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Blackhall is a village that was developed in the early part of the 20th Century as the Durham coalfield moved towards the coast.
The Miners’ Welfare organisation levied a penny from all wages to allow development of sports and leisure facilities, resulting in the building of Welfare Park.
The Cricket Club was formed in the late 1920s and originally entered the Durham Coast League. Sporting pride was important to the pit villages in Co Durham, and those who had sporting talent often found themselves offered promotions by rival collieries, with the proviso they changed their sporting allegiances too!
As a result Blackhall were a strong club in the 1930s, and they employed the services of a “gun” professional in Jack Carr. Entering the NYSD League in 1933, they clinched the League in their first season, and twice more in the next 6 years, adding Kerridge Cups for the "double" in 1933 and 1939.
Perhaps more fitting for a club with a small population from which to draw competing against larger town-based clubs, the post-war years mainly saw Blackhall fight gamely in the bottom half of the NYSD A Division, a 1960 Kerridge Cup success the happy exception.
The 1980s was known as the West Indian era. The building of the social club (by club members) on the ground allowed the club’s funds to swell enough to employ overseas professionals. Des Haynes ('81 & '82), Roger Harper ('83) and Clayton Lambert ('84-'91) were a triumvirate of players to represent both Blackhall and the West Indies, ensuring good crowds at games and hugely entertaining cricket.
The club went undefeated in 1986 with 12 wins and 16 draws, but only finished 2nd, 9 points adrift of eventual winners Thornaby. Another runner-up position was secured in 2001.
Relegated in 2004, the club bounced back winning Division 1 in 2006, but were relegated again in 2009.
Since then, Blackhall has settled into Division 1, a league which is becoming increasingly competitive each year. There is a thriving junior section, fielding teams from u-11 through to u-19, and all players are welcome to come and enjoy their cricket at a small, friendly cricket club with good facilities.