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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.

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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.







Last update: Friday 3 November 2017
18:27 GMT


Autumnal News from the Chairman

As the year continues to fly by and the clocks go back (why?) some news to keep members informed of the never ending work that goes on behind the scenes to keep BHCC moving forward.

The Benwell Hill contingent at the NEPL Annual Dinner.

The Awards season is upon us and a number of individuals have had their efforts recognised.

Kyle Coetzer received the NEPL Player of the Year Trophy at the League Dinner last week.

Max Williamson received the Northumberland U17 Player of the Year Trophy awarded by the Umpiring brethren.

On the team front, Andrew Dawson collected the Second Team Championship Trophy which is now proudly on display behind the bar.

At the Cricketing Oscar awards held at Lords in October two of our members received recognition for their unstinting efforts. Phil Haves was the recipient of the Northumberland Services to Club award whilst Bruce Storey received the national award for services to coaching. BHCC is  truly fortunate to have a host of people who volunteer so much of their time to make our Club special.

As soon as the actual playing of the game is over the `meeting season` moves into overdrive – at some of these gatherings we even discuss cricket. Barry Pearson is the undoubted king of the Hill when it comes to the countback closely followed by the Hon. Secretary Keith Shaw.

Barry has emerged triumphant from the bureaucratic nightmare of securing Club Mark for the next three years. This is the governing body quality kite mark that shows we have all the correct policies and procedures in place. One aspect of this that social media `savvy` members will have picked up is a Facebook driven consultation process we have instigated. On this front if you have anything you wish to raise please contact me by e-mail on simon.lunn@live.co.uk or call 07791 683827.

Some of the meetings I have been to lately concern the ongoing maintenance of the Club. Geoff Chambers (b.t.w. responsible for the work that saw BHCC become the best dressed NEPL ground in Northumberland in 2017) and me have painted the away changing room and Joe Kilpatrick has fixed the seats in there and fixed  the `flying bat` holes in the walls. Barry Evans has (fingers crossed) tackled the leaking roof and is to further address some of the heating issues that have plagued the Club House for seemingly ever. My thanks to everyone who makes a contribution on this front.

Needless to say finance continues to be a cause for concern. Everything seems to cost a small fortune whether it is insurance, loam, the alarm system or machinery servicing and our reserves have taken a hit not least through the costs of converting the Club into a Community Interest Company. All unavoidable and life would be even tougher without the tireless efforts of Larry Dawson in his role as Treasurer supported by Bills Smalley and Watts.
However, there are many reasons to be cheerful –admittedly not my default demeanour- I walked into the Club on Saturday afternoon and it was awash with Halloween celebrating children and their families. Truly an epic event organised by Sophie Kilpatrick and Annabel Marley. An evening event and a Valentine Family Christening followed and there were springs in the steps of the Treasurers on Monday morning.

Equally on Monday evening there was an excellent Junior Presentation organised as ever by Barry Pearson. For me the best thing about that night is that we recognise great men of Benwell Hill`s past – Tom Hounsome, Alan Evans and Neil Hamilton whilst awarding prizes to those that represent the future. As an aside, Will Gidman ex Durham and currently of Kent CCC came along to present awards and could not have been a better representative of his profession.

Enough for now dear reader – I will endeavour to produce something on a monthly basis but in the meantime if you have anything to offer in terms of taking BHCC forward please do not hesitate to get in touch. The Annual Dinner on Saturday 11 November at 7.15 pm is the next big occasion – please attend if you can.

Simon Lunn

News from the Chairman

As the dust settles on my first season as BHCC Chairman herewith some initial reflections and some information about forthcoming events.

On the field we have undoubtedly moved forward – the First Team finished fourth in the highest tier of North East Cricket, a huge improvement from the struggles of 2016. A trophy was won and the spirit and endeavour shown by the team augurs well for the future. The pundits in the Sky pod would describe us as a 'work in progress' which is probably fair comment.

The Second Team won their league, won a trophy and will play for another one at the start of 2018. A tremendous performance from a well organised and well led team. The last time 'Moores Marauders' accomplished this feat a couple of seasons ago we fell away badly the following season. The challenge for 'Dawsons Destroyers' is to avoid this fate in 2018.

The various third teams had what might be described as a 'mixed season'. Some excellent results plus some fiascos – this part of our Club is crucial and it will be a  collective Club priority to remedy some of the organisational challenges in 2018. As ever, the cry is for more senior cricketers and if they can drive so much the better.

Womens and Girls cricket led by Sally Anderson and Scott Williamson continues to grow in popularity and the team enjoyed a number of impressive wins. Their enthusiasm and love of the game has to be seen to be believed – the `Spirit of Cricket` is really alive there. I sometimes fear it has gone missing in the male game.

Our Juniors have increased in number and the quality therein is the best for some years. The Junior Presentation will take place on Monday October 30th when we will pay due tribute to those who have progressed in 2017.

Off the field the Club House has benefitted from the pre-season refurbishment and definitely  has a more vibrant feel – I hope members will continue to support events through the winter. Weekly Quizzes start on Tuesday October 3rd  whilst the Dinner Season is almost upon us as follows:-
Friday October 20th – West Tyne League Annual Dinner
Friday October 27th - NEPL Annual Dinner
And 'El Gordo'  the big one . . . Saturday November 11th Benwell Hill Cricket Club Annual Dinner. It would be fantastic to see the place full at an event where all are welcome.

Finally there are too many people to thank for their contributions to this cricket season but I must pay due tribute to the yeoman work of Geoff Chambers and his secret team of aides  – our cricket field has never looked better. Equally, the Club Captain Kyle Coetzer has led tirelessly from the front and members will be thrilled that he has agreed to take on the role of Director of Cricket in 2018 and 2019. Benwell Hill is in safe hands in that regard.

I will continue to provide a monthly (or so)web site update for my reader – please contact me on any BHCC issues via e-mail simon.lunn@live.co.uk or by my flash new phone on 07791-683827.

Onwards to 2018 . . !

Simon Lunn

Round Up

Time to catch up now that the Mr. and Mrs. Webmiester are back from holiday.

So, we’ll start with the second eleven who battled to gain a draw against South Northumberland on Bank Holiday Saturday thus securing the NEPL Division 2 title.  Having started the day 41 points ahead of South Northumberland the Hill were set 237 to win in 55 overs to win knowing that a draw would claim the title. They claimed the draw largely due to a stubborn 111 ball 27 from David Haxon and a curious lack of mental arithmetic, as the Hill lost seven wickets finishing with 105 on the board in 55 overs.

On the Sunday the first eleven lifted the Smithson Northumberland County Cup defeating Tynemouth by 10 runs. This went some way to make up for the loss to Newcastle the previous Sunday in the Banks Salver. Chasing a massive 284 in 45 overs the Hill were 31 runs short after giving everything in a magnificent run-chase.
President’s Day took place on Sunday 27 August and as always proved to be a huge success.

On to this weekend past (Saturday 2 September) and it was very much ‘After The Lord Mayor’s Show’ for the second eleven who lost their final game of the season by four wickets at Gateshead Fell while the first eleven frustratingly lost to lowly Felling by 40 runs. However pride of place must go to the third eleven who beat Matfen with only 10 men. Batting first they posted 164 for 4 with Saeem Korum making 61 – his fourth 50 of the season. At 77 for 1 Matfen look well placed to take the spoils but three wickets from the returning Assanka Jayaweera. Assanka then replaced Saeem Korum behind the stumps only for Saeem to take a remarkable 5 for 6 as the visitors collapsed to 113 all out.

Saturday (9 September) sees the final first eleven game of the season against Durham Cricket Academy whilst the third eleven travel to Haltwhistle. On Sunday (10 September) the second eleven face Ryhope at the Hill in the final of the Roseworth Trophy. The game starts at 1,00 pm. The following weekend Andrew Dawson’s charges are in action again this time in the final of the James Bell Memorial Cup also at the Hill and again at 1.00pm,.

First of all, apologies to my irate reader (Keith Whitfield) for the absence of recent communications. Fenwick Marley went on his holidays and this resulted in what the late great Brendan Healy would refer to as "turtle chaos".

A few things have happened! – the First Team lost the Banks League Cup in a thrilling game v Newcastle at Jesmond on the same day that the U 19's lost in the semi-final of the County T20. In both games Mother Cricket a.k.a. Lady Luck rather deserted us but the Club could be proud of both efforts.

The following weekend (26/27 August) the wheel turned – on Saturday the Second X1 won their league following an epic season full of endeavour and brilliantly led by rookie captain Andrew Dawson. The team enjoyed a muted celebratory drink like the true athletes they are. Our Seconds are full of true Benwell Hill boys who have stayed loyal and are a credit to the Club. My only criticism of them is that they make me feel old.

On Sunday morning we held a Presidents Day game that was packed with runs, good humour, fantastic catering from Mussett Inc. and showed our Club off in its best possible light. My thanks to all concerned – please take the time to view the brilliant photography of Martin Avery on the BHCC Twitter Account and Website. Norman Green our President is a steadfast supporter of all things Benwell Hill and looked resplendent in his new coloured clothing cap.

After that it was off to the Bullring to play in the Smithson County Cup Final. An old fashioned 20:20 game ensued where 111 was a good score and just enough to beat Tynemouth. This was the first trophy of the Coetzer era and with a fair wind I fervently hope not the last.

It was indeed a memorable Sunday as Barry Pearson in his invaluable Trevor Bayliss role took a 3rd team down to Stockton where they won an important NEPL game to ensure we retained our status in the top Sunday Division. Third team cricket has sometimes been difficult this season in terms of our ability to turn out strong enough teams – we will look to address this over the winter and come out firing in 2018.

On an equally positive note it was great to hear that Martin Avery and the Squashers (not a new beat combo) had triumphed in their Summer League. This was quite a feat as more than 20 teams take part. The new booking system is bearing immediate fruit with greater court usage and income being generated. Top marks!

Top marks also to some of the younger brigade who have enjoyed exam success. Too many to mention but I was delighted to learn that Ben Hynes and Joe Torre will be studying for their degrees in the area – that`s the way forward boys and girls.

Speaking of the girls, I made my debut for Benwell Hill Ladies last Monday – sadly this does not make me unique as Joe Anderson also played because Sally his Mum said he had to. An exciting encounter with the Under13`s resulted in a last ball tie that had a huge crowd on their feet.

Two final thoughts as we near the end of an interesting and ever challenging season. Firstly Haseeb Azam will be flying home to attend his sisters` wedding after Saturdays home game against Felling. Haseeb has provided some real seam bowling control for BHCC and in recent weeks we have seen his undoubted quality with the bat. We wish him very success in the forthcoming Pakistan First Class season.

Secondly the end of season will be time to take stock of where we are on and off the field. If you have any constructive thoughts on this please seek me out or talk to one of my fellow Committee members or alternatively send me an e-mail on simon.lunn@live.co.uk

Episode 10 to follow in two weeks!

Simon Lunn

Weekend Round UP

James Schofield’s 36 not out off 83 balls was the basis of a four wicket win for the 1st XI over Eppleton on Saturday (5 August).  The visitors having won the toss and batted first were constantly held in check by the Hill bowlers and were bowled out for 139 in the 55th over. In reply the Hill lost both openers with only five on the scoreboard and they were further hampered by an 60 minute break for rain.  On resumption they lost skipper Kyle Coetzer with the score at 36. Schofield and Sameet Brar took the score to 80 before Brar was out lbw for 32. Despite losing two further wickets the Hill eased to a comfortable victory.

The second eleven maintain their 32 point lead at the top of the table after a 78 run win at Sacriston. Batting first the Hill declared on 238 for 7 off 47 overs, John Chambers top-scoring with 75 with Joe Anderson, Will Archbold and skipper Andrew Dawson all adding 30s.  The home side were bowled out for 160 with Peter Jones, Aki Tassawar and Joe Kilpatrick each picking up a brace of wickets whilst Joe Torre claimed three.

The West Tyne League third eleven lost to a strong Stocksfield side by 94 runs.

The NEPL third eleven’s game against Newcastle at the Hill on Sunday (6 August) was abandoned due to heavy late afternoon rain, but not before Rory Hanley registered his second senior hundred with 105 off 70 balls.

The first eleven will meet Burnopfield in the final of the Banks Salver after Burnopfield beat Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. The final will be held at Burnopfield on Sunday 20 August at 1.00 pm.

Team Selections

Teams for this weekend's round of games can be found here.

As the season moves into its final third I am delighted to announce that Kyle Coetzer has signed a contract to remain with the Club for a further two years. Kyle has agreed an enhanced role as Director of Cricket with the specific brief of providing a strategic lead on all cricket matters. The aim is to build on the progress that has been made at all cricketing levels within the Club and I am sure all Members will wish Kyle well as he continues his unstinting endeavours on our behalf.

Womens Cricket is hot news at the moment and it was fantastic to see England win the World Cup at the weekend. Former First Team Captain Alastair Maiden played a prominent role in the success of the team as Batting Coach and we look forward to seeing him with his pads on when we stage the Presidents Game on Sunday 27 August. A number of our girls e.g. Annie Anderson, Ellen Williamson, Niamh Brennan to name but three, are doing well in representative cricket for successful Northumberland Schools teams this summer and we have a number of  promising younger girls coming to Junior Practice on Tuesday evenings.

I went to watch Northumberland Under 17's play Leicestershire at Jesmond last week. Max Williamson (Captain), Rory Hanley and Joe Anderson were representing the Hill and all played a prominent part in an excellent performance. The Three Musketeers also played well when the Under 19's fought hard to beat South Northumberland in the 20:20 competition last Friday. Junior Cricket at the Hill is in a good place and it is a key part of Kyle`s role to support the Junior Committee in developing this aspect of the Club in the future.

Various Club Sub-Committees have been meeting lately and I am grateful to the hardy band of volunteers who continue to work so hard to take BHCC forward. The General Committee met this Tuesday evening under the stewardship of  Veteran Hugh Dyson as I was otherwise engaged. Secretary Shaw - always a straight shooter - tells me it was a most constructive meeting and that I am clearly superfluous.

Now that the business end of the season is upon us good luck to all our Teams- still a great deal to play for!

Simon Lunn

Weekend Round Up

Despite a disappointing five wicket loss at Newcastle on Saturday (29 July) the first eleven ended the weekend on a high note by reaching the final of the Banks Salver. An eight wicket win over Tynemouth booked their place in the final where they will now meet either Burnopfield or Newcastle on Sunday 20 August.

The second eleven comfortably beat Newcastle to open up a 32 point gap at the to of the table with five games remaining. A Nick Jones hundred, 12 fours and three sixes off 64 balls, and 53 off 37 balls from skipper Andrew Dawson was the basis of the Hill’s 241 for 7 in 39 overs. Although Newcastle offered middle-order resistance from the experience of Phil Hudson and Keith Brown the Hill’s bowlers bowled the visitors out for 161.

The West Tyne third eleven gave a good account of themselves in losing to Newton by four wickets. A stoic 76 from David Ladd and 30 from Jeff Mason allowed the Hill to reach 157 before the final wicket fell. Newton were made to work hard before reaching their target with four wickets in hand.

Weekend Round Up

Following the previous Saturday’s (July 15) three wins out of three it was a different three of a kind this Saturday (22 July) as heavy morning rain washed out all of the games involving Benwell Hill sides.

Despite both games starting, Sunday’s (23 July) Banks Salver tie at Tynemouth and the NEPL third eleven game at Washington were also rained off. The Banks Slaver game will now be replayed this Sunday (30 July) with either Newcastle or Burnopfield awaiting the winners in the final of the competition on Sunday 20 August.

U19's in fine form

The Under 19 eleven, aka the Benwell Hill Hillbillies, completed a second group stage win of the ECB U19 Club T20 competition on Friday (21 July) evening by overcoming South Northumberland Bushwackers by 16 runs in a low scoring game at Benwell Hill.

Batting first the Hillbillies lost skipper Max Williamson early on for one but Ben Hynes dug in for a much needed 29. Batsmen came and went, with only another two reaching double figures – Shay Stobbart (17) and Joe Anderson (12). The Hillbillies reached exactly 100 at the end of their 20 overs.

In reply, with the sun setting and a tricky pitch to bat on, the Hillbillies claimed an early wicket through Williamson as he avenged his early exit. Like the Hills innings, one batsman grafted, Krishnan with 29, as others fell around him as Rory Hanley tore apart the Bushwackers  line up. The game was looking like it was heading for an exciting finale with Jennings and number 11 Bell put up a good fight for the tenth wicket. Williamson got his man though, caught and bowled, and the Bushwackers were all out for 86.

The Hillbillies won their previous game by beating Cramlington Crusaders by 78 runs earlier in the week. Their next opponents are the Blagdon Young Bulls on Friday (28 July) evening at Denton Bank.

Cricket Playing Survey 2017 - Your Say

Once again the ECB are offering you the opportunity to have your say and influence the future of the cricket you play. This year's survey will only take around 10 minutes of your time. You can give feedback on your satisfaction with the game, the effectiveness of any changes you’ve experienced, and your thoughts on how your cricket should continue to change.

You will also have the chance to enter into a draw to win one of:
£300 cash (payable by cheque)
Signed Cricket Bat from a 2017 England vs South Africa Test
Signed England Shirt from the 2017 One Day International vs West Indies

The thoughts and opinions of the entire cricket family help us shape the game for the benefit of everyone – make sure you have your say here.

Weekend Round Up

The first eleven completed the double over Stockton after a five wicket win at Denton Bank on Saturday (8 July). Winning the toss and inserting the visitors in on a greenish looking wicket the Hill largely through Professional Haseeb Azam (5 for 33) and Sameet Brar (4 for 36), dismissed Stockton for 141 in the 54th over.
In reply the Hill reached their target with relative ease with 23 overs to spare, although the occasional cheap wicket did keep Stockton interested!

There were 50s for Darshana Thiranga and the returning Nick Jones as the second eleven declared on 202 for 8 off 49 overs at Blaydon. The home side’s reply was in tatters from the start as Aqeel Tassawar and Paul Askell dismissed the first seven Blaydon batsmen for 31. Two wicket from William Archbold and one from Peter Jones finally wrapped up the Blaydon innings for 72. Aqeel finished with the excellent figures of 5 for 20 off 10 overs.

The West Tyne third eleven lost by nine wicket to league leaders Allendale.

The half way point of the season has come and gone – I suppose it is a function of advancing age but the time just seems to be flying. Despite the monsoons the ground continues to look beautiful and most Club fixtures are being fulfilled. Sadly some of the Northumberland Schools games have taken a hit although it was a delight to watch Northumberland U 13’s beat Durham convincingly at the Hill last week.

Junior cricket is a key part of Benwell Hill Cricket Club and our Under 11’s have had a great season so far. Part of the fun of watching them play is hearing the anguished cries of the Manager (aka Hon. Treasurer Larry Dawson) as some insane running between the wickets or calamitous fielding costs us dear. The 13’s and 15’s have had their moments and we expect big things of the U19’s ‘Dream Team’ in the County T20 Cup that gets underway soon. My thanks go to the sterling work of all those who make this part of the Club operate so well – especially Barry Pearson who is unstinting in his efforts. This year there has only been one inimitable melt down from Baz which is well under par for the course.

It was disappointing to lose to Felling in the NEPL T20 quarter final but the League Cup remains a target following a tremendous victory against Chester-le Street on Sunday. A top three finish remains the target at First Team level whilst the Seconds have it in them to win their League provided the comedic batting we witnessed last weekend is not repeated. The Thirds have plenty to play for and will be looking forward to a revenge tilt at Typhoon Archbold in a week or two.

The defibrillator quest goes on. It was disappointing to hear that the Leek Show is no more but their legacy of a substantial donation to the fund is most welcome. Tom Murphy`s epic sponsored bike ride and donations over the bar mean we are not too far off.

Finally, two modern day Hill Club Legends are back in town – Nick Jones from Azerbaijan (where?)  and the one and only `Mooth himself` Gavin Richmond who will doubtless be happy to regale us with how  great life is Stateside and what an off spinner he was in his day. Welcome back boys!
More in a fortnight!

Simon Lunn

Junior Cricket Camps

There are a number of junior cricket camps taking place this summer with one here at the Hill at the end of August. The club's director of cricket and 1st XI captain, Kyle Coetzer will be involved throughout. The sessions are priced at £20 per day and run between two and three days. More information can be found at All Round Coaching and booking forms can be found here.

Weekend Round Up

A fine 79 run win over Chester-le-Street on Sunday (2 July) booked the first eleven’s place in the semi-finals of the Banks Salver. Leading from the front skipper Kyle Coetzer hit 118 not out as the Hill set the hosts 260 to win in 45 overs. The Cestrains were bowled out for 180 in the 39th over and the Hill will now travel to Tynemouth  on Sunday 23 July. The win at Chester-le-Street helped make up for the disappointment of losing to Tynemouth in the league on Saturday. Having won the toss the Hill bowled out the home side for 176 in 58 overs. Despite the brave efforts of the captain who was left stranded 81 not out the Hill were bowled out for 153.

The second eleven produced their worst batting display of the season as they were skittled out for 116 by Tynemouth. Had it not been for David Haxon’s 50 things may have been a lot worse. It was left to the bowlers to rescue the day bowling out the visitors for 106.

Following their fine win at Humshaugh last weekend the West Tyne third eleven were bowled out for a paltry 57 in 28 overs by Newton. Former Hill quick David Archbold claimed five Hill wickets including a hat-trick for just six runs.

The NEPL third eleven lost by four wickets at South Shields.

Weekend Round Up

A game in which they found themselves on the very verge of defeat saw the first eleven comeback strongly and almost win a low scoring game at Felling on Saturday (17 June). The Hill had found themselves in trouble at 75-7 but 43 not out from James Schofield, aided by 17-year-olds Rory Hanley (23) and Max Williamson (20) enabled the Hill to reach a modicum of respectibility of 171 for 8 off 58 overs. In reply the home side reached 133 for 2 and with victory seemingly assured, but the loss of five wickets for only five runs almost turned the game on its head with the home side closing on 165 for 8.

Friday’s scheduled T20 group game against Willington was cancelled after the Durham side had conceded the tie late on Thursday. The Hill will now meet Felling at Denton Bank on Friday (23 June) for a place in Finals Day on Sunday 9 July.

The second eleven batting first on a glorious day at Denton Bank against Gateshead Fell, totalled 236 for 9 declared with most of the batsmen contributing. The Fell never looked as if they would reach their target and were bowled out for 115. Leighton Hopper taking 5 for 23.

The third eleven lost by 10 wickets to high flying Haltwhistle.

Tom Goes The Distance!

Congratulations to Benwell Hill Cricket Club member Tom Murphy who chose the hottest day of the year (Saturday 17 June) to complete the 64 mile Cyclone Challenge through Northumberland all in aid of the club’s fund raising efforts to purchase a defibriilator.

Tom set off from Denton Burn and headed north through Whalton and Netherwitton before heading south west just south of Rothbury. Passing through Cambo, Wallington Tom then turned east south of the Hallington Resevoir and passed through Ryal, Matfen and Stamfordham before arriving back at the club.
There are collecting tins on the bar in the club lounge so if you are able to please give generously.

Tom, pictured with wife Veronica, prior to sinking a very well deserved cold beer.

Well done Tom!

As we move inexorably towards the half way point in the season there is much to report:-

1.The much missed Doug Bramfitt R.I.P., was believed to be the oldest member of the Club. A new title holder has been found in Bert Evans – Uncle of Barry and brother of A.C.Evans former Benwell Hill Cricket Club President. Bert is well into his 90's and was a welcome recent visitor to the ground which he thought 'looked a picture'.

2. A well-attended Committee meeting took place last Tuesday without Tom Williamson (74) and Bill Watts  who later offered their apologies as they had 'slept in'! It was-nevertheless- a constructive gathering – some illustrations:-
We have 76 paid up Junior Members (the target was 75).
We have 48 paid up Squash Members and the new computerised booking system is being well received.
New Security Cameras have been strategically placed around the Club House – Be Aware!

A new discrete Internet Connection is to be installed that will further bring us into the 21st Century. Many thanks to Scott Williamson for organising this.

The new sign at the gate has been vandalised. Rather than replace the 'B' we will henceforth be known as 'enwell Hill CC'. A plague on the perpetrator.

The Defibrillator fund is off and running with a donation of £130 from Waitrose and Tom Murphy's wonderful tour of Northumberland (see above).

All First and Second Team match balls are now sponsored as Tom McVinnie bought the last two available. Many thanks to all contributors but especially to Philip Nicholson for promoting this initiative.

We plan to stage the Presidents Game on the last Sunday in August. There is a rumour that this will be the last hoorah for Barry Evans which should pack the crowds in…..
And finally . . . yet another note of congratulation to Kyle Coetzer for scoring a century and leading Scotland to an historic victory against Zimbabwe last Saturday. Suffice to say Kyle will be welcomed back with open arms for the NEPL T20 home quarter final against Felling this Friday and the home clash with Durham Cricket Academy on Saturday. Unbelievably that signals the half way point in the season with everything to play for for all our teams. Good luck to all!

Simon Lunn

Weekend Round Up

Rain washed out Saturday’s fixtures involving all three of the Hill sides, with only three games in the entire NEPL programme going ahead.

On Friday evening (9 June) the first XI booked their place in the quarter-finals of the T20 competition with an overwhelming win over Mainsforth. Batting first at the picturesque Mainsforth ground the Hill scored 165 for 4 in their 20 overs. Sameet Brar top scored with 63 and was given good support from John Chambers (37) and a belligerent 38 off 19 balls from Peter Halliday.

Mainsforth Cricket Club

The home side’s reply got off to the worse possible start losing two wickets in the first over without a run on the board. Sadly for Mainsforth it got no better as the Hill attack took wickets with great frequency. The home side were bowled out for 36 in the 13th over with Peter Jones returning the astonishing figures of 3.4-3-1-5!

The second eleven were unable to emulate the first eleven on Sunday in their group stage of the 2nd XI T20. Having beaten Blaydon by eight wickets in the first game of the round-robin, they failed to qualify for the quarter-final stage losing by 12 runs to Chester-le-Street.

As we move from Spring to Summer it is great to see the ground looking in almost perfect condition. Geoff Chambers was even seen to smile last weekend although this may have had more to do with a mid-afternoon rain and hail storm of biblical proportions that coupled with an opposition League Cup concession enabled him to protect one of his lovingly crafted belting wickets!

On the field, most senior and junior sides are thriving although the West Tyne League boys are struggling a little in the face of the annual exam/wedding/stag do/holiday unavailability issues. The 3rd Team Captain(s) have always had the toughest job in the Club so please try to support Shaun Rushton and co. at every opportunity.

Off the field, the Squash Section is moving into the 21st Century with the introduction of an online booking system. Martin Avery tells me that this will enable easier communication with members and more straight forward monitoring of court usage. It has been great to see the Squash Section thriving in recent times and I have no doubt this is due to the enthusiasm and drive that Martin brings to this aspect of our Club together with the background support of Tom McVinnie.

Short and sweet folks but just to finish with a couple of notes of congratulation – one to Kyle Coetzer for his sensational century for Scotland against Sri Lanka and one to Barry Evans who kept his recent  60th birthday quiet. Recent reappearances on the cricket field have brought the crowds flocking in and may have put some of his contemporaries to shame? The Presidents game looms and Haves has twice been spotted in the Nets . . . pass the Ibuprofen and the Voltarol . . !

Simon Lunn

Ten Ton Nicko!

Phil Nicholson chose Saturday’s game (3 June) at Hetton Lyons to post his tenth score  of 100 or more for Benwell Hill in a game where the home side eventually hung on for a draw. In a career now spanning 29 years Nicko’s 138 (17 fours and one six) beat his previous highest score of 134 against Jesmond in 1999, as the Hill declared on 289 for 7 off 54 overs. In reply Hetton were grateful to their skipper Jarvis Clay, who kept the Hill at bay with 64 not out as the home side closed on 164 for 8 with Haseeb Azam taking four wickets for 30 runs off 15 overs.

The previous evening saw the Hill win their third T20 group game in a row beating Sunderland by 35 run. They now require only one win from their two remaining games to qualify for the quarter final stage.

The second eleven comfortably beat Hetton Lyons at the Hill by 83 runs. Batting first the Hill declared on 228 for 2 off 45 overs with James Schofield carrying his bat for a fine 128. The visitors reply was hampered by an injury to one of their players and the game ended with Hetton Lyons 145 for 9 and the Hill claiming maximum points. Mention should made of the fantastic catch Joe Kilpatrick took diving away to his right at mid-wicket and the superb one-handed catch Peter Jones took at mid-on - Boris appears to be running his own catch-of-the-season competition at the moment!
The third eleven, again suffering the consequences of the injuries and unavailabilities in the first and second elevens, lost by seven wickets to South Northumberland at Riding Mill.

On Sunday (4 June) a weakened second eleven lost by five wickets to Hetton Lyons in the Banks Bowl, whilst another under strength third eleven lost to Tynemouth by nine wickets in the NEPL Sunday Division 1.

Rain saves the day!

A mid-afternoon thunderstorm forced the abandonment of the first eleven game at Denton Bank on Saturday (27 May) against Chester-le-Street after the Hill had struggled to 137 for 9 in the 43rd over. Through a mix of bad luck and injudicious shot selection the Hill looked to be heading for their second loss of the season. Fortunately the rain intervened and the home side dodged the proverbial 'Bullet'!

The second eleven’s game at Chester-le-Street was also affected by the rain. Batting first the Hill had reached 109 for 3 before collapsing to 124 for 8 when thunder and lightening forced the players from the pitch. On the resumption of play the Hill’s innings had been closed and the home side now had 37 overs to reach their target of 125. The visiting bowlers responded magnificently and Chester-le-street were hanging on at the end closing at 114 for 7.

The West Tyne third eleven made 185 for 5 off their 40 overs against Wylam. This was largely due to an opening partnership of 129 between David Ladd (67) and second consecutive half-century from Saeem Korum (67). Wylam’s innings was delay due to a thunderstorm and as a consequence the Hill took to a very wet field to defend their total. Sadly they were unable to do so and Wylam won by eight wickets.

On Sunday the third eleven recorded a fine four wicket win over Blaydon. Needing 199 to win they reached their target with one over to spare. Salar Shah (78*) and Sal Butt (53) the major contributors.

On Friday evening the first eleven had an excellent nine wicket win over Chester-le-Street. On a beautiful late spring evening the Hill’s bowlers were in good form restricting the home side to 109 for 9 in their 20 overs. In reply the Hill lost Sameet Brar in the first over with the score on nine. Thereafter skipper Kyle Coetzer and Haseeb Azam entertained the big crowd to display of shot-play reaching their target with nine overs to spare.

Sunday’s Banks Salver scheduled tie against Mainsforth didn’t go ahead after the opposition conceded the tie and Monday’s Banks Bowl game at Hetton fell foul of the weather.

My all time TV favourite programme is the West Wing wherein the US President played by Martin Sheen is a Nobel Prize winning polymath, an inspirational leader with wit, humanity and superb oratorical skills. Sadly real life is rather different but one of the President`s sayings is "what`s next?" which is ever appropriate for Benwell Hill Cricket Club.

Last year we were bitterly disappointed to be turned down for grant aid by Sport England. Much hard work had been done to identify priorities (Club House refurbishment, Changing Rooms and Toilets modernisation etc, etc) but one of the criticisms was that not enough effort had been done to consult with members. If you have a view of what we should be tackling next please contact either me or one of my fellow Committee Members – we do not have a monopoly on good ideas and are always looking for constructive advice and support.

In the Club House you will notice the new big screen television - this has been funded through the hard work of another group of Unsung Heroes - the Social Committee. Led by Chair Gordon Haxon, Brian Angus and yes – some cricketers - these volunteers do a huge amount of work to provide a programme of entertainment for members and their efforts are very much appreciated. As an aside we realise TV`s in bars are not to everyone`s taste (!) and we will be ever mindful of volume control.

On the field I continue to refuse to tempt fate but there has been some brilliant cricket played thus far. It is a while since I have heard such a cheer as when Joe Moore hooked an enormous six into the car park against Newcastle last week whilst the Club Captain celebrated the arrival of Gabriella Elise Coetzer in sensational style. Many congratulations to the Coetzer family especially Sarah who did all the hard work!

Please read the regular cricket updates on the BHCC website – Sally Anderson's news about the positive start made by the Women's team is well worth a look. Fenwick Marley and his team of scorers and contributors are committed to keeping the site up to date which is no easy task.

Finally, my father said he knew he was getting old when he started to teach the children of children he had taught – coaching wise I passed that stage a long time ago but it is great to see Aaron Armstrong  and Nicholas Walder (sons of former BHCC players Paul and James respectively) in the "young 'uns" group on Tuesday evenings. There were 22 other Under 11's there too – the future is bright, the future is BHCC!!

More in two weeks!

Simon Lunn

1st XI Tie and the 2nd XI get lucky with the weather

On a day when rain had differing effects throughout the league, Benwell Hill and Eppleton managed to start on time, play a full game and ended up with both scoring 165 all out, resulting in a tied game.

In the absence of skipper Kyle Coetzer, vice-captain Mark Dale won the toss and asked the home side to bat. He was immediately rewarded as the Hill bowlers reduced Eppleton to 29 for 5.
A partnership of  65 between Dean Musther and Jandre Erasmus steadied the Eppleton ship but wickets fell regularly and they were eventually all out for 165 in the 56th over. Erasmus was the last man out for 88. For the Hill Max Williamson’s excellent form with the ball continues picking up a further four wickets. He was
given good support from Anthony Hunter (3-23) and Haseeb Azam (3-39).

In reply the Hill opened with two of the league’s most experienced players in Phil Nicholson and Adam Heather. The pair had put on 57 when Nicholson fell for 17. Heather continued to provide the base for victory but was third out for 61 with the score at 95. The loss of both Brar and Azam (run out somewhat controversially) at 102, quickly followed by the skipper left the Hill still 53 short with only four wickets in hand. Runs from Peter Halliday (30), Williamson (16) and Kilpatrick (10*) left the Hill needing two of the last ball of the game, but Anthony Hunter was run out going for that vital second run and the game was tied.

The second eleven were indebted to the two mid-afternoon rain breaks which disrupted the Sacriston innings and left them facing only 35 overs in which they totalled 166 for 2 when a total of 250 plus may have been achieved. The Hill made best use of this slice of luck and chased down the Sacriston total with five balls remaining. Callum Martin top scored on debut with 45 not out.
The West Tyne third eleven continue to struggle due to player availability and lost to Hexham Leazes by eight wickets despite a maiden Hill fifty for Saeem Korum.

The NEPL third eleven beat Stockton at Denton Bank on Sunday (21 May) in a low scoring game. The Hill batting first were bowled out for 123 inside 32 overs with Sal Shah top scoring with 28. Stockton in reply were bowled out for 107 in 29 overs, three wickets each for Sal Shah and Ismael Ahmed.

On Friday evening (18 May) the first eleven got their T20 campaign under way with a resounding 84 run win over Blaydon on a night when very few games were played. Batting first the Hill racked up 208 for 7 off their 20 overs. Kyle Coetzer hit 93 off 46 including 13 fours and three sixes. He was given great support from Sameet Brar 29 off 15 balls, John Chambers 26 off 17 and Haseeb Azam 28 off 16. Blaydon were restricted to 124 for the loss of four wickets in their twenty overs.

Kyle stars in magnificent Scottish victory

Kyle Coetzer (right) and Matthew Cross set up victory for Scotland over Sri Lanka with an opening stand of 201.

Club Captain Kyle Coetzer missed Saturday’s visit to Eppleton as he was on international duty as Scotland took on Sri Lanka at Beckenham, Kent on Sunday. Sri Lanka batted first and made 287 all out in 49.5 overs. In reply Kyle and fellow opener Matthew Cross put on 201 for the first wicket before Coetzer was dismissed for 118 which included 15 fours and four sixes. Scotland went on to record a magnificent seven wicket win with seven overs in hand.

Speaking to Cricinfo afterwards Kyle said: "It was just one of those days, if it goes your way, you've just got to keep riding the wave, keep taking the attack to them and putting them on the back foot," Coetzer said. "So often in the past we would have maybe gone within our shell and not felt as if we were up to the task. But going out and trying to put them on the back foot showed we were. I'm really chuffed with the guys for getting an historic win."

Coetzer praised the Scotland bowling effort, after they kept Sri Lanka below 300 despite half-centuries from Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal and Chamara Kapugedera.

"It's been a great day," he said. "Turned up, the sun was shining - so that was the first win - and thankfully we played a good game of cricket. We restricted them in the field and kept them below 300, which was a really, really outstanding performance.

The full scorecard can be found here.

1st and 2nd XI's register double over city rivals

The first eleven returned to winning ways with a three wicket win over city-rivals Newcastle at Denton Bank on Saturday (13 June).
Starting 45 minutes late due to late morning rain Newcastle were invited to take first knock on what looked a good batting surface.

Newcastle set about their work with relish, particularly their aussie Josh Phillipe who went on to record a fine hundred as the visitors declared on 249 for 7 off 48 overs, leaving the Hill 49 overs to win.
The loss of both openers with the score at 31 brought skipper Kyle Coezter  and former second eleven skipper Joe Moore together in a partnership which added 124 for the third wicket. Moore was out for 44 having played the type of first eleven innings some of us thought we may never see from him! Koetzer meanwhile serenely guided the innings through the occasional set-back to register his second ton of the season finishing 116 not out.

The second eleven beat Newcastle by seven wickets at Heaton. Newcastle, batting first, declared their innings at 160 for 9 in the 49th over. Aki Tassawar  with 3 for 20 off ten overs the pick of the hill bowlers. In reply the Hill eased to victory largely due to a partnership of 90 from John Chambers 55* and the returning Leighton Hopper 51*.

The third eleven lost by 10 wickets at Haydon Bridge.

The first eleven progressed to the next round of the Tyneside Charity Bowl by beating Tillside by five wickets on Wednesday (10 May). They will now meet Morpeth at Denton Bank on Wednesday 7 June. The second eleven beat Hetton Lyons by 77 runs on Friday evening to take their place in the next round of the James Bell Memorial Cup where they will meet either Lanchester or Willington at Denton Bank.

Ladies Cricket Round Up

The Ladies team started their 2017 season with great intent – winning three early matches in the Women’s Northumberland Cricket league. In the first home fixture against Corbridge 2s on Friday 5 May, the girls restricted the opposition to 88 for 6 wickets (with wickets shared between Annie Anderson, Ellen Williamson, Holly Jordan and Molly Brayson).  Opening the batting new girl Emily Whiting and Annie Anderson started well with 27 and 15 respectively.  Holly & Molly reached the opposition’s total in the 19th over with 26 and 9 not outs for both girls. Positive running between wickets and good communication in the field was a sign that the team hadn’t lost any of its cooperative spirit, which had been the key feature of our playing style in the previous two seasons.

At the next match on Monday 8th against Stocksfield 2s we introduced our new secret weapon, Rachael Petherick.  After winning the toss and electing to bat, Rachael quickly lived up to expectations by posting a scintillating 51 before being retired.  Annie was also retired on 32 with Holly Jordan again showing positive batting before being bowled.  Katie Whiting and Ellen Williamson batted the final overs allowing us to post a credible 108 runs in 16 overs.  Stocksfield 2s were unable to offer any great reply to this total and struggled to reach 37 for 7 with wickets taken by Ellen (3), Holly (2) and Rachael (2) as well as the superb support from Katie Dawson and Rachel Pallen.

On Thursday 11 May, the Ladies recorded their highest ever total of 171 after electing to bat at South North.  Opening the batting were the fearless 13 year olds Annie and Emily.  The girls again displayed their fine trademark of dynamic running between wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over at an impressive rate.  When Emily was bowled in the 15th over for 41, Annie moved her scoring tally on with great support from Holly and Katie Whiting, and she ended the innings with an impressive 78 not out (her best innings to date).

What we thought would be a safe and winning total, after South North openers were taken early by Ellen Williamson and Niamh Brennan, was suddenly thrown into jeopardy by the ferocious batting of South North’s Rachel Foreman who nailed three 6s and eight 4s in lightening speed.  It was Annie Anderson who eventually claimed her wicket and the girls mopped up the remaining batters leaving South North all out for 117 in the 17th over.

With some tough matches still ahead of us in May, the girls now need to use this confidence and belief to show the stronger teams in the league that Benwell Hill ladies are a team worth watching!

Weekend Round Up

The first elevens’ 100% start to the new league season suffered a setback at Whitburn on Saturday (6 May) losing by 30 runs. The home sided had won the toss and having elected to bat first were bowled out inside 54 overs with Max Williamson and Anth Hunter each claiming  three wickets. In reply the Hill made steady progress despite the loss of early wickets and had reached 98 for 4 on the stroke of tea when they lost Sameet Brar for 25. Immediately after tea the loss of Haseeb Azam for 24 was crucial to the Hill’s cause as they were bowled out for 127.

The second eleven claimed maximum points defeating Whitburn by 87 runs. Winning the toss and batting first the Hill made 225 for 6 declared off 48 overs, Matty Hynd (52) and Darshana Thiranga (50) the top-scorers. Whitburn’s 10 were bowled out for 138 in 32.1 overs.

The third eleven beat Newcastle in a close game at Riding Mill to record their first win of the season. The Hill were asked to bat first and struggled early on but late order hitting from Shuan Rushton (32*), Ben Hynes (24), Joe Wood (24) and Aqeel Tassawar (21) enabled them to reach 151 for 9 off their allotted 40 overs. Newcastle came within two runs of their target when the game closed. Salar Butt, Aqeel Tassawar and Chris Pounder each claiming a brace of wickets.

Sunday saw the innings of the weekend as 16-year–old Joe Fletcher scored his maiden senior hundred at Denton Bank against Washington. Joe scored 109 not out (13 fours and 1 six) out of a total of 198 for 4. Washington were bowled out  for 142 giving the Hill maximum points.

More fortnightly news!

Keen eyed BHCC supporters and lappers will have noticed the shiny new covers that have arrived on the ground. They have been purchased with a significant grant from The England and Wales Cricket Trust and will help to 'Get the Game On' which is
one of the Governing Bodies key initiatives. The support of
Ian Wardle - Cricket Development Manager for Northumberland Cricket Board - was key in obtaining the grant and we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from both parties.

As BHCC lies on a slope some pipe work adjustment is needed to the new covers and another of the great Hill unsung heroes in Ian Munro is in charge of mechanical engineering. In my other capacity as the practically useless Ground Secretary I am acutely conscious that this is just one example of the invaluable voluntary work that Ian does to support Geoff Chambers. I also want to record my thanks to John Chambers for his recent strimming support on days off from charming the old ladies in John Lewis. The ground truly looks a picture.

On the cricket side of things I am writing very little as I am anxious not to tempt fate. Led by Kyle, Andy, Dan, Shaun and Coolio the spirit abroad thus far is excellent and we have a solid foundation to build a memorable season at all levels.

Junior Coaching is up and running on Tuesday nights and some of the 'littlies' are as talented as we have ever seen. One slight problem we faced last week was combatting severe hypothermia but thankfully none of the girls or boys expired. Coach Andy Jewitt looked very fetching in my borrowed golf fleece and bobble hat.

Finally, it is a big BHCC welcome to Haseeb Azam who has flown in from Pakistan. It was 40 degrees in Islamabad when Haseeb left home on Friday and somewhat less than that when he opened the bowling against South Shields on Saturday following a 17 hour journey.  Such is the life of the Overseas `Pro`. We hope he and his wife enjoy their time in the North East.

More in two weeks folks….

Simon Lunn

Bank Holiday Weekend Round Up

A seven wicket win over South Shields at Denton Bank on Saturday (29 April) maintained the first elevens' 100% start to the season. Before the game started the players, match officials and Benwell Hill officials observed a moments silence as a mark of respect to the recently deceased Doug Bramfitt.

Asked to field first the Hill restricted the visitors to 197 for 6 in 58 overs. Anthony Hunter claimed his first ‘five-fer’ for Benwell Hill and there was a wicket for new overseas professional Haseeb Azam.

In reply the Hill lost Schofield, Heather and Nicholson for 64,  which allowed those watching to enjoy a period of sublime batsmanship from both Kyle Coetzer and Sameet Brar. The pair put on 136 for the fourth wicket Coetzer finishing 69 not out and Brar 86 not out.

The second eleven comfortably beat Boldon by 8 wickets after bowling the home side out for 119. Peter Jones claimed five wickets and David Haxon made a half-century as the Hill eased to victory.

Peter Jones celebrates his five wicket haul with a quiet night in!

The third eleven, short of experienced batters, lost by nine wickets to a very strong Allendale side.

No, not the new Benwell Hill Boy Band, but three of our senior members trying to get to grips with the new NEPL points system - and failing!

On Monday the first eleven eased past Washington in the first round of the Banks Salver. Winning the toss skipper Kyle Coetzer put the home side in and Washington found the Hill's bowlers in a miserly mood with little on offer to score from. Washington wickets fell regularly and they were bowled out for 110 in 43 overs. Max Williamson's fine early season form continued as he claimed six wickets for 20 off eight overs.

The Hill required only 15 of the 45 overs available to reach their target as Sameet Brar smashed 87 off 47 balls. The Hill will now meet Mainsforth at home in the next round on Sunday 28 May.

Weekend Round Up

The first eleven comfortably beat Stockton by seven wickets to make it two wins out two which sees them sitting at the top of the North East Premier League. Tynemouth were bowled out for 123 with Max Williamson claiming six Stockton wickets for 27 off 10.5 overs,  Anth Hunter picked up 3-32 off 10.

The Hill never looked troubled by the Stockton attack and reached their target with 33 overs remaining in the game.

The second eleven were frustrated by a resolute Blaydon side at Denton Bank and had to settle for the better of a drawn game. The visitors won the toss and put the Hill in on a flat wicket. 90 from John Chambers and a fine-looking 65 from 16-year-old Joe Anderson allowed Andrew Dawson to declare on 225 for 6 after 49 overs. Blaydon’s intentions were clear from the start as they looked to defy the Hill attack and hold out for a draw. They achieved that draw despite a late flurry of wickets and closed on 150 for 8.

The West Tyne League opening game of the season saw the third eleven lose by 5 wickets to Stocksfield at Riding Mill.
On Sunday the first eleven travelled to Scarborough in the ECB National Knock Out Cup and were beaten by seven wickets whilst the NEPL third eleven lost by three wickets at South Northumberland.

Matchball Sponsorship 2017

Once again we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor the ball on match days at the Hill. £25 will allow you to sponsor matchball for a 1st or 2nd XI game of your choice. Anyone interested should contact Phil Nicholson or this website.

There are six fixtures remaining without sponsors. A full list of fixtures and sponsors can be found here.

Herewith some fortnightly news and views from the sharp end of voluntary cricket administration!

It was extremely sad to learn that Doug Bramfitt had died suddenly through the week. Doug was probably the oldest member of BHCC and certainly one of the most enthusiastic. Some of us remember Doug donning his running kit when well into his 70's and taking part in the World Masters Athletic Championships at Gateshead and he was a stalwart member of the United Reform Church near the Club. He will be much missed both at games and in his corner of the bar where he enjoyed a little 'Scottish Wine' and passed on the odd surreptitious quiz answer.

Two excellent wins over Tynemouth last Saturday (15 June) got the NEPL season off to a great start. The tropical weather made watching an absolute pleasure and the curious finish to the second team game where someone was 'allergic hand warmered off' probably said it all. Why we do not start later and play well into September is quite beyond me!

At the Hill we may not see any better batting all year than the centuries from Matthew Brown of Tynemouth and Hill Captain Kyle Coetzer whilst six wickets for two 17-year-old-Hill Juniors in Max Williamson and Luke Mussett was most encouraging. The demon barber Joe Moore scored a century at Tynemouth and followed his Chairman's orders to the letter. This was a first!

Saturday also saw the Squash team gain promotion in the Northumberland League. One of the Hill's great unsung heroes Martin Avery texted me with the glad tidings and said he was 'well chuffed' and quite right too. We currently have 45 squash members who play a significant part in our Club and we aim to attract more. Watch this space.

On the subject of unsung heroes there was a collective sigh of relief when Larry and Muriel Dawson returned from their Antipodean adventure. The work that Larry does on the financial side of the Club is immense. I have certainly had my eyes opened to this in the last year or so as Benwell Hill Cricket Club took the tortuous steps to becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC).
I will be returning to this 'unsung hero' theme in subsequent communications.

Finally, as the cricket gets properly underway and the sun starts to beat down on Denton Bank – well you never know - good luck to all the cricketers – Senior and Junior alike. Here is to a successful and enjoyable 2017 season.

Simon Lunn.

Winning start to the new season

The 2017 cricket season got underway on Saturday (15 April) with both first and second eleven’s recording wins over Tynemouth.
Those at Denton Bank were treated to a batting masterclass from Hill skipper Kyle Coetzer who made 121 not out in a five wicket win. Earlier in the day Tynemouth’s Matthew Brown made a very entertaining 123 as the visitors set the Hill 228 to win in 54 overs. 17-year-olds Luke Mussett and Max Williamson each claimed three Tynemouth wickets.

The early loss of James Schofield and debutant Craig Wallace brought Kyle to the wicket at 39 for 2. What followed was an exhibition of innings management as the Hill reached their target with 11 balls remaining.

Meanwhile at Tynemouth the second eleven were also getting the season started in winning style defeating the home side by 64 runs. Batting first the Hill declared on 242 for 8 off 48 largely thanks to 111 from ex-skipper Joe Moore. There was good support for Joe particularly from Paul Askell who made 36.
Joe Moore in action at Tynemouth. Pic: Gordon Haxon

Joe Kilpatrick struck early in the Tynemouth innings but a partnership between the vetran Tony Lion (53) and Andrew Davison (60)  appeard to give the home side a chance of holding on for a draw. However Lion was bowled by Askell and an end was open and the Hill struck to claim maximum points.

The third eleven game scheduled for Sunday (16 April) was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.

Finally to round off an excellent day the Benwell Hill Squash team were crowned as Division 3 Champions.







Benwell Hill Cricket Club

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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