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The Sheffield Shield is the domestic first-class cricket competition of Australia. The tournament is contested between teams from the 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.

Sheffield Shield
JLT Sheffield Shield Logo.png
Countries Australia
AdministratorCricket Australia
Formatfirst-class
First Edition1892–93
Next Edition2018-19
Tournament formatDouble round-robin, then final
Number of teams6
Current champion Queensland (8th title)
Most successful New South Wales (46 titles)
Most runsDarren Lehmann (South Australia and Victoria)
12,971 runs
Most wicketsClarrie Grimmett (Victoria and South Australia)
513 wickets
TVCricket Network
Fox Sports (final only)
WebsiteCricket Australia

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.

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HistoryEdit

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.

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.

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

Sponsorship and name changesEdit

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.

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.

TeamsEdit

Team name
(sponsored name)
Home ground[a] First season Last title Titles Captain(s) Foreign Players
  New South Wales
(NSW Blues)
Sydney Cricket Ground 1892–93 2013–14 46 Peter Nevill
  Queensland
(Queensland Bulls)
The Gabba 1926–27 2017-18 8 Usman Khawaja   Charlie Hemphrey
  South Australia
(Southern Redbacks)
Adelaide Oval 1892–93 1995–96 13 Travis Head   Tom Cooper
  Tasmania
(Tasmanian Tigers)
Bellerive Oval 1977–78 2012–13 3 George Bailey
  Victoria
Melbourne Cricket Ground 1892–93 2016–17 31 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 formatEdit

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

  • South Australia had no home game with: Victoria in 1901–02 or 1903–04; either opponent in 1907–08; New South Wales in 1910–11.
  • Queensland and South Australia played only once (in South Australia) in 1926–27.
  • Western Australia played each team only once from their debut in 1946–47 until 1955–56 inclusive.
  • Tasmania played each team only once from their debut in 1977–78 until 1981–82 inclusive.

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 at the home ground of the top-ranked team, and they only need to draw or tie that match to win the title.[4]

Points systemEdit

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.

Result Points
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 bowling 0.1 for taking each wicket in the first 100 overs of the first innings of each team only

[5][6]

  • Bonus point example – If after 100 overs the score is 8/350, the batting team would receive 1.5 points ([350 − 200] × 0.01), and the bowling side would receive 0.8 points (0.1 for each wicket)
  • Quotient (team's batting average divided by its bowling average) is used to separate teams which finish on an equal number of points.
  • Teams can be penalised points for failing to maintain an adequate over rate.
  • The bonus bowling points were modified for the 2016–17 season. For the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons, the bowling team received 0.5 points for taking the 5th, 7th and 9th wickets (a maximum 1.5 points).

Previous systemsEdit

  • The Shield was initially envisaged as a match-by-match challenge trophy; it was originally determined on 4 January 1893 that it would first be awarded to the winner of the next intercolonial match (which was, in fact, the fourth of the season), and then would pass in perpetuity to any team which defeated the holder of the trophy;[7] But on 30 January, it was decided instead to award the Shield to the team which won the most intercolonial matches across the season.[8]
  • The quotient has been used as a tie-breaker for teams on equal points since 1893–94.
  • First innings points were introduced in 1932–33 and used until 1970–71.[citation needed]
  • Bonus points for first innings batting and bowling were used from 1971–72 to 1980–81 inclusive. During the first 100 (8-ball) overs of each side's first innings, a maximum of 10 batting bonus points could be attained. They were awarded for every 25 runs scored from 175 to 400 inclusive. A maximum of 5 bowling bonus points were available, initially upon capture of the second, fourth, sixth, eighth and last wickets. This was later changed to wickets 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 as batting teams often declared when 9 wickets down to deny the bowling side the additional bonus point.

Competition placingsEdit

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[9] and the Cricket Archive.[10]

  • % = indicates tied for position

1892–93 to 1925–26Edit

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

1926–27 to 1946–47Edit

Season Winner Second Third Fourth
1926–27 South Australia Victoria New South Wales Queensland
1927–28 Victoria South Australia New South Wales Queensland
1928–29 New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia
1929–30 Victoria New South Wales South Australia Queensland
1930–31 Victoria New South Wales Queensland South Australia
1931–32 New South Wales South Australia Victoria Queensland
1932–33 New South Wales Victoria South Australia Queensland
1933–34 Victoria New South Wales South Australia Queensland
1934–35 Victoria New South Wales South Australia Queensland
1935–36 South Australia New South Wales Victoria Queensland
1936–37 Victoria South Australia New South Wales Queensland
1937–38 New South Wales South Australia Victoria Queensland
1938–39 South Australia Victoria Queensland New South Wales
1939–40 New South Wales South Australia Victoria Queensland
1940–41 Not contested due to World War II
1941–42 Not contested due to World War II
1942–43 Not contested due to World War II
1943–44 Not contested due to World War II
1944–45 Not contested due to World War II
1945–46 Not contested due to World War II
1946–47 Victoria New South Wales Queensland South Australia

1947–48 to 1976–77Edit

 
Western Australia team with the 1948 Sheffield Shield
Season Winner Second Third Fourth Fifth
1947–48 Western Australia New South Wales South Australia Queensland Victoria
1948–49 New South Wales Victoria South Australia Queensland Western Australia
1949–50 New South Wales Victoria Western Australia Queensland South Australia
1950–51 Victoria New South Wales Western Australia Queensland South Australia
1951–52 New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia Western Australia
1952–53 South Australia New South Wales Victoria Western Australia Queensland
1953–54 New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia Western Australia
1954–55 New South Wales Victoria Western Australia Queensland South Australia
1955–56 New South Wales Victoria Queensland Western Australia South Australia
1956–57 New South Wales Queensland Victoria Western Australia South Australia
1957–58 New South Wales Victoria Queensland Western Australia South Australia
1958–59 New South Wales Queensland Victoria Western Australia South Australia
1959–60 New South Wales Victoria Western Australia Queensland South Australia
1960–61 New South Wales Victoria Western Australia Queensland South Australia
1961–62 New South Wales Queensland South Australia Victoria Western Australia
1962–63 Victoria South Australia New South Wales Western Australia Queensland
1963–64 South Australia Victoria New South Wales Queensland Western Australia
1964–65 New South Wales Victoria South Australia Western Australia Queensland
1965–66 New South Wales Western Australia South Australia Victoria Queensland
1966–67 Victoria South Australia New South Wales Western Australia Queensland
1967–68 Western Australia Victoria South Australia New South Wales Queensland
1968–69 South Australia Western Australia Queensland Victoria New South Wales
1969–70 Victoria Western Australia New South Wales South Australia Queensland
1970–71 South Australia Victoria Western Australia New South Wales Queensland
1971–72 Western Australia South Australia New South Wales Victoria Queensland
1972–73 Western Australia South Australia New South Wales Victoria Queensland
1973–74 Victoria Queensland New South Wales Western Australia South Australia
1974–75 Western Australia Queensland Victoria New South Wales South Australia
1975–76 South Australia Queensland Western Australia New South Wales Victoria
1976–77 Western Australia Victoria Queensland New South Wales South Australia

1977–78 to presentEdit

Season Winner Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
1977–78 Western Australia Queensland Victoria South Australia New South Wales Tasmania
1978–79 Victoria Western Australia New South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania
1979–80 Victoria South Australia New South Wales Queensland Western Australia Tasmania
1980–81 Western Australia New South Wales Queensland Victoria Tasmania South Australia
1981–82 South Australia New South Wales Western Australia Tasmania Queensland Victoria
1982–83 New South Wales Western Australia South Australia Tasmania Queensland Victoria
1983–84 Western Australia Queensland Tasmania New South Wales South Australia Victoria
1984–85 New South Wales Queensland South Australia Western Australia Victoria Tasmania
1985–86 New South Wales Queensland Victoria Western Australia South Australia Tasmania
1986–87 Western Australia Victoria Queensland South Australia New South Wales Tasmania
1987–88 Western Australia Queensland New South Wales Victoria South Australia Tasmania
1988–89 Western Australia South Australia Queensland New South Wales Tasmania Victoria
1989–90 New South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania Western Australia Victoria
1990–91 Victoria New South Wales Queensland Western Australia South Australia Tasmania
1991–92 Western Australia New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia Tasmania
1992–93 New South Wales Queensland Western Australia South Australia Tasmania Victoria
1993–94 New South Wales Tasmania Western Australia Victoria South Australia Queensland
1994–95 Queensland South Australia Victoria Western Australia New South Wales Tasmania
1995–96 South Australia Western Australia Queensland Tasmania New South Wales Victoria
1996–97 Queensland Western Australia New South Wales Tasmania Victoria South Australia
1997–98 Western Australia Tasmania Queensland New South Wales Victoria South Australia
1998–99 Western Australia Queensland Victoria South Australia Tasmania New South Wales
1999–2000 Queensland Victoria Western Australia South Australia Tasmania New South Wales
2000–01 Queensland Victoria New South Wales Tasmania Western Australia South Australia
2001–02 Queensland Tasmania Western Australia South Australia Victoria New South Wales
2002–03 New South Wales Queensland Victoria South Australia Western Australia Tasmania
2003–04 Victoria Queensland Tasmania Western Australia New South Wales South Australia
2004–05 New South Wales Queensland Western Australia Victoria South Australia Tasmania
2005–06 Queensland Victoria South Australia Tasmania Western Australia New South Wales
2006–07 Tasmania New South Wales Victoria Queensland Western Australia South Australia
2007–08 New South Wales Victoria Western Australia Tasmania South Australia Queensland
2008–09 Victoria Queensland South Australia Tasmania Western Australia New South Wales
2009–10 Victoria Queensland New South Wales Western Australia Tasmania South Australia
2010–11 Tasmania New South Wales Queensland Western Australia Victoria South Australia
2011–12 Queensland Tasmania Victoria Western Australia New South Wales South Australia
2012–13 Tasmania Queensland New South Wales Victoria Western Australia South Australia
2013–14 New South Wales Western Australia South Australia Queensland Tasmania Victoria
2014–15 Victoria Western Australia New South Wales Queensland Tasmania South Australia
2015–16 Victoria South Australia New South Wales Queensland Western Australia Tasmania
2016–17 Victoria South Australia Western Australia New South Wales Queensland Tasmania
2017–18 Queensland Tasmania Victoria Western Australia New South Wales South Australia

Player of the yearEdit

The Player of the Year award is announced at the end of each season.[11] 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.

Season Winner(s)
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 Mitchell Marsh (WA)
2017–18 Chris Tremain (Vic)

RecordsEdit

Individual recordsEdit

Most matches playedEdit

Rank Matches Player Period
1 161 Jamie Cox (Tas) 1987–88 to 2005–06
2 159 John Inverarity (WA/SA) 1962–63 to 1984–85
3 147 Darren Lehmann (SA/Vic) 1987–88 to 2007–08
4 146 Jamie Siddons (Vic/SA) 1984–85 to 1999–2000
5 142 Stuart Law (QLD) 1988 to 2004
Source: [2]. Last updated: 26 March 2018.

Players representing three statesEdit

Player Career States Matches
Graeme Watson 1964–65 to 1976–77 NSW, Vic, WA 60
Gary Cosier 1971–72 to 1980–81 Vic, SA, Qld 46
Trevor Chappell 1972–73 to 1984–85 NSW, SA, WA 63
Rod McCurdy 1980–81 to 1984–85 SA, Tas, Vic 33
Dirk Wellham 1980–81 to 1991–92 NSW, Qld, Tas 99
Colin Miller 1985–86 to 2001–02 Vic, SA, Tas 84
Michael Bevan 1989–90 to 2006–07 SA, NSW, Tas 118
Shane Watson 2000–01 to present Tas, Qld, NSW 81
Shane Jurgensen 1999–2000 to 2003–04; 2006–07 WA, Tas, Qld 23
Aiden Blizzard 2007–08 to 2012–13 Vic, SA, Tas 21
Michael Klinger 1998–99 to present Vic, SA, WA 112*
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 recordsEdit

Team resultsEdit

Rank Team Entered Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied % Won
1   Western Australia 1947–48 619 218 194 207 0 35.21
2   Victoria 1892–93 849 328 244 276 1 38.63
3   New South Wales 1892-93 854 362 241 250 1 42.38
4   Queensland 1926–27 740 233 255 251 1 31.48
5   South Australia 1892–93 841 236 386 218 1 24.42
6   Tasmania 1977–78 393 96 153 144 0 24.42
Win percentage now includes drawn matches.

Source: [3]. Last updated: 31 July 2018.

Highest team totalsEdit

Rank Total Team Opponent Venue Season
1 1107   Victoria   New South Wales Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 1926-27
2 918   New South Wales   South Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 1900–01
3 900/6d   Queensland   Victoria Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 2005–06
4 821/7d   South Australia   Queensland Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 1939–40
5 815   New South Wales   Victoria Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 1908–09
Source: [4]. Last updated: 21 March 2012.

Lowest team totalsEdit

Rank Total Team Opponent Venue Season
1 27   South Australia   New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 1955–56
2 29   South Australia   New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 2004–05
3 31   Victoria   New South Wales Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 1906–07
4 35   Victoria   New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 1926–27
Source: [5]. Last updated: 23 March 2018.

Batting recordsEdit

Highest individual scoresEdit

Rank Runs Player Match Venue Season
1 452* Don Bradman (NSW) New South Wales v Queensland Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 1929–30
2 437 Bill Ponsford (Vic) Victoria v Queensland Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 1927–28
3 365* Clem Hill (SA) South Australia v New South Wales Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 1900–01
4 359 Bob Simpson (NSW) New South Wales v Queensland Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 1963–64
5 357 Don Bradman (SA) South Australia v Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 1935–36
Source: [6]. Last updated: 21 March 2012.

Most career runsEdit

Rank Runs Player Career
1 13,635 (266 inns.) Darren Lehmann (SA/Vic) 1987–88 to 2007–08
2 10,821 (295 inns.) Jamie Cox (Tas) 1987–88 to 2005–06
3 10,643 (259 inns.) Jamie Siddons (Vic/SA) 1984–85 to 1999–2000
4 10,621 (211 inns.) Michael Bevan (SA/NSW/Tas) 1989–90 to 2006–07
5 10,474 (254 inns.) Brad Hodge (Vic) 1993–94 to 2009–10
Source: [7]. Last updated: 25 March 2015.

Most runs in a seasonEdit

Rank Runs Player Average Season
1 1,506 (17 inns.) Simon Katich (NSW) 94.12 2007–08
2 1,464 (18 inns.) Michael Bevan (Tas) 97.60 2004–05
3 1,381 (20 inns.) Matthew Elliott (Vic) 81.23 2003–04
4 1,358 (20 inns.) Adam Voges (WA) 104.46 2014–15
5 1,254 (18 inns.) Graham Yallop (Vic) 69.66 1982–83
Source: [8]. Last updated: 25 March 2015.

Highest batting averagesEdit

Rank Average Player Career
1 110.19 (96 inns.) Don Bradman (NSW/SA) 1927–28 to 1948–49
2 83.27 (70 inns.) Bill Ponsford (Vic) 1920–21 to 1933–34
3 70.88 (95 inns.) Alan Kippax (NSW) 1918–19 to 1935–36
4 68.00 (81 inns.) Monty Noble (NSW) 1893–94 to 1919–20
5 67.03 (64 inns.) Bill Woodfull (Vic) 1921–22 to 1933–34
Qualification: 20 innings.

Source: [9]. Last updated: 21 March 2012.

Most centuriesEdit

Rank Centuries Player Matches
1 45 Darren Lehmann (SA/Vic) 147
2 42 Michael Bevan (SA/NSW/Tas) 118
3 36 Don Bradman (NSW/SA) 62
4 33 Chris Rogers (WA/Vic) 120
5 32 Matthew Elliott (Vic/SA) 122
Source: [10]. Last updated: 25 March 2015.

Bowling recordsEdit

Most career wicketsEdit

Rank Wickets Player Matches Average
1 513 Clarrie Grimmett (Vic/SA) 79 25.29
2 441 Michael Kasprowicz (Qld) 101 24.56
3 430 Andy Bichel (Qld) 89 23.24
4 419 Jo Angel (WA) 105 24.86
5 384 Terry Alderman (WA) 97 24.21
Source: [11]. Last updated: 22 March 2012.

Most wickets in a seasonEdit

Rank Wickets Player Matches Season
1 67 Colin Miller (Tas) 11 1997–98
2 65 Shaun Tait (SA) 10 2004–05
3 62 Chadd Sayers (SA) 11 2016–17
4 60 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith (Vic) 6 1934–35
5 60 Andy Bichel (Qld) 11 2004–05
6 60 Ben Hilfenhaus (Tas) 11 2006–07
Source: [12]. Last updated: 21 March 2012.

Best career averageEdit

Rank Average Player Balls Wickets
1 17.10 Bill O'Reilly (NSW) 10,740 203
2 17.74 Joel Garner (SA) 2,419 55
3 17.87 Geff Noblet (SA) 11,156 190
4 18.09 Pat Crawford (NSW) 2,517 61
5 19.08 Charles Turner (NSW) 3,920 73
Qualification: 2000 balls bowled.

Source: [13]. Last updated: 31 May 2007.

Hat-tricksEdit

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.[12] He became the second Australian, and the eighth bowler overall, to take a two hat-tricks in each innings of a first-class match.[13] 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;[14] in the second innings he dismissed Behrendorff, Moody and Jonathan Wells in consecutive deliveries.

Wicket-keeping recordsEdit

Most dismissalsEdit

Rank Dismissals Player Matches
1 546 (499 c. 47 st.) Darren Berry (SA/Vic) 139
2 512 (500 c. 12 st.) Chris Hartley (Qld) 117
3 488 (474 c. 14 st.) Wade Seccombe (Qld) 101
4 350 (322 c. 28 st.) Tim Zoehrer (WA) 107
5 343 (310 c. 33 st.) Rod Marsh (WA) 86
Source: [14]. Last updated: 17 February 2016.

Most Dismissals in a seasonEdit

Rank Dismissals Player Season
1 59 (58ct. 1st.) Alex Carey (SA) 2017-18

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Rick Eyre (17 November 1999). "Aussie state champions to drink from the Milk Cup". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  3. ^ "Cricket Australia and Weet-Bix bring Sheffield Shield back". Cricket Australia. 16 July 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  4. ^ a b Frindall, Bill (1998). The Wisden Book of Cricket Records (Fourth ed.). London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 391. ISBN 0747222037.
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  8. ^ "Correspondence". South Australian Register. Adelaide, SA. 22 February 1893. p. 4.
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  10. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Events/AUS.html
  11. ^ "Sheffield Shield Player of the Year". Cricinfo.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2005.
  12. ^ "Starc's second hat-trick delivers victory for NSW". ESPN Cricinfo. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
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  • The History of the Sheffield Shield, Chris Harte
  • A Century of Summers: 100 years of Sheffield Shield cricket, Geoff Armstrong
  • A History of Australian Cricket 1993, Chris Harte