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Sheffield Shield
JLT Sheffield Shield Logo.png
CountriesFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Administrator Cricket Australia
Format first-class
First edition 1892–93
Next edition 2018–19
Tournament formatDouble round-robin, then final
Number of teams6
Current championFlag of Victoria (Australia).svg  Victoria (32nd title)
Most successfulFlag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales (46 titles)
Most runs Darren Lehmann (South Australia and Victoria)
12,971 runs
Most wickets Clarrie Grimmett (Victoria and South Australia)
513 wickets
TVCricket Network
Fox Cricket (final only)
Website Cricket Australia
Cricket current event.svg 2018–19 Sheffield Shield season

The Sheffield Shield is the domestic first-class cricket competition of Australia. The tournament is contested between teams from six states of Australia. Prior to the Shield being established, a number of intercolonial matches were played. The Shield, donated by Lord Sheffield, was first contested during the 1892–93 season, between New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Queensland was admitted for the 1926–27 season, Western Australia for the 1947–48 season and Tasmania for the 1977–78 season.

First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

Henry North Holroyd, 3rd Earl of Sheffield, styled Viscount Pevensey until 1876, was an English Conservative politician and patron of cricket.


The competition is contested in a double-round robin format, with each team playing every other team twice, i.e. home and away. Points are awarded based on wins, losses, draws and ties, with the top two teams playing a final at the end of the season. Regular matches last for four days; the final lasts for five days.

A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.


In 1891–92 the Earl of Sheffield was in Australia as the promoter of the English team led by W. G. Grace. The tour included three Tests played in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

W. G. Grace English cricketer

William Gilbert "W. G." Grace was an English amateur cricketer who was important in the development of the sport and is widely considered one of its greatest-ever players. Universally known as "W. G.", he played first-class cricket for a record-equalling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908, during which he captained England, Gloucestershire, the Gentlemen, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the United South of England Eleven (USEE) and several other teams.

Test cricket the longest form of the sport of cricket; so called due to its long, grueling nature

Test cricket is the form of the sport of cricket with the longest match duration, and is considered the game's highest standard. Test matches are played between national representative teams that have been granted "Test status", as determined and conferred by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The term Test stems from the fact that the long, gruelling matches are mentally and physically testing. Two teams of 11 players each play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days. It is generally considered the most complete examination of a team's endurance and ability.

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 9,992.5 km2 (3,858.1 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of approximately 5 million, and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".

At the conclusion of the tour, Lord Sheffield donated £150 to the New South Wales Cricket Association to fund a trophy for an annual tournament of intercolonial cricket in Australia. The three colonies of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia were already playing each other in ad-hoc matches. The new tournament commenced in the summer of 1892–93, mandating home and away fixtures between each colony each season. The three teams competed for the Sheffield Shield, named after its benefactor. A Polish immigrant, Phillip Blashki, [1] won the competition to design the trophy, a 43 in × 30 in (109 cm × 76 cm) silver shield.

Intercolonial cricket in Australia

Intercolonial cricket matches were the first-class cricket matches played between the various colonies of Australia prior to federation in 1901. After federation, they became known as Interstate matches. By the 1880s regular intercolonials were being played, generally with intense rivalry. Matches against visiting professional teams from England also attracted public interest.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Victoria (Australia) State in Australia

Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west.

The competition therefore commenced some 15 years after Australia's first Test match.

Sponsorship and name changes

In 1999, the Australian Cricket Board (now Cricket Australia) announced a sponsorship deal which included renaming the Sheffield Shield to the Pura Milk Cup, then to the Pura Cup the following season. [2] Pura is a brand name of National Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Philippines-based San Miguel Corporation. The sponsorship increased total annual prize money to A$220,000, with the winners receiving A$75,000 and the runners up A$45,000.

Cricket Australia governing body of cricket in Australia

Cricket Australia (CA), formerly known as the Australian Cricket Board (ACB), is the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia. It was originally formed in 1905 as the 'Australian Board of Control for International Cricket'. It is incorporated as an Australian Public Company, limited by guarantee.

San Miguel Corporation company

San Miguel Corporation is a Filipino multinational publicly listed conglomerate holding company. It is the Philippines' largest corporation in terms of revenue, with over 24,000 employees in over 100 major facilities throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

On 16 July 2008 it was announced that Weet-Bix would take over sponsorship of the competition from the start of the 2008–09 season, and that the name would revert to the "Sheffield Shield" or the "Sheffield Shield presented by Weet-Bix". [3] Weet-bix is a cereal biscuit manufactured by Sanitarium Health Food Company.

In the 2017–18 season, JLT took over the sponsorship for the competition.


Team name
(sponsored name)
Home ground [a] First seasonLast titleTitlesCaptain(s)Foreign Players
  New South Wales
(NSW Blues)
Sydney Cricket Ground 1892–93 2013–14 46 Peter Nevill
(Queensland Bulls)
The Gabba 1926–27 2017–18 8 Usman Khawaja Flag of England.svg Charlie Hemphrey
  South Australia
(Southern Redbacks)
Adelaide Oval 1892–93 1995–96 13 Travis Head Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tom Cooper
(Tasmanian Tigers)
Bellerive Oval 1977–78 2012–13 3 George Bailey
Melbourne Cricket Ground 1892–93 2018–19 32 Peter Handscomb
  Western Australia
(Western Warriors)
WACA Ground 1947–48 1998–99 15 Mitchell Marsh

a Each team has used several venues to host matches. For a full list, see list of cricket grounds in Australia.

Competition format

Each side has played each other both home and away every season with the following exceptions:

Where the teams played an unequal number of games, their final points were calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Matches were timeless (i.e. played to an outright result, weather and schedule permitting) up to 1926–27. A 4-day time limit has applied since 1927–28. [4]

Since 1982–83, the top two teams after the 10 home and away rounds have met in a final. The team with the most points hosts the final against the second-ranked team. The match is played over five days at the home ground of the top-ranked team. Between 1982-83 and 2017–18, the home team only needed to draw or tie that match to win the title. [5] Starting in the 2018-19 summer - initially on a one-year trial - the bonus point system was introduced for the final in a bid to force more results after several years of lacklustre draws. [6]

Points system

A number of different systems have been used over the years. Currently, points are awarded for each match during the home and away season according to the following table.

An outright win (irrespective of the first innings result)6
A tie (irrespective of the first innings result)3
An outright loss (irrespective of the first innings result)0
Abandoned or drawn matches (irrespective of the first innings result)1
Bonus batting.01 for every run above 200 in the first 100 overs of the first innings of each team only
Bonus bowling0.1 for taking each wicket in the first 100 overs of the first innings of each team only

[7] [8]

Previous systems

Competition placings

Prior to the introduction of a Final in 1982–83, the team with most points after the home and away rounds was declared the winner. With the introduction of the Final, the top team hosts the second placed team in a five-day match. The visiting team must win the Final to win the championship; the home team wins the championship in the event of a tied or drawn Final. Further details including match scorecards are available at Cricinfo [11] and the Cricket Archive. [12]

1892–93 to 1925–26

1892–93 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South Wales
1893–94 South AustraliaNew South WalesVictoria
1894–95 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South Wales
1895–96 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1896–97 New South WalesSouth AustraliaVictoria
1897–98 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South Wales
1898–99 VictoriaNew South WalesSouth Australia
1899–1900 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1900–01 VictoriaNew South WalesSouth Australia
1901–02 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1902–03 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1903–04 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1904–05 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1905–06 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1906–07 New South WalesSouth AustraliaVictoria
1907–08 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South Wales
1908–09 New South WalesSouth AustraliaVictoria
1909–10 South AustraliaNew South WalesVictoria
1910–11 New South WalesSouth AustraliaVictoria
1911–12 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1912–13 South AustraliaNew South WalesVictoria
1913–14 New South WalesSouth AustraliaVictoria
1914–15 VictoriaNew South WalesSouth Australia
1915–16Not contested due to World War I
1916–17Not contested due to World War I
1917–18Not contested due to World War I
1918–19Not contested due to World War I
1919–20 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1920–21 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1921–22 VictoriaNew South WalesSouth Australia
1922–23 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1923–24 VictoriaNew South WalesSouth Australia
1924–25 VictoriaNew South WalesSouth Australia
1925–26 New South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia

1926–27 to 1946–47

1926–27 South AustraliaVictoriaNew South WalesQueensland
1927–28 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesQueensland
1928–29 New South WalesVictoriaQueenslandSouth Australia
1929–30 VictoriaNew South WalesSouth AustraliaQueensland
1930–31 VictoriaNew South WalesQueenslandSouth Australia
1931–32 New South WalesSouth AustraliaVictoriaQueensland
1932–33 New South WalesVictoriaSouth AustraliaQueensland
1933–34 VictoriaNew South WalesSouth AustraliaQueensland
1934–35 VictoriaNew South WalesSouth AustraliaQueensland
1935–36 South AustraliaNew South WalesVictoriaQueensland
1936–37 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesQueensland
1937–38 New South WalesSouth AustraliaVictoriaQueensland
1938–39 South AustraliaVictoriaQueenslandNew South Wales
1939–40 New South WalesSouth AustraliaVictoriaQueensland
1940–41Not contested due to World War II
1941–42Not contested due to World War II
1942–43Not contested due to World War II
1943–44Not contested due to World War II
1944–45Not contested due to World War II
1945–46Not contested due to World War II
1946–47 VictoriaNew South WalesQueenslandSouth Australia

1947–48 to 1976–77

Western Australia team with the 1948 Sheffield Shield Sheffield Shield WA cricket team 1948.jpg
Western Australia team with the 1948 Sheffield Shield
1947–48 Western AustraliaNew South WalesSouth AustraliaQueenslandVictoria
1948–49 New South WalesVictoriaSouth AustraliaQueenslandWestern Australia
1949–50 New South WalesVictoriaWestern AustraliaQueenslandSouth Australia
1950–51 VictoriaNew South WalesWestern AustraliaQueenslandSouth Australia
1951–52 New South WalesVictoriaQueenslandSouth AustraliaWestern Australia
1952–53 South AustraliaNew South WalesVictoriaWestern AustraliaQueensland
1953–54 New South WalesVictoriaQueenslandSouth AustraliaWestern Australia
1954–55 New South WalesVictoriaWestern AustraliaQueenslandSouth Australia
1955–56 New South WalesVictoriaQueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth Australia
1956–57 New South WalesQueenslandVictoriaWestern AustraliaSouth Australia
1957–58 New South WalesVictoriaQueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth Australia
1958–59 New South WalesQueenslandVictoriaWestern AustraliaSouth Australia
1959–60 New South WalesVictoriaWestern AustraliaQueenslandSouth Australia
1960–61 New South WalesVictoriaWestern AustraliaQueenslandSouth Australia
1961–62 New South WalesQueenslandSouth AustraliaVictoriaWestern Australia
1962–63 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesWestern AustraliaQueensland
1963–64 South AustraliaVictoriaNew South WalesQueenslandWestern Australia
1964–65 New South WalesVictoriaSouth AustraliaWestern AustraliaQueensland
1965–66 New South WalesWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaVictoriaQueensland
1966–67 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesWestern AustraliaQueensland
1967–68 Western AustraliaVictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesQueensland
1968–69 South AustraliaWestern AustraliaQueenslandVictoriaNew South Wales
1969–70 VictoriaWestern AustraliaNew South WalesSouth AustraliaQueensland
1970–71 South AustraliaVictoriaWestern AustraliaNew South WalesQueensland
1971–72 Western AustraliaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesVictoriaQueensland
1972–73 Western AustraliaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesVictoriaQueensland
1973–74 VictoriaQueenslandNew South WalesWestern AustraliaSouth Australia
1974–75 Western AustraliaQueenslandVictoriaNew South WalesSouth Australia
1975–76 South AustraliaQueenslandWestern AustraliaNew South WalesVictoria
1976–77 Western AustraliaVictoriaQueenslandNew South WalesSouth Australia

1977–78 to present

1977–78 Western AustraliaQueenslandVictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesTasmania
1978–79 VictoriaWestern AustraliaNew South WalesQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmania
1979–80 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesQueenslandWestern AustraliaTasmania
1980–81 Western AustraliaNew South WalesQueenslandVictoriaTasmaniaSouth Australia
1981–82 South AustraliaNew South WalesWestern AustraliaTasmaniaQueenslandVictoria
1982–83 New South WalesWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaTasmaniaQueenslandVictoria
1983–84 Western AustraliaQueenslandTasmaniaNew South WalesSouth AustraliaVictoria
1984–85 New South WalesQueenslandSouth AustraliaWestern AustraliaVictoriaTasmania
1985–86 New South WalesQueenslandVictoriaWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaTasmania
1986–87 Western AustraliaVictoriaQueenslandSouth AustraliaNew South WalesTasmania
1987–88 Western AustraliaQueenslandNew South WalesVictoriaSouth AustraliaTasmania
1988–89 Western AustraliaSouth AustraliaQueenslandNew South WalesTasmaniaVictoria
1989–90 New South WalesQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmaniaWestern AustraliaVictoria
1990–91 VictoriaNew South WalesQueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaTasmania
1991–92 Western AustraliaNew South WalesVictoriaQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmania
1992–93 New South WalesQueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaTasmaniaVictoria
1993–94 New South WalesTasmaniaWestern AustraliaVictoriaSouth AustraliaQueensland
1994–95 QueenslandSouth AustraliaVictoriaWestern AustraliaNew South WalesTasmania
1995–96 South AustraliaWestern AustraliaQueenslandTasmaniaNew South WalesVictoria
1996–97 QueenslandWestern AustraliaNew South WalesTasmaniaVictoriaSouth Australia
1997–98 Western AustraliaTasmaniaQueenslandNew South WalesVictoriaSouth Australia
1998–99 Western AustraliaQueenslandVictoriaSouth AustraliaTasmaniaNew South Wales
1999–2000 QueenslandVictoriaWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaTasmaniaNew South Wales
2000–01 QueenslandVictoriaNew South WalesTasmaniaWestern AustraliaSouth Australia
2001–02 QueenslandTasmaniaWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaVictoriaNew South Wales
2002–03 New South WalesQueenslandVictoriaSouth AustraliaWestern AustraliaTasmania
2003–04 VictoriaQueenslandTasmaniaWestern AustraliaNew South WalesSouth Australia
2004–05 New South WalesQueenslandWestern AustraliaVictoriaSouth AustraliaTasmania
2005–06 QueenslandVictoriaSouth AustraliaTasmaniaWestern AustraliaNew South Wales
2006–07 TasmaniaNew South WalesVictoriaQueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth Australia
2007–08 New South WalesVictoriaWestern AustraliaTasmaniaSouth AustraliaQueensland
2008–09 VictoriaQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmaniaWestern AustraliaNew South Wales
2009–10 VictoriaQueenslandNew South WalesWestern AustraliaTasmaniaSouth Australia
2010–11 TasmaniaNew South WalesQueenslandWestern AustraliaVictoriaSouth Australia
2011–12 QueenslandTasmaniaVictoriaWestern AustraliaNew South WalesSouth Australia
2012–13 TasmaniaQueenslandNew South WalesVictoriaWestern AustraliaSouth Australia
2013–14 New South WalesWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaQueenslandTasmaniaVictoria
2014–15 VictoriaWestern AustraliaNew South WalesQueenslandTasmaniaSouth Australia
2015–16 VictoriaSouth AustraliaNew South WalesQueenslandWestern AustraliaTasmania
2016–17 VictoriaSouth AustraliaWestern AustraliaNew South WalesQueenslandTasmania
2017–18 QueenslandTasmaniaVictoriaWestern AustraliaNew South WalesSouth Australia
2018–19 VictoriaNew South WalesWestern AustraliaQueenslandTasmaniaSouth Australia

Player of the year

The Player of the Year award is announced at the end of each season. [13] Since its inception in 1976 it has been awarded to the best-performed player/s over the season, as determined a panel of judges. Victorian and South Australian batsman Matthew Elliott has won the award the most times, being awarded Player of the Year on three separate occasions.

1975–76 Ian Chappell (SA), Greg Chappell (Qld)
1976–77 Richie Robinson (Vic)
1977–78 David Ogilvie (Qld)
1978–79 Peter Sleep (SA)
1979–80 Ian Chappell (SA)
1980–81 Greg Chappell (Qld)
1981–82 Kepler Wessels (Qld)
1982–83 Kim Hughes (WA)
1983–84 Brian Davison (Tas), John Dyson (NSW)
1984–85 David Boon (Tas)
1985–86 Allan Border (Qld)
1986–87 Craig McDermott (Qld)
1987–88 Dirk Tazelaar (Qld), Mark Waugh (NSW)
1988–89 Tim May (SA)
1989–90 Mark Waugh (NSW)
1990–91 Stuart Law (Qld)
1991–92 Tony Dodemaide (Vic)
1992–93 Jamie Siddons (SA)
1993–94 Matthew Hayden (Qld)
1994–95 Dean Jones (Vic)
1995–96 Matthew Elliott (Vic)
1996–97 Andy Bichel (Qld)
1997–98 Dene Hills (Tas)
1998–99 Matthew Elliott (Vic)
1999–2000 Darren Lehmann (SA)
2000–01 Jamie Cox (Tas)
2001–02 Brad Hodge (Vic), Jimmy Maher (Qld)
2002–03 Clinton Perren (Qld)
2003–04 Matthew Elliott (Vic)
2004–05 Michael Bevan (Tas)
2005–06 Andy Bichel (Qld)
2006–07 Chris Rogers (WA)
2007–08 Simon Katich (NSW)
2008–09 Phillip Hughes (NSW)
2009–10 Chris Hartley (Qld)
2010–11 James Hopes (Qld)
2011–12 Jackson Bird (Tas)
2012–13 Ricky Ponting (Tas)
2013–14 Marcus North (WA)
2014–15 Adam Voges (WA)
2015–16 Travis Head (SA)
2016–17 Chadd Sayers (SA)
2017–18 Chris Tremain (Vic)
2018–19 Scott Boland (Vic)


Individual records

Most matches played

1161 Jamie Cox (Tas)1987–88 to 2005–06
2159 John Inverarity (WA/SA)1962–63 to 1984–85
3147 Darren Lehmann (SA/Vic)1987–88 to 2007–08
4146 Jamie Siddons (Vic/SA)1984–85 to 1999–2000
5142 Stuart Law (QLD)1988 to 2004
Source: . Last updated: 26 March 2018.

Players representing three states

Graeme Watson 1964–65 to 1976–77NSW, Vic, WA60
Gary Cosier 1971–72 to 1980–81Vic, SA, Qld46
Trevor Chappell 1972–73 to 1984–85NSW, SA, WA63
Rod McCurdy 1980–81 to 1984–85SA, Tas, Vic33
Dirk Wellham 1980–81 to 1991–92NSW, Qld, Tas99
Colin Miller 1985–86 to 2001–02Vic, SA, Tas84
Michael Bevan 1989–90 to 2006–07SA, NSW, Tas118
Shane Watson 2000–01 to 2015/16Tas, Qld, NSW81
Shane Jurgensen 1999–2000 to 2003–04; 2006–07WA, Tas, Qld23
Aiden Blizzard 2007–08 to 2012–13Vic, SA, Tas21
Michael Klinger 1998–99 to 2018–19Vic, SA, WA182
Source: A Century of Summers: 100 years of Sheffield Shield cricket, Geoff Armstrong, p. 278. Last updated: 30 Nov 2008.

Six other players have represented three Australian states in top-level cricket, but without playing Sheffield Shield games for all three – Neil Hawke (SA, Tas, WA); Walter McDonald (Qld, Tas, Vic); Percy McDonnell (NSW, Qld, Vic); Karl Quist (NSW, SA, WA); Greg Rowell (NSW, Qld, Tas); Wal Walmsley (NSW, Qld, Tas).

Team records

Team results

RankTeamEnteredMatchesWonLostDrawnTied% Won
1Flag of Western Australia.svg  Western Australia 1947–48619218194207035.21
2Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg  Victoria 1892–93849328244276138.63
3Flag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales 1892–93854362241250142.38
4Flag of Queensland.svg  Queensland 1926–27740233255251131.48
5Flag of South Australia.svg  South Australia 1892–93841236386218124.42
6Flag of Tasmania.svg  Tasmania 1977–7839396153144024.42
Win percentage now includes drawn matches.

Source: . Last updated: 31 July 2018.

Highest team totals

11107Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg  Victoria Flag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne1926–27
2918Flag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales Flag of South Australia.svg  South Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney1900–01
3900/6dFlag of Queensland.svg  Queensland Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg  Victoria Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane2005–06
4821/7dFlag of South Australia.svg  South Australia Flag of Queensland.svg  Queensland Adelaide Oval, Adelaide1939–40
5815Flag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg  Victoria Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney1908–09
Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.

Lowest team totals

127Flag of South Australia.svg  South Australia Flag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney1955–56
229Flag of South Australia.svg  South Australia Flag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney2004–05
331Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg  Victoria Flag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne1906–07
435Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg  Victoria Flag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney1926–27
541Flag of Western Australia.svg  Western Australia Flag of South Australia.svg  South Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide1989–90
Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.

Batting records

Highest individual scores

1452* Don Bradman (NSW)New South Wales v QueenslandSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney1929–30
2437 Bill Ponsford (Vic)Victoria v QueenslandMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne1927–28
3365* Clem Hill (SA)South Australia v New South WalesAdelaide Oval, Adelaide1900–01
4359 Bob Simpson (NSW)New South Wales v QueenslandBrisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane1963–64
5357 Don Bradman (SA)South Australia v VictoriaMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne1935–36
Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.

Most career runs

113,635 (266 inns.) Darren Lehmann (SA/Vic)1987–88 to 2007–08
210,821 (295 inns.) Jamie Cox (Tas)1987–88 to 2005–06
310,643 (259 inns.) Jamie Siddons (Vic/SA)1984–85 to 1999–2000
410,621 (211 inns.) Michael Bevan (SA/NSW/Tas)1989–90 to 2006–07
510,474 (254 inns.) Brad Hodge (Vic)1993–94 to 2009–10
Source: . Last updated: 25 March 2015.

Most runs in a season

11,506 (17 inns.) Simon Katich (NSW)94.122007–08
21,464 (18 inns.) Michael Bevan (Tas)97.602004–05
31,381 (20 inns.) Matthew Elliott (Vic)81.232003–04
41,358 (20 inns.) Adam Voges (WA)104.462014–15
51,254 (18 inns.) Graham Yallop (Vic)69.661982–83
Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.

Highest batting averages

Rank Average PlayerCareer
1110.19 (96 inns.) Don Bradman (NSW/SA)1927–28 to 1948–49
283.27 (70 inns.) Bill Ponsford (Vic)1920–21 to 1933–34
370.88 (95 inns.) Alan Kippax (NSW)1918–19 to 1935–36
468.00 (81 inns.) Monty Noble (NSW)1893–94 to 1919–20
567.03 (64 inns.) Bill Woodfull (Vic)1921–22 to 1933–34
Qualification: 20 innings.

Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.

Most centuries

Rank Centuries PlayerMatches
145 Darren Lehmann (SA/Vic)147
242 Michael Bevan (SA/NSW/Tas)118
336 Don Bradman (NSW/SA)62
433 Chris Rogers (WA/Vic)120
532 Matthew Elliott (Vic/SA)122
Source: . Last updated: 25 March 2015.

Bowling records

Most career wickets

Rank Wickets PlayerMatches Average
1513 Clarrie Grimmett (Vic/SA)7925.29
2441 Michael Kasprowicz (Qld)10124.56
3430 Andy Bichel (Qld)8923.24
4419 Jo Angel (WA)10524.86
5384 Terry Alderman (WA)9724.21
Source: . Last updated: 22 March 2012.

Most wickets in a season

Rank Wickets PlayerMatchesSeason
167 Colin Miller (Tas)111997–98
265 Shaun Tait (SA)102004–05
362 Chadd Sayers (SA)112016–17
460 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith (Vic)61934–35
560 Andy Bichel (Qld)112004–05
660 Ben Hilfenhaus (Tas)112006–07
Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.

Best career average

Rank Average PlayerBalls Wickets
117.10 Bill O'Reilly (NSW)10,740203
217.74 Joel Garner (SA)2,41955
317.87 Geff Noblet (SA)11,156190
418.09 Pat Crawford (NSW)2,51761
519.08 Charles Turner (NSW)3,92073
Qualification: 2000 balls bowled.

Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.


Many bowlers have taken a hat-trick in the Sheffield Shield. Mitchell Starc is the only bowler to take two hat-tricks in a Sheffield Shield match. In round two of the 2017–18 competition, Starc became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in each innings of a first-class cricket match in Australia. [14] He became the second Australian, and the eighth bowler overall, to take a two hat-tricks in each innings of a first-class match. [15] In a match from 4–7 November 2017, New South Wales played against Western Australia at Hurstville Oval. In Western Australia's first innings, Starc dismissed Jason Behrendorff, David Moody and Simon Mackin in consecutive deliveries; [16] in the second innings he dismissed Behrendorff, Moody and Jonathan Wells in consecutive deliveries.

Wicket-keeping records

Most dismissals

Rank Dismissals Player Matches
1546 (499 c. 47 st.) Darren Berry (SA/Vic)139
2512 (500 c. 12 st.) Chris Hartley (Qld)117
3488 (474 c. 14 st.) Wade Seccombe (Qld)101
4350 (322 c. 28 st.) Tim Zoehrer (WA)107
5343 (310 c. 33 st.) Rod Marsh (WA)86
Source: . Last updated: 17 February 2016.

Most dismissals in a season

Rank Dismissals Player Season
159 (57 c. 2 st.) Alex Carey (SA)2016–17
258 (57 c. 1 st.) Wade Seccombe (Qld)2000-01
358 (56 c. 2 st.) Matthew Wade (Vic)2011-12
457 (57 c. 0 st.) Wade Seccombe (Qld)1995-96
Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.

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