Welcome to Solihull Municipal Cricket Club
Solihull Municipal Cricket Club offers a fantastic playing facility.
Three sides play on a Saturday in the Warwickshire League with the 1st Team promoted to the Premier league for the 2015 season and have Retained that status for the 2016 season and two on a Sunday in the Arden League.
The Club offers a friendly, welcoming, competitive social outlet to anyone who would like to participate in cricket. For
further details, please see the contact page.
Click Here for membership information and how to join Solihull Municipal Cricket Club.
All youth levels are
catered for with league fixtures for ages 8-17. Qualified coaches run training sessions on a Thursday
evening during the summer.
We also enter two teams in the Shirley Midweek League as a pathway for youth members to progress and play in a competitive league.
During the winter we also run two indoor sides competing in the Saltley Indoor League on Saturdays.
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History of Solihull Municipal:
Solihull Municipal Cricket Club began life as Solihull Nalgo back in 1948. In 1955 the name changed to Solihull Municipal and in 1958 Councillor Edgar Nathaniel Hiley opened the clubhouse. In 1965 the Club had the strength to run two sides and league cricket became prevalent in the late sixties with the introduction of the James Travel Central Warwickshire League. The first X1 won the title in 1970, 1972, 1973, and 1980, whilst the second X1 were successful in 1974, 1978, and 1983. There then followed a few barren years in the Warwicks and Staffs Championship before the Warwickshire Cricket League, which pioneered pyramid cricket throughout the area.
In 1982 club grounds throughout the Midlands were invited to stage matches between ICC playing countries for the right to appear in the 1983 World Cup. The club was privileged to host Israel versus USA and the efforts of Alan Swift and Maurice Wiggins in ensuring the ground was in shape were rewarded with in excess of 500 runs scored
The pyramid system provided the incentive for the Club to become stronger. It was recognised that in order to compete at a higher level we needed to attract better calibre players in the short term, and to establish a junior section for the long-term prosperity of the club. In the winter of 1993 the services of Gary Parker were acquired from Moseley CC with a brief to set up a junior section. The following couple of seasons saw the junior section thrive to such an extent that teams were fielded at U-11, U-13, U-15, and U-16 levels. The late 1990s saw the 1st X1 begin to push upwards, gaining promotion from Divisions 4, 3, 2, and 1 between 1997 and 2001 when we reached Birmingham League Division 2. However, the success of those seasons was not sustained as players moved on and the Club suffered several relegations before a period of stability followed by a number of promotions that sees the club competing in 2015 in the Premier Division of the Warwickshire Cricket League.
The thriving nature of the junior set-up necessitated the need to provide them with opportunities to further test themselves and the step was taken in 2010 to enter a team of mainly 14-19 year olds into the Shirley Midweek League. The success of this venture led to us being the only team to be represented by two sides since 2012.
Furthermore, the Club registered a 3rd X1 to participate in the newly merged West Midlands 3rd X1 and Warwickshire Single Teams Leagues. The Club was fortunate enough to enter a partnership with Meriden Parish Council for the use of their new facility, in the village centre, which became home for 3years. However, that period expired in 2014 and the Club sought to move closer to home and, after much negotiation, Club Chairman Paul Gennoe and the Governors of Widney School reached an agreement to upgrade the facilities and we look forward to a new chapter in our history.
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