50 Not Out


The next session – Thursday June 11th 12:30-2:30pm

Come along and give it a try!!! – Croquet-Cricket is on the plan!

 There are even more activities under the 50 Not Out Umbrella to fill the close season

Our Caught and Sewed project – creating the celebration banner continues each Monday 10am-12noon in the Media Centre.

Monday mornings 10am-11am the hugely successful New Age Kurling (with Age UK) will continue in Tower 3, Riverside Suite – during the season this is one each month call 0191 387 2899 for dates  – next two are April 13th and May 18th.

 “50 Not Out Cricket”, a slow pace blend of cricket games funded through Move Into Sport – watch out for future dates following the very enjoyable initial course.


“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 coming up are February 12th, March 12th, April 9th, May 14th, June 11th, July 9th, August 13th, September 12th, October 8th, November 12th and December 10th.


For more information please contact us – click here

The Leading Edge of Sport

Not to be beaten by the invention of Football-Golf 50 Not out have invented Croquet-Cricket. A few wooden hoops, some rice in a tub and the odd bit of oversized lego and all you need is a few bats and balls. We improved the rules as we went and now believe we have the next new thing!!

The was not, however, the only sport on offer on a beautiful warm June day. The group commented that they were enjoying the luxury of a full sized table for ping after having to adapt to a round one in May. At the other end of the arena there was some bowling being practiced ready in case they England team need our help during the ODI against New Zealand on 20th June!!

Much laughter, as always, from the group that continues to grow in numbers.

PING Cricket Croquet multi sports

Uni Match Day in the Cathedral Suite

The April session of 50 Not Out saw the group having lots of laughs with Boccia and Table Tennis in the Cathedral Suite. We began by spening some time watching a little live cricket from the balcony in the Castle View Suite as Durham CCC played Durham University Team in the traditional start of the season match.

Then the group came and participated in a Boccia and makeshift Table Tennis. This is now the third different surface the group has played Boccia on and there was much discussion over the difficulty of negotiating the pattern in the carpet!! – maybe we should have turned the wicket by 90 degrees??? We had some very much appreciated refreshment and continued the laughs.

Someone observed that “Laughter de-ages you” and everyone said all this bending and walking up and down is great exercise – much better than sitting on a sofa!!! – then we went home …to sit on the sofa for a well deserved rest!!!

Can’t wait for next month!

February Activities

The February session was a packed session. Inspired by the view over the pitch we began with a round robin of adapted games! Table Tennis (no net and big gap in between two tables!!) Quoits (scored as you like) Mini Carpet Bowls (avoiding the cross traffic!!) and Table Cricket (with Lego Robot bowler and cups to aim in!)

Then it was time for a cuppa and a adapted game of Beetle … Cricket Pitch!!!

Looking forward to March.

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50 Not Out Special Session “Grow to Eat”

Thursday 26th March 1pm-2:30pm In the Media Centre at the Emirates Durham ICG!

Age UK will present a session on growing your own food – in little pots, washing up bowls…whatever is to hand. Demonstration and FREE Plants to give away!!!

Come along and enjoy.


We All Love New Age Kurling

The group is really established and going strong. Such a friendly atmosphere and some really excellent playing. The deceptive floor is still a cause for hilarity and something to blame for poor shots but it all adds to the fun. the view this morning was beautiful as the sun picked out Lumley Castle and the groundstaff began to work on the pitch that was also bathed in sunlight! The room was warm, the company delightful and the exercise just right – what better way to start the week!

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3 Activity Session for the New Year

50 Not Out started the new year with an action packed 3 activity session – Ping, Table cricket and Boccia.

The Table Cricket was a real blast with the group getting to grips with the rules (or just making them up as they went along!!) Ping is a version of table tennis that can be played on any table at all – We were lucky today as we had a real Table Tennis Table available and everyone really surprised themselves with how much fun it was. Boccia as ever was popular – although today’s rules were quite unique!!

It was great to see everyone again for 2015!!

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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