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.
update: Friday 21 April 2017
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.
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.
It is with deep sadness we announce the death of the club's oldest member, Doug Bramfit who passed away aged 92 on Thursday 13 April. A popular and regular figure around the club, Doug will be greatly missed by everyone.
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The 2017 cricket season gets underway on Saturday 15 April. Kyle Coetzer's first eleven entertain Tynemouth at Denton Bank. The game starts at 11.45. Meanwhile the second eleven under the captaincy of Andrew Dawson travel face a bracing trip to the seaside to meet Tynemouth second eleven starting at 12.15 pm. The NEPL eleven open their season on Sunday with a home game against South Shields. This game starts at 1.30 pm.
Teams for the aforementioned games can be found here.
Junior Outdoor Practice
Click on the above image for full details of Junior Cricket Coaching at Benwell Hill Cricket Club throughout the coming summer.
Hugely Successful Ladies Fundraising Event at Benwell Hill Cricket Club
Huge thanks to everyone who supported the fundraiser on Saturday 11 March in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research, held in the recently refurbished lounge. The event was organised by Jane Haves in memory of her late father Steve, a member of Benwell Hill Cricket Club.
Due to the generosity and goodwill of those attending the event raised over £1200. The event also was boosted by a visit by Daniel Craig! (oops, sorry it was in fact new chairman Simon Lunn - pictured above).
More information about the magnificent work that PCUK do can be found here.
Their Facebook page can also be found here.
The afternoon was so successful that plans are already in place to repeat the event next year. More images of the fundraiser can be found here.
Well done everyone!
New signings for 2017
Benwell Hill are delighted to announce the signings of Craig Wallace and Gavin Main for the 2017 North East Premier League season.
Craig is an explosive opening bat who has represented Scotland in seven ODI's joins from Forfarshire Cricket Club and will provide impetus at the top of the order.
21-year-old Gavin will bring a much needed cutting edge to the bowling attack. Gavin has represented Scotland in T20 internationals and also made his first class debut for Durham in 2014.
Everyone at the Hill welcomes both Craig and Gavin to the club and wish them every success in 2017
Junior Practice Times
Junior practice takes place every Tuesday evening at Benwell Hill Cricket Club. We are always happy to see new faces and everyone is welcome. Timings are as follows:
Under 11 4.30 to 5.30 Under 13 5.30 to 7.00 Under 17 7.00 to 8.30
To coincide with the club's centenary in 1983 Alan Evans, father of Barry, together with the help of Jack Marshall and Allan March, undertook to write the history of Benwell Hill Cricket Club. What followed was clearly a personal and heart-felt history of a club he loved very much.
Alan Evans joined the club in 1933 as a sixteen year old and remained a member until his death in January 2002.The book which is out of print, has now been produced in a pdf format for you to download by clicking on to the image below.
(It make take a while to download as it is a big file. To keep the pdf and not to have to download it everytime, you may have to 'Save As' from your browser menu bar.)