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History

Old Hill Cricket Club was formed in 1884 and was originally part of the Municipal Borough of Rowley Regis which is now the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell. Historically the club has been situated in the County of Staffordshire although boundary changes at one time placed it within the ambit of Worcestershire. It is for this reason that there is a joint affiliation with the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Cricket Boards.

The Club joined the Birmingham & District League in 1920 and has remained within the Birmingham & District’s League sphere since that time joining the Birmingham & District Premier League on its inception in 1998. Over the years the club has been associated with many famous cricketers including Eric Hollies who went on to play for Warwickshire and England and also Charles Palmer who played at the age of 14 batting at number 11 for Old Hill 2nd XI. He was later to rise from this lowly beginning to play for Worcestershire, Leicestershire and England and ultimately became secretary to Leicestershire and President of the MCC eventually taking the premier post in cricket as Chairman of the Cricket Council and the Test and County Cricket Board.

The Old Hill ground with its grassy tree lined slopes set next to Haden Hill Park is rated to be one of the prettiest in the country. On joining the league in 1920 the ground was basin shaped with a pronounced slope. Measures were taken in 1923 to level off the playing area and a scoreboard and press box were erected. The ground was originally held on a lease but in 1934 the club raised £3,000 in ten weeks to buy the ground and a tablet was unveiled in 1938 in the pavilion recording the names of donors and a celebration in 1935 of the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. The ground was levelled off and enlarged to its present state in 1947 and a refreshment building was erected in 1950. This building was further extended in 1977 and in the late 1990s a successful application to the Foundation for Sport and the Arts enabled a grant to be obtained which extended the present Clubhouse.

The club’s halcyon days from a national point of view occurred in the 1980s and early 1990s. During that period the club appeared in five National Knockout finals at Lord’s winning on four occasions in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1993 being unsuccessful in a replay at Edgbaston in 1989. During those years the Club was associated with further famous players and ex Test Cricketers including R G A Headley (West Indies), Mushtaq Mohammed (Pakistan) and G A Matthews (Australia) and Dean Headley who appeared for England in Test Cricket in the late 1990’s and 2000 started his cricketing career at Old Hill and progressed through to both the County and the Test scene. He also represented the club in one of the National Knockout finals and is proof of the compliance with the ECB Raising the Standard Policy which was issued in 1997. 

The club currently runs three Saturday XIs competing in the Worcestershire County League. There is a vibrant junior section, competing at three age groups and the Club runs a very popular All-Stars program for the Under 8's.

Old Hill Cricket Club strives to promote all that is best for the development of cricket with high standards of performance, sportsmanship, playing facilities and preparing the best young players for County cricket. 

The club is an integral part of the local community and provides a service in a deprived area. The club offers the opportunity for all individuals in the community to participate in sport and cricket in a fully resourced child friendly and effective environment with which all club members are proud to be associated.


The Club is in partnership with the Sandwell Cricket Development Group and is a focus club within the Staffordshire Cricket Board and fully subscribes to the Staffordshire Cricket Board plan for cricket within the County and also the National strategy under the ECB strategy plan.