Milford Hall Cricket Club
The Club is situated in the beautiful village of Milford in Staffordshire on the edge of Cannock Chase, overlooked by the magnificent Milford Hall.
Records of cricket at Milford go back over 100 years but the present club dates back to 1930 when a meeting was held at Milford Hall to discuss the formation of a club to replace Walton Cricket Club which had disbanded some years earlier. The new club was duly established, thanks largely to the work of Wilfred Morgan and Bert Snoxall, along with Mrs Levett of Milford Hall who made 'the extremely generous offer of free use of the ground'.
The first pavilion was built in July 1930 and was constructed from old World War One packing cases. This pavilion was replaced in 1970 with the current facility which itself has been extended three times since.
Milford Hall became a founder member of the Staffordshire Club Cricket Championship in 1975 and has participated in every season since, winning a number of team and individual honours on the way.
The Club is now one of the most forward thinking and lively cricket clubs in the county and the main ground is widely acknowledged as one of the most picturesque in the country.
In 2015 Milford Hall will field four teams in the Cicada Staffs Clubs Championship with all games played on Saturday afternoons. The 1st XI, captained by Chris Milward, play in the Premier Division while the 2nd XI, who won the Birmingham League Division Two North last season, play in Premier Division A of the Staffs Clubs Championship. The 3rds and 4ths play in Division 1 and Division4 respectively. They play their home games at Stafford Grammar School.
In 2013, Milford Hall CC joined forces with Shugborough Cricket Club who were an established side playing friendly matches from their home ground in the nearby Shugborough Estate. However, 2015 will see the Shugborough side play competitive cricket for the first time as they have entered the Stone and District League playing under the name of Shugborough MH.
On Sunday's we field a side in the Lichfield League while the 1st XI will aim to go one better in the National Village Cup after reaching the semi finals of this prestigious competition in 2014.
During the summer, training takes place at the club on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm.
Ladies and Girls Cricket
In 2012, the club established a Ladies Section and began playing in South East Staffs Women's League which comprises of 8-a-side fixtures played in midweek. A year later they also joined the Women's Midland League, an 11 a side league played on Sunday afternoon's, and in 2014 won promotion to Division 3.
Training takes place at the club on Monday evenings from 6.30pm.
Milford's Junior Section is highly regarded throughout the county with many members going on to achieve County or District representative honours.
In each of the last four season's, one Milford Junior side has been crowned County Champions with the U15's collecting the title in 2014.
Milford Hall run five Junior sides from Under 9 to Under 15 with training for the U13 & Under 15 age groups on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm and for the Under 9 and Under 11's training is Friday evenings from 6.30pm.
We are an ECB Clubmark and Focus Club which means we are recognised as being child friendly and provide a safe environment for children to play cricket. We have several coaches to help plan, coach and develop the skills men and women, girls and boys and at all age groups and of all abilities. All of our coaches are ECB qualified and certified by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). Milford Hall CC works closely with our Pyramid Schools and the local community to provide a facility not only to play cricket but for other functions too.
Would You Like to Play Cricket?
New members of all abilities are welcome to join us. Please contact Steve Jenkinson for further details on Senior Cricket on 07734 799172, Dave Firth for Junior Cricket on 07715 239827 or Alex Smith on 07801 594125 for Ladies cricket.
Watch Cricket at Milford
From mid April, there is often a Junior or Ladies match taking place on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening, starting around 6.00pm- 6.30pm. Senior matches take place every Saturday start at 1.00pm. Sunday Junior matches start at 10.00am and Seniors and Ladies at 2.00pm. Please check the website fixtures for further details.
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark