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2018 AGM
Dec 27, 2017, 8:10 pm

Our Annual General meeting (AGM) has be booked for Sunday 21st January with a 6pm start and will be held in the Rugby Club function room.

Members are urged to try to attend to have your say how you want your club run.

Fixtures should be available at the AGM for the new league.

If you would like to bring anything up and you cannot attend the AGM contact your chairman.  

Check out the latest Home Office Immigration Rules for Cricket Overview as of 30/11/2017
Dec 11, 2017, 7:25 pm

The following table is provided as general overview only. The ECB are not registered immigration officials therefore if you require specific immigration guidance you will need to contact UK Visas and Immigration. 

Clubs wishing to use the services of a player who is not on a Tier 5 Creative & Sporting (Non FCC) visa, must ensure that the visa allows them to play and/or coach.

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Supplementary Employment 

An additional job in the same profession and at the same professional level as the work for which your Certificate of Sponsorship was assigned; and No more than 20 hours per week; and Outside of the normal working hours for which your Certificate of Sponsorship was assigned. In addition, you must continue to work for your sponsor in the job recorded on your Certificate of Sponsorship.

"Professional Sportsperson"

The term "Professional Sportsperson" is defined by the Rules as someone, whether paid or unpaid, who:

"is providing services as a sportsperson, playing or coaching in any capacity, at a professional or semi-professional level of sport; or

"being a person who currently derives, who has in the past derived or seeks in the future to derive, a living from playing or coaching, is providing services as a sports person or coach at any level of sport, unless they are doing so as an "Amateur"."

The Home Office has advised that it would consider that the following are likely to be included in the definition of "Professional Sportsperson":

* players who have played for professional or semi-professional clubs at junior levels, which may include under 19s teams, whether they were paid or not;

* coaches of junior teams of professional or semi-professional clubs, whether they were paid or not;

* former professional sportspeople who have formally reverted to amateur status according to the rules of their sport; and

* players who have played representative sport for their state, country, or territory, whether they were paid or not.

"Amateur Sportsperson"

A person who engages in a sport or creative activity solely for the personal enjoyment and who is not seeking to derive a living from the activity. This also includes a person playing or coaching in a charity game.

"Seeking to derive a living"

A person may be considered to be seeking to derive a living if they are part of a Player Pathway.

"Player Pathway"

Player “Pathway” definition: A player may be considered to be on a “Pathway” and therefore classified as a “Professional Sportsperson”, if that person has played cricket above U17 at state / province / territory level (paid or unpaid) in any country.

"Reasonable expenses"

What is considered reasonable will be based on the cost in the geographical location of where the person is living - Reimbursement of airfare, board & lodgings.

The Home Office definition for "Payment" of "reasonable expenses" for a player travelling on a Standard Visitor Visa (SVV) is stated as follows:

"The applicant must not receive payment from a UK source for any activities undertaken in the UK, except for the following:

(a) reasonable expenses to cover the cost of their travel and subsistence.

(Refer to the Immigration Rules Appendix V: visitor rules under Clause V4.7(a))

If you have any questions on the above, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2017 Presentation Evening
Nov 26, 2017, 8:47 pm

We held our presentation race night at the rugby club on Saturday 25th November, our awards went as follows;


1st Team


1st Team finished 8th in the Premier Division, a  poor season effected by injuries and suspensions. 7 wins, we drew 5 games all effected by the weather. We took 48 batting bonus points and 63 bowling points. We finished on a total of 276 league points.  


1st Team 2017 - Players Player Award- David Dent.


1st Team 2017 Bowler Award – Scott Maddison 28 Wkts @ 17.64, best figures was 5 for 37 against Backworth CC, 125.1 overs with 17 maidens. 1 – 5 wicket haul.


1st Team 2017 Batsman Award – David Dent 489Runs @ 30.56, Highest Score 67 not out against Blagdon CC, with 5 - 50s in 17 innings with 1 not out.



2nd Team


2nd Team finished 4th out of 12 teams in the 2 Division amassing a total of 359 league points winning 10 games, 4 weather draws. We took 69 batting points and 66 bowling bonus points.


2nd Team 2017-Players Player Award – Kevin Hetherington


2nd Team 2017 Bowler Award – Jonny Acaster 25 Wkts @ 7.40, best figures was 6 for 10 versus Berwick CC, 67.5 overs with 25 maidens. 1 x 5 wicket haul.


2nd Team 2017 Batsman Award – Kevin Hetherington 498 Runs @ 71.14 Highest Score of 75 not out against Tynemouth CC, with 7 not outs in 14 innings. 6 x 50’s .


Special mention went to Matty Tanney for Midweek captains job he did during the season, not looking to win games but to give members a chance to play.


Special Award 


Went to Bernie Tanney for all his efforts helping our grounds man, always willing to come over and help out, great clubman.


Sponsors for the evening


Club Sponsor for 2017


KMB Brickwork

Race Night Sponsors


Storm Roofing of Ashington — Race 1

The Cree — Race 2 

David Wanless — Race 3

Adam Peacock — Race 4 

Callum Milburn — Race 5 

David Dent — Race 6 

Bernie Tanney — Auction Race 

Bubbles — The Program 

Chris Harwood — The Evening 

Paul Milburn — The Raffle 

Sportsworld Rugby—The Sales Pitch


New N&TCL 2018 season
Nov 22, 2017, 7:10 pm

We attended the last AGM for the Northumberland Cricket League on Tuesday 21st November and then new joint league AGM for the newly formed Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League.

Fixtures will be out soon, we were informed that the first league game will be played on 14th April 2018, 1 week earlier than we used to start. When the fixtures are released members will be informed and fixtures sheets will be given out. 

Leagues 1 & 2 will have 2 umpires for each match and leagues 3, 4 & 5 North and South will have 1 umpire, if there is any spare umpires they will be given position's in League Division 3 to try to get this league up, to 2 umpires for each game. League Division 6 North and South will have no umpires.

It will certainly be a change from what we have been used to with clubs from our old league now looking for professionals, our club is not one of those, we will be playing with what we have and any new players who want to play for us without a payment. 

Club clothing for Christmas
Nov 17, 2017, 9:12 pm

If members are looking for a present for Christmas this year why not look to order some of our clothing range.

If you want it for Christmas you will need to let your Chairman know by no later than Friday 24th November.

Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League 2018 Structure
Nov 11, 2017, 6:48 pm


The new season starting 2018 will see the merger of the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League and the Northumberland Cricket League to form a league with 8 divisions, the bottom 4 being regionalised to try to cut down on the traveling.

 Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League 2018 Structure


Division 1

Division 2

Division 3

Alnmouth & Lesbury


Ashington Rugby


Annfield Plain



Bates Cottages 

Benwell & Walbottle







Newcastle City

Cowgate Sports

Blue Flames

Percy Main






Shotley Bridge  


Gateshead Ethnic Minorities





Seaton Burn      




Whitley Bay


Division 4

Division 5 North

Division 5 South

Alnmouth & Lesbury II

Alnwick II

Annfield Plain II

Ashington II

Bates Cottages II

Benwell & Walbottle II

Backworth II

Bedlington II

Consett II

Civil Service

Blagdon Park II 

Cowgate Sports II

Clara Vale

Blue Flames II   

Greenside II


Morpeth II         


Newcastle City II

Percy Main II     

Lanchester II

Ponteland II

Seaton Burn II  

Leadgate II

Shotley Bridge II

Tillside II

Lintz II



Ryton II

Swalwell II


Stocksfield II

Whickham II

Whitley Bay II   

Tynedale II





Division 6 North

Division 6 South



Blyth II


Ashington Rugby II

Bomarsund II


Berwick II

Civil Service II



Corbridge II


Kirkley II

Cramlington II



Hebburn II





Stobswood II

Monkseaton II


Ulgham II

Monkseaton III


Warkworth II

Tynemouth III






Cricket Square
Nov 5, 2017, 7:52 pm

Our cricket square had its first aeration since the end of season renovations today 5th November. Aeration helps the square with drainage, getting air in the soil and it also supports the grass root system.

We try to do our aeration at different depth each year so not to have the root zone at one depth, which can cause problems.

Cricket Square
Oct 31, 2017, 11:29 pm

Following the end of season work (big thank you to our Groundsman and Dean Greaves who helped out) where we once again invested heavily in improving our square, with 3.5 tonnes of Surrey loam and 4 bags of seed along with the fertiliser and the green on granules treatment.

The square is looking very good the best grass coverage we have ever had; our groundsman was looking pleased when he was over last Saturday to cut the square grass down as it had grown so much.

Next job sometime soon will be the aeration of the square when the weather is right with the square being firm enough to get our machine on without causing any damage. 

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