Enville Cricket Club is situated within the grounds of
Enville Estate in South Staffordshire .The earliest reference to cricket being
played at Enville was a letter from John Beckett, the Estate Agent to Lord
Stamford, on the arrangements for a match to be played in July 1821 as part of
the celebrations of the coronation of George IV.
The man mainly responsible for the development of the
cricket ground was the Rt Hon George Harry Grey, Earl of Stamford and
Warrington 1827-1883. The ground which measures some six and a half acres was
excavated so that the right foundations could be prepared to ensure good
drainage; this was followed with the application of binding soils to give
excellent growing conditions.
In 1851 his Lordship was President of the MCC and from
1854-1857 both the England XI and the breakaway United England XI were visitors
to play an Enville 22 as his Lordship had the power of selection of any
Gentleman in England.
On the 1st August 1857 there appeared in the London
Illustrated News a description of the Enville ground and a comparison was made
to Lords cricket ground. Having taken every -thing into account the Enville
ground was given precedence over Lords and must be accounted the finest cricket
ground in the world.
In 1870 the legendary Dr W G Grace played at Enville for the
South of England XI against an I Zingari 18. Batting first I Zingari scored
233; the South of England struggled to find gaps in the field of 18 and were
all out for 133 and 65, the Doctor recording scores of 14 and 10.
Today the club run four senior teams on Saturdays in the Worcester County League a Sunday XI in the Worcestershire Sunday
Border League and a mid-week Over 45's team and youth teams from Under 6 to Under 19