhaps the real hero's of the day were a triumvirate of Hill junior bowlers who claimed seven of the wickets to fall. Under 15s Luke Mussett (2 for 13), Joe Barnes (2 for 13) and William Archbold (3 for 20) all playing a major part in South Northumberland's dismissal for 89.
First eleven crash out of Salver
First Division Seaham Harbour deservedly took their place in the quarter-finals of the Banks Salver following a two wicket win over a lackluster Benwell Hill at Denton Bank yesterday (Monday 25 May).
The Hill won the toss and batted posting 222 from their 45 overs largely due to 17 year-old Alasdiar Appleby's highest first eleven score of 72, an innings which included nine fours and one six from 106 balls.
Seaham Harbour recovered from the loss of an early wicket to make good progress in their chase of 223 and despite a late flurry of wickets were always in command. The Hill produced an indifferent display in the field and as the visitors reached their winning target with 11 balls remaining.
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.
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.
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.