50 Not Out


The next session – Thursday January 8th 12:30-2:30pm

Come along and give it a try!!! – our blog below tells you what we’ve been up to before!

Note:-  Starting in the January there will be even more activities under the 50 Not Out Umbrella to fill the close season

Monday mornings 10am-11am the hugely successful New Age Kurling (with Age UK) will continue in Tower 3, Riverside Suite

Friday mornings 11am – 12 noon “50 Not Out Cricket”, a slow pace blend of cricket games funded through Move Into Sport, in Riverside Sports Pavillion

“You don’t know if you don’t try!”.

Anyone who would like to come and join in is really welcome. Just come along at 12:30 to the media centre or give us a call on 0191 387 2899 if you would like more information. The atmosphere is really informal, the activities are varied, it is just a great way to meet  friends and enjoy trying out a new activity.

Check the blog below then come and join in!

50 Not Out is our very own adult health, well being and digital gap programme run through Durham County Cricket Foundation with the support of Northumbrian Water Ltd.

The programme consists of two activities and starts at 12.30 lasting two hours. The second hour provides the option to participate in the Nordic Walking session at the Riveside Pavillion. The aim is to offer new activities as much as possible. New members are always very welcome. We meet at the Education Centre, Emirates Durham ICG, Chester-le-Street Durham DH3 3QR.

The 50 Not Out programme blog is at the bottom of this page it will give you an idea of some of the things the group has taken part in:

50 Not Out continues throughout the year on the 2nd Thursday in each month:-

the dates for the next couple are January 8th, February 12th.


For more information please contact us – click here

To Bowl Or To Throw?

Week 2 of the 50-Not Out cricket saw us learning the basics of bowling and throwing – the differences the similarities the techniques! Lots of laughs were had! Colin and Paul are certainly set for being our fast bowlers but James, closely followed by Mary, won the hitting the stumps prize! It was interesting to experience how much a bowler has to think about! There were many shouts of “why is this so tricky it looks so simple when Mick demonstrates!!!”

Next week we will put the skills together and get into playing a game!!

Looking forward to it. We would really encourage anyone else to come along and give this a try!

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Opening Partnership!

50-Not-Out Cricket is up and running. Fridays 11am-12noon until March 20th.

The first session was really great fun – everyone left saying how much they had enjoyed it, how much they had learned and how much they are looking forward to next week.

Throwing and catching may seem really simple but…apparently not….however we did learn and from the beginning with little coordination actually developed to “hands up/ hands down / one handed whatever you want” and no crocodile styles in sight!!

Batting, now there another challenge altogether but nothing beats that lovely “thwack” when the ball comes off the sweet spot!!

Sally even almost managed a shot that almost looked like she was trying to play cricket rather than some other as yet unknown sport!

Can’t wait for next week!


Boccia and Ori-Barmy


The last session of 2014 was enjoyed by all! We began with another go at Boccia – bit of training first (much complaint about the uneven floor!!) and then into the match. Boccia Battle Red against Blue!!  Boccia described in cricket terms makes for great entertainment! Wish SKY had been here, especially to see Jeff’s wonderful winning shot for Blue!!! Much laughter was enjoyed.

Then it was across to the media centre for a well earned cuppa and a bit of Christmas craft!

Origami? Ori-barmy? Ori-gastly? certainly Ori-laughter… but we now all know how to recycle a Christmas Card into a gift box!!

Great 2014 season – can’t wait for January 8th 2015 for the next installment of laughs!



Playing for a Trophy!!

The Riverside Suite New Age Kurling group had the last session before Christmas – there were some really close ends played today and some very tactical play developing but most of all plenty of laughter! The Royal London One Day Cup Trophy was on display to help inspire the players!! The group starts up again on January 12th! See you there!!!

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New Age Kurling

We are having great fun during these November Mondays and are really pleased that the group can continue in the New Year.

We’ll use this blog to let you know how we are getting on!

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Boccia Battles!

50 Not Out today was a Boccia Fest!

We began with some serious training, to improve power and precision! Propelling foam balls out of hoops, aiming to land on a target made of 4-6 cards and finally aiming at skittles. The deceptively uneven floor made for some challenges!!

Then it was reds against blues from opposite corners aiming at the jack!!

Red were going for the whitewash until the final blue ball that blasted the jack back to the blues!! See training really does help!!

Then time for a cuppa and a play with the robotic Lego!

Can’t wait for next month, this group is so friendly and such fun.




Target Cricket

Well, 50 Not Out was up to the usual tricks – make it up as you go along – (Well why alter a winning plan!?!)

The willing group did a bit of batting practice up against the nets and it was decided that was certainly a great way to get rid of day to day frustration!! Then we worked together to sort the rules for our little target cricket game. Two teams aiming a multiple stumps, trying to knock off the cones. Team members at opposite sides (saves chasing back and forth after the balls!!) launched the balls by throwing / bowling and batting!! despite some members claining they would never make a cricketer there was some really accurate shots!!! A well earned cuppa followed plus a bit of time to investigate the lego robotics kits (we might do more of this!)

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Swapping Tea for Tee

The September session for 50 Not Out presented the group with a fun golf session. Durham county Council Leisure services kindly lent us a great set on chipper and putters plus some great targets and a fun set of challenges.  The group of 12 split into 3 teams and began to work through the games. Quickly it became apparent that the only way to win was to change the rules!!

As ever the atmosphere was really friendly and relaxed and everyone was really quite surprised at their improvement over the session! Carol even managed to hit a drive that connected right with the middle stump of a strategically placed wicket!

We then swapped the tee for some tea and went for a well earned sit down and a chat in the international press room where we were entertained by watching an adult cricket session on the pitch and an entertaining Yorkshire match on the television!

What will next session bring!?!


Caught and Sewn

Learning Beyond the Boundary is running a community sewing project to celebrate Durham County Cricket Club.

For more details on how to get involved contact us.

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Click to see how the 22 yards of sewing looks at the moment.