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.
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.
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 four Saturday XIs together with a Sunday XI, the Sunday XI participating in the Worcestershire Sunday Cricket League The Club’s first and second XIs compete in the Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League and the Club’s third and fourth XI compete in the Worcester County League. In addition, their is a vibrant junior and women's section which at the present time has approximately ninety youngsters participating in training on a Friday evening.
Old Hill Cricket Club subscribes to the objectives of the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League namely to promote that which 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.
In addition to is participation in the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League the Club has entered into and become part of, partnerships with the Sandwell Cricket Development Group and North Worcestershire Cricket Development Group. The Club 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.