Western Australian Grade Cricket

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Grade Cricket in Western Australia refers to the semi-professional cricket league played at a level below the first-class Western Warriors and colts teams. The competition is administered by the Western Australian Cricket Association.[1] It is the premier club cricket competition in Western Australia and players vying for Western Warriors and national team selection are typically chosen from Grade competition clubs. Retiring international and first-class players wishing to continue playing will generally return to their original Grade club.

Awards[edit]

1st Grade clubs compete for the 'Alcohol.Think Again District Cricket Competition Shield'.

The First Grade minor premiers win the 'Kevin Sullivan Silver Cup' as well as a cash prize of $3000.

The 2014-15 grade premiers were Joondalup (First Grade) who defeated Gosnells in the Grand Final at the WACA Ground. Joondalup were also minor premiers and won the One Day League title. Claremont-Nedlands won the T20 title.

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

Name Nickname First season Location Home ground(s) Coach Captain
Bayswater-Morley District Cricket Club[a] Bears 1933–34 (B2 and B3 Grades)
1947–48 (1st Grade)
Bayswater Hillcrest Reserve Martin Tobin Denver D'Cruz
Claremont-Nedlands Cricket Club[b] Tigers 1898–99 (Claremont-Cottesloe)
1928–29 (Nedlands)
1989–90 (Claremont-Nedlands)
Nedlands Cresswell Park
Melvista Oval
Tim Macdonald James Allenby
Fremantle District Cricket Club Freo 1887–88[c] Fremantle Stevens Reserve Joe Piromalli Ashton Turner
Gosnells Cricket Club Hawks 1987–88 Southern River Sutherlands Park Brendan Bracewell Darcy Short
Joondalup Districts Cricket Club[d] Northern Centurions 1885–86 Iluka Iluka Sports Complex Ric Olsen Michael Swart
Melville Cricket Club Storm 1957–58 (2nd and 3rd Grades)
1960–61 (4th Grade)
1968–69 (1st Grade)
Alfred Cove Tompkins Park Brad Thompson Drew Porter
Midland-Guildford Cricket Club Swans 1946–47 Caversham Lilac Hill Park Stewart Walters Stewart Walters
Mount Lawley District Cricket Club[e] Hawks 1924–25 Dianella Breckler Park Peter Waite Shane Rakich
Perth Cricket Club[f] Demons 1862 Carlisle Fletcher Park Jason Thompson Luke Jury
Rockingham-Mandurah District Cricket Club Mariners 1995–96 (2nd and 3rd Grades)
1996–97 (First Grade)
Secret Harbour Lark Hill Sports Complex Mark Atkinson Brayden Sutton
Scarborough Cricket Club Gulls 1957–58 (2nd, 3rd and 4th Grades)
1969–70 (1st Grade)
Scarborough Abbett Park Wes Robinson Wes Robinson
South Perth Cricket Club Sky Blues 1930–31[g] South Perth Richardson Park - Hugh Brown
Subiaco-Floreat Cricket Club[h] Lions 1907–08 (Subiaco)
1956–57 (Floreat Park)
1977–78 (Subiaco-Floreat)
Floreat Floreat Oval Dermot Reeve Chris Hansberry
University Cricket Club Students 1885–86 Crawley James Oval Will Stibbs Will Bosisto
Wanneroo District Cricket Club Roos 1979–80 (2nd and 4th Grades)
1983–84 (1st Grade)
Madeley Kingsway Reserve Wayne Pearson Chris Quelch
Willetton District Cricket Club[i] Dragons 1889–90 (West Perth)
1983-84 (Southern Districts)
Willetton Burrendah Reserve Aaron Harwood Matthew Johnston
Notes

a Bayswater-Morley was known as the Bassendean Cricket Club between 1932–33 and 1947–48, the Bassendean Turf Cricket Club from 1947–48 to 1960–61 and the Bassendean-Bayswater Cricket Club from 1960–61 to 1980–81.
b Claremont-Nedlands was formed in 1989 from a merger of the Claremont-Cottesloe and Nedlands Cricket Clubs. The Claremont-Cottesloe Cricket Club, founded in 1898, was known as the Claremont Cricket Club between 1906 and 1948. The Nedlands Cricket Club was founded in 1928.
c Fremantle Cricket Club first competed in the competition in the 1887–88 season. The club withdrew from the competition several times to participate in local competitions, but fielded a team in the WACA competition from 1887–88 to 1888–89, 1890–91 to 1893–94, 1906–07 to 1908–09, 1910–11 to 1913–14, and from 1921–22 onwards. The club combined with Claremont for three seasons from 1942–43 to 1944–45 during the Second World War.
d Joondalup was known as the North Perth Cricket Club before 1999–2000.
e Mount Lawley was known as the Maylands-Mount Lawley Cricket Club between 1924–25 and 1927–28.
f Perth was known as the Metropolitans Cricket Club between 1885–86 and 1898–99, the East Perth Cricket Club between 1899–1900 and 1907–08, and again from 1910–11 to 1953–54, and as the Corinthians Cricket Club 1908–09 to 1909–10.
g South Perth participated in the competition from 1930–31 to 1934–35, in 1941–42 and from 1945–46 onwards.
h Subiaco-Floreat was formed from a merger of the Subiaco and Floreat Park Cricket Clubs in 1977–78. The Subiaco Cricket Club was founded in 1907–08 as the Subiaco-Leederville Cricket Club, changing its name to Subiaco in 1942–43. The Floreat Park was founded in 1957–58, but only played 2nd Grade cricket.
i The West Perth Cricket Club (formed in 1889 as Federal CC and known as West Perth from 1890-91) merged with South Suburban C.A. club Willetton (formed in 1973) in late 1982, effective from the 1983-84 season. The merged entity became known as the Southern Districts Cricket Club from 1983-84 to 1987-88. Willetton's SSCA arm broke away prior to the 1987-88 season and changed their name to the Willetton Senior Cricket Club, whilst Southern Districts became the Willetton District Cricket Club in 1988-89.

Former clubs[edit]

Former clubs include Australians, CBC, Central, City Temperance, East Fremantle, Henley Park, High School, I'Zingari, Karrakatta, North-East Fremantle, North Fremantle, Perth Boys School, Port, Richmond, South Fremantle and Wanderers.

Associated competitions[edit]

See also[edit]

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