Victorian Premier Cricket

Victorian Premier Cricket is a club cricket competition in the state of Victoria administered by Cricket Victoria. Each club fields four teams (firsts through to fourths) of adult players and usually play on weekends and public holidays. Matches are played on turf wickets under limited-time rules, with most results being decided on a first-innings basis.

Victorian Premier Cricket
Victorian Premier Cricket Logo.jpg
AdministratorCricket Victoria
Format2-day matches (with 1-day matches)
First edition1906–07
Tournament formathome and away
Number of teams18
Current championCarlton (2021/22)
Most successful21 Melbourne
Most runsAustralia Warren Ayres (15,277)[1]
Most wicketsAustralia Bert Ironmonger (862)[2]

Outstanding players in the competition are selected to play for the Victorian Bushrangers at first-class and List A level, in the Sheffield Shield and Marsh One Day Cup competitions respectively. The competition commenced in the 1906–07 season when it was known as "District cricket", and was renamed in 1990. Separate competitions for one-day matches (2002–03) and Twenty20 (2005–06) were later established.


Inter-club cricket in Melbourne had its beginnings during the 1850s, with matches arranged on an informal basis. The newspapers usually decided the season's best team via the consensus of journalists. In 1870, the Challenge Cup was introduced, beginning an era of more structured competition.

For the 1889–90 season, a program of Pennant Matches was devised over eight rounds, which began the era of club competition recognisable today. The original competing teams were Carlton, East Melbourne, Essendon, Fitzroy, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Richmond, St Kilda, South Melbourne, University and Williamstown. There were no restriction on the recruitment of players and the stronger clubs (such as East Melbourne, Melbourne and South Melbourne) attracted the leading players, and other teams remained very weak. By the turn of the twentieth century, the unevenness of the competition resulted in a lack of public support.

The solution was found in "electorate" or "District" cricket whereby players needed a residential qualification to play for their club. In 1903, a VCA sub-committee recommended the implementation of the system. Due to many differences of opinion (most notably, the powerful Melbourne Cricket Club dissented), District cricket did not commence until 1906.

The twelve inaugural District teams were Carlton, Collingwood (newly formed), East Melbourne, Essendon, Fitzroy, Hawksburn (which became Prahran the following year), Melbourne, North Melbourne, Richmond, St Kilda, South Melbourne and University. A promotion and relegation system between two grades was originally envisioned, and the premier club of second grade, Northcote, was promoted for 1907–08. However, last-placed Collingwood was not relegated and the idea dispensed with. The second grade was re-constituted as the Victorian Sub-District competition, comprising Brighton, Caulfield, Coburg, Elsternwick, Hawthorn, Malvern, Port Melbourne and Williamstown.

The uneven number of teams necessitated a bye, which remained 1929–30 when the VCA Colts team was included. The Colts team competed for eleven seasons but disbanded during World War II. Matches continued through the war (although they were not for points) and Footscray was admitted for 1948–49, which eliminated the bye. The next expansion occurred in 1974 when two clubs representing outer-suburban areas, Ringwood and Waverley, were promoted from Sub-District. Eighteen sides have participated since 1993–94 when teams from Geelong and the Mornington Peninsula were admitted. The finals system, previously consisting of four teams, was enlarged to a final six in 1997–98 season, later changing to a final eight.

Current clubsEdit

Colours Club Emblem Formed Home ground 1st XI titles First competed Note
Black, White, Green and Gold Camberwell Magpies Magpies 1906 Camberwell Sports Ground, Camberwell 4 1906–07 Inaugural club (Collingwood); amalgamated with Camberwell (Sub-District) in 1996–97
Navy Blue Carlton Blues 1864 Princes Park, North Carlton 10 1906–07 Inaugural club
Red and White Casey-South Melbourne Swans 1862 Casey Fields, Cranbourne East 3 1906–07 Inaugural club (South Melbourne), relocated and renamed in 2005–06
Navy, Red and White Dandenong Panthers 1908 Shepley Oval, Dandenong 3 1974–75 Promoted from Sub-District in 1974–75 as Waverley; amalgamated with and moved to Dandenong (Sub-District) in 1989–90 as Waverley-Dandenong; renamed Dandenong-Waverley in 1992–93; renamed Dandenong in 1994–95
Black and Red Essendon Bombers 1872 Windy Hill, Essendon 2 1906–07 Inaugural club
Maroon and Gold Fitzroy Doncaster Lions 1861 Schramm's Reserve, Doncaster 10 1906–07 Inaugural club (Fitzroy); amalgamated with Doncaster (Sub-District) in 1986–87
Navy, Red and White Footscray Bulldogs 1883 Merv Hughes Oval, Footscray 2 1948–49 Promoted from Sub-District in 1948; known as Footscray-Victoria University from 2000-01 until 2003-04, then as Footscray-Edgewater from 2004–05 until 2016–17
Royal Blue, Red and Gold Frankston Peninsula Heat 1880 AH Butler Oval, Frankston 0 1993–94 Promoted from Sub-District in 1993–94
Navy and White Geelong Cats 1993 Kardinia Park, Geelong 0 1993–94 Promoted from Sub-District in 1993–94
Royal Blue and Black Greenvale Kangaroos Greenvale Recreation Reserve, Greenvale 0 1906–07 Inaugural club (North Melbourne); temporarily amalgamated with Geelong (sub-district) as North Melbourne–Geelong from 1985 to 1986 until 1987–88; amalgamated with and moved to Greenvale in 2013–14[3]
Navy, Gold and Red Kingston Hawthorn Hawks 1860 Walter Galt Reserve, Parkdale 9 1906–07 Inaugural club (East Melbourne); amalgamated with and moved to Hawthorn (Sub-District) in 1921–22 as Hawthorn-East Melbourne; moved to Waverley in 1989-90 and renamed Hawthorn-Waverley in 1994-95; amalgamated with Monash University (Sub-District) in 2001–02 as Hawthorn-Monash University and moved to the Monash University Sports Complex in Clayton in 2004; amalgamated with Kingston Saints (Sub-District) in 2015–16 and moved to Parkdale as Kingston Hawthorn.
Red, Navy and White Melbourne Demons 1838 Albert Cricket Ground, Melbourne 21 1906–07 Inaugural club, but ineligible for the premiership until 1914–15
Green and Gold Northcote Dragons Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote 5 1907–08 Promoted from Sub-District 1907–08
Navy Blue Prahran True Blues Toorak Park, Armadale 8 1906–07 Inaugural club (Hawksburn); renamed Prahran in 1907–08.
Yellow and Black Richmond Tigers 1854 Central Reserve, Glen Waverley 6 1906–07 Inaugural club (Richmond); relocated to Glen Waverley in 2010–11, and changed its trading name to Monash Tigers from 2013–14 until 2019-20 (although the club was legally still known as Richmond).
Navy and Gold Ringwood Rams Jubilee Park, Ringwood 3 1974–75 Promoted from Sub-District 1974
Yellow, Black and Red St Kilda Saints 1855 Junction Oval, St Kilda 18 1906–07 Inaugural club
Black and Royal Blue University Students 1856 University of Melbourne campus, Parkville 3 1906–07 Inaugural club

Premierships correct to the end of 2021/22 season.

First XI premiershipsEdit


Ryder MedalEdit

First presented in 1972–73, the award for the best player of the season is named after Jack Ryder, the former Australian captain who had a long and distinguished career with Collingwood.

Season Player Team Biography link
1972–73 Ron Bird Collingwood [1]
1973–74 John Grant Essendon [2]
1974–75 John Grant Essendon
1975–76 Keith Stackpole Carlton
1976–77 John Shepherd Footscray [3]
1977–78 Keith Stackpole Carlton
1978–79 Keith Stackpole Carlton
1979–80 Barry Watson Footscray [4]
1980–81 Gary Cosier Northcote
1981–82 Mick Taylor South Melbourne
1982–83 John Douglas Carlton [5]
1983–84 Trevor Laughlin Collingwood
1984–85 Andrew Wildsmith Northcote [6]
1985–86 Michael Ephraims Prahran [7]
1986–87 Warren Whiteside St Kilda [8]
1987–88 Wayne N. Phillips South Melbourne
1988–89 Richard McCarthy North Melbourne [9]
1989–90 Warren Whiteside St Kilda
1990–91 Warren Whiteside St Kilda
1991–92 Mark Ridgway Fitzroy/Doncaster [10]
1992–93 Mark Leehane Essendon [11]
1993–94 Gary Watts Fitzroy/Doncaster [12]
1994–95 Warren Ayres Melbourne
1995–96 Brendan Joyce Fitzroy/Doncaster [13]
1996–97 Ian Wrigglesworth Carlton [14]
1997–98 PQ Harper University
1998–99 Abdul Qadir Carlton
1999–2000 Carl Hooper Carlton
Paul Collingwood
DM Dempsey
2001–02 Warren Ayres Melbourne
2002–03 CBD Street Fitzroy/Doncaster
RA Bartlett
Adam Dale
North Melbourne
2004–05 Simon Dart Hawthorn/Monash Uni.
MD Allen
Graeme Rummans
St Kilda
2006–07 Graeme Rummans St Kilda
2007–08 Steven Spoljaric Hawthorn/Monash Uni.
2008–09 Gareth Cross St Kilda
2009–10 Graeme Rummans St Kilda
2010–11 Theo Doropoulos Northcote
2011–12 Clive Rose Casey-South Melbourne
2012–13 Brenton McDonald Melbourne
2013–14 James Miller Prahran
2014–15 Ian Holland Ringwood
2015–16 Steve Taylor Northcote
2016–17 Brendan Drew Camberwell
2017–18 Trent Lawford Fitzroy Doncaster
2018–19 Brett Forsyth Dandenong
David King
James Seymour
2020-21 Scott Edwards[5] Richmond

John Scholes MedalEdit

Presented in season 2001–02 under the name of Cricket Victoria Medal, the John Scholes medal is awarded to the best player in the Victorian Premier Cricket 1st XI final. The name was changed for the 2003–04 season.[6]

Season Player Team
2001–02 JL Travaglia Fitz Donc
2002–03 GC Rummans St Kilda
2003–04 GC Rummans St Kilda
2004–05 TDB O'Sullivan St Kilda
2005–06 M Klinger St Kilda
2006–07 PM Boraston Dandenong
2007–08 MR King Ringwood
2008–09 ST Gilmour Ringwood
2009–10 RJ Cooper Melbourne
2010–11 JL Pattinson Dandenong
2011–12 WD Sheridan Richmond
2012–13 Matthew Begbie Melbourne CC
2013–14 S Dissanayaka Footscray-Edgewater
2014–15 Ian Holland Ringwood
2015–16 Peter Dickson Fitzroy Doncaster
2016–17 Matthew Brown Melbourne
2017–18 Peter Siddle[7] Dandenong
2018–19 Evan Gulbis Carlton
2019–20 Final not contested
2020-21 Damon Egan Prahran


Victorian Premier Cricket is run by the Cricket Victoria's Pennant Committee, which deals with grounds, fixtures, playing dates, venues, umpires, ladders, player eligibility and registrations, disputes, rules changes etc. The Pennant Committee comprises five delegates elected at the AGM of Cricket Victoria held every August. Currently, the members are Russell Thomas (Chairman), Kevan Carroll, John Malligan, John McConville and Ken Stone. Matters concerning player behaviour are dealt with a tribunal convened by Cricket Victoria and is made up of an independent chairman two Pennant Committee members, providing that their club is not involved in the match in question.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ayres chasing Premier record in the game – Cricket". The Age. 22 January 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Victorian Premier Cricket". Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  3. ^ Liam McAleer (31 December 2013). "Hume Leader looks back on the biggest stories of 2013". Hume Leader. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Premierships - Men". Cricket Victoria. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Cricket Victoria celebrates 2020-21 Premier Cricket award winners". Cricket Victoria. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Victorian Premier Cricket". Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  7. ^ Toby Prime (2 April 2018). "Premier Cricket final: Dandenong crushes Fitzroy-Doncaster in decider with Test quick Peter Siddle man of the match". Greater Dandenong Leader. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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