Sydney Grade Cricket

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Sydney Grade Cricket is a cricket competition played in Sydney, Australia. The competition began in 1893 when a number of clubs, which had been playing for many years on an ad hoc basis, voted to create a formal competition structure.[1]

This competition has grown substantially and by the 2011/12 season, the Sydney Grade Cricket Competition encompassed 20 clubs. Each of the clubs fields a side in each of the five senior grades as well as a side in the Poidevin-Gray Shield and AW Green Shield junior competitions.


Clubs in the 2011–12 season of Sydney Grade Cricket were:

Former clubs[edit]

Sydney's suburban sprawl over the past 120 years has seen the introduction of new outer-suburban clubs and the disappearance or mergers of some inner-city clubs. The most successful club no longer in the competition is Paddington which won nine first grade titles between 1894–95 and 1953-54. Other ex-clubs include Burwood, East Sydney, Glebe and Newtown. Petersham and Marrickville had each won a first grade title prior to merging to become Petersham-Marrickville. They won four titles as a merged outfit before merging again with Randwick, which had won seven titles, to become Randwick-Petersham.

Grade Cricket[edit]

The competition consists of 20 clubs who field one side in each of the five grades. In the 1st Grade competition, each side plays every other side over a total of 19 rounds. All other grades play only 15 rounds, thus missing out on playing 4 teams each season. The additional 4 rounds that are played by the 1st Grade sides are generally one day matches that take place on Sundays (won by Sydney University in 2010/2011).

The 2010-2011 season, for all grades, includes 10 two-day matches (generally played on two consecutive Saturdays), 4 one-day matches and 1 Twenty-20 match. The 1st Grade sides played an additional one-day match and 3 Twenty20 matches. The 1st Grade Draw can be found here [3] and the 2nd Grade draw, which is identical to the 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade draws, can be found here [4].

The final series generally consists of Qualifying Finals, Semi-Finals and a Final. These matches are played over two days, with the First Grade Final being played over three days. In the Qualifying Finals, the 1st placed team plays the 6th placed team, 2nd plays 5th and 3rd plays 4th. The three winning teams (or better placed team in the case of a draw) and the best placed losing team go through to the Semi-Finals.

Points are allocated to the teams according to the results of each match. These points go towards the Club Championship which is awarded at the end of the regular season.

All of the current NSW first-class cricket players are selected from their performances in Grade Cricket. This includes those players who also represent Australia although the demands of the international schedule means the Australian players rarely get to play at grade level these days.

First Grade Premiers[edit]

  • 2014/2015 Manly-Warringah
  • 2013/2014 Sydney University
  • 2012/2013 St George
  • 2011/2012 Sydney University[6]
  • 2010/2011 Sydney University[7]
  • 2009/2010 St George
  • 2008/2009 St George
  • 2007/2008 St George
  • 2006/2007 Bankstown
  • 2005/2006 Fairfield-Liverpool
  • 2004/2005 Sydney University
  • 2003/2004 Eastern Suburbs
  • 2002/2003 Sydney University
  • 2001/2002 Fairfield-Liverpool

Poidevin-Gray Shield[edit]

The Poidevin-Gray Shield, or PG's as it is more commonly known, comprises teams who represent their grade sides in an Under 21 competition. All points received in this competition go towards the Club Championship. Bankstown defeated Blacktown in the 2013/14 grand final.

A W Green Shield[edit]

The A W Green Shield, or Greenies as it is more commonly known, comprises teams who represent their grade sides in an Under 16 competition consisting of 7 preliminary rounds, qualifying finals, semi-finals and a Final.

Many of NSW's top cricketers have come through this prestigious competition. All points received in this competition go towards the Club Championship.

Club Championship[edit]

Allocation of Points According to Results

Aggregate of Certain Multiples of Points for Club Championship

Manly-Warringah won the title in 2014/2015.

See also[edit]

Club Championship 2013/14

1. Sydney University 1458.00 2. Northern District 1268.00 3. Penrith 1230.00 4. Sydney 1195.70 5. Sutherland 1194.00 6. Randwick-Petersham 1174.00 7. St George 1150.00 8. Manly-Warringah 1148.00 9. Gordon 1135.00 10. Mosman 1090.00 11. Bankstown 1081.00 12. Campbelltown-Camden 981.00 13. North Sydney 892.00 14. Fairfield-Liverpool 881.60 15. Eastern Suburbs 830.00 16. Parramatta 826.00 17. Hawkesbury 784.00 18. Western Suburbs 756.00 19. Blacktown 590.00 20. UNSW 587.00


  1. ^ a b [1] Archived May 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ AA
  3. ^ Archived from the original on April 9, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Strauss a travelling batsman". Sydney Morning Herald. 14 November 2006. 
  5. ^ [2] Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Weet-Bix MyCricket: Sydney Grade Cricket". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Weet-Bix MyCricket: Sydney Grade Cricket". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 

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