Defining an Australian Premier 1st Grade Match

Defining an Australian Premier 1st Grade Match

I am currently in the process of working on a Australian Premier 1st Grade Project. In this project I am looking at collating the following information:

  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Match and Result
  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Player
  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Umpire
  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Scorer
  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Ground

This is the male competition only but once this is completed, I will be working on the women’s competitions.

In terms of what defines an Australian Premier 1st Grade match, each state and territory defines it as something different. In terms of my project, I am defining this as the following. This is to compare apples and apples, not apples and pears if you can get my drift.

Australian Capital Territory

  • ACT Premier 1st Grade Competitions for the Douglas Cup, John Gallop Cup (and it’s predecessors) and the ACT Twenty20 Competition.

New South Wales

  • NSW Premier 1st Grade Competitions for the Belvidere Cup, NSW Limited Overs Competition, Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Competition.
  • The Rothman’s Cup and the Limited Overs Competition.


  • Queensland Premier 1st Grade Competitions for the Two-Day, One-Day and Twenty20 Competitions.
  • K&R Plumbing One Day Competition and it’s predecessors.

South Australia

  • SACA Premier 1st Grade, Limited Overs and Twenty20 Competitions.
  • Gillette Cup One Day Competition


  • Tasmania Premier 1st Grade, Limited Overs and Twenty20 Competitions (previously the STCA 1st Grade Competitions).
  • Kookaburra Cup Knock-Out Competition.
  • Town & Country Cup Knock-Out Competition.


  • Victoria Premier 1st Grade Two-Day and Limited Overs Competitions.
  • Super Slam Twenty20 Competition.
  • Premier Twenty20 Competition.
  • HSV-7/Canberra TV/State Bank Cup Knock Out Competitions
  • Kleenex Shield/Easton Sports Shield/Puma Knockout Cup/CUB One-Day Shield

Western Australia

  • WACA Premier 1st Grade Two-Day Competition and One Day League Competition
  • Premier T20 Competition
  • Sunday League
  • Statewide Twenty20 Competition

Highest Individual Innings in List A Cricket

Today, Travis Head made 230 for South Australia against Queensland in the Marsh One-Day Cup.  It is the 6th highest individual innings overall in List A cricket and the second highest in Australia after D’arcy Short’s 257 for Western Australia in 2018/19 at Hurstville Oval.

Highest Individual Innings in List A Matches:

268 AD Brown (2002)
264 RG Sharma (2014/15)
257 DJM Short (2018/19)
248 S Dhawan (2013/14)
237* MJ Guptill (2014/15)
230 TM Head (Today)
227* PP Shaw (2020/21)
222* RG Pollock (1974/75)
222 JM How (2012/13)

Premier 1st Grade Cricket Grounds Named after Test Cricketers

Abbett Park East, Scarborough was recently renamed Justin Langer Oval. This is the 24th Premier 1st Grade Ground named after a Test Cricketer.

This includes Oxenham Park which the main oval was later named Ken Mackay Oval.

The following is a list of Premier 1st Grade Grounds named after Test Cricketers:

Alan Davidson Oval, Alexandria
Allan Border Field, Albion
Allan Border Oval, Mosman
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote
Brad Haddin Oval, Queanbeyan
Glenn McGrath Oval, Caringbah
Grahame Thomas Oval, Bankstown
Harry Trott Oval, St Kilda
Ian Healy Oval, Kalinga
IW Johnson Oval, Albert Park
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
Ken Mackay Oval, Nundah (formerly Oxenham Park)
Kippax No.1 Oval, Holt
Kippax No.2 Oval, Holt
Mark Taylor Oval, Leeton
Mark Taylor Oval, Waitara
Mervyn G Hughes Oval, Footscray
Peter Burge Oval, Wellington Point
Peter Siddle Oval, Morwell
Ross Gregory Oval, St Kilda
Tony Dodemaide Oval, Footscray
Trevor Hohns Oval, Deagon
Trumper Oval, Paddington

Queensland Premier Men’s 1st Grade – Round 2

The second round of the Queensland Premier Cricket 1st Grade competition was held on Saturday 11 September. High scores and good conditions were prevalent in all matches which saw victories to Gold Coast, Redlands, Western Suburbs, Northern Suburbs, Ipswich and the University of Queensland.

In the battle of the Coast sides at Buderim, it was the Gold Coast which prevailed over the Sunshine Coast by 5 wickets with over 10 overs to spare. Batting first, Sunshine Coast made 8-247 but no player passed 50 runs. Captain Matthew Kuhnemann and Hayden Kerr both took 3 wickets. In reply Gold Coast made easy work of the formidable target. Former NSW 1st Grade player Hayden Kerr top scored with 111 off just 74 balls including 12 fours and 3 sixes.

Sandgate-Redcliffe made 244 after being sent in by the home side Redlands. Jack Cooper top scored for the visitors with 134 off 110 balls but had little support from the rest of the side with the next highest score being 34. Simon Milenko took 4 for 60 and fellow opening bowler James Bazley took 3 for 24. In reply, Redlands passed the target with 5 overs to spare. Queensland wicket-keeper James Peirson top scored with an unbeaten 121 opening the innings. Chris Abbey was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 40.

Northern Suburbs had an easy victory defeating Wynnum-Manly by 73 runs at Ian Healy Oval. Sent in, Northern Suburbs made 7 for 267 off their 50 overs. Nikhil Chaudhary top scored with 98 while Addy Grewal and captain James McPherson both made half centuries. Wynnum-Manly were in the hunt for most of their innings but lost their last five wickets for 14 runs. Connor Sully took 4 for 31 while Nikhil Chaudhary followed up his 98 with 3 for 44.

South Brisbane pushed Western Suburbs all the day but the visitors came away with the victory by 4 wickets. Sent in, South Brisbane made 9 for 241 off their 50 overs. Jamie Eccles and keeper Brandon Faber both made half centuries. Arjun Nair and Steve Paulsen both took two wickets. In reply, Western Suburbs were reduced to 3 for 48 but both Arjun Nair and Steve Paulsen followed up their bowling by both recording scores in the 70s. Sam Geyer was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 34.

Ipswich went two for two after a comprehensive 9 wicket victory over Toombul at Nundah. Winning the toss and batting first, Toombul was dismissed for 254 off the final ball of the 50 overs. Captain Harrison McNeilly made 117 while Harry Wood, Jack Wood and Sean Lutter all took 3 wickets. In reply Ipswich chased down the target losing only one wicket with over seven overs to spare to go to the top of the ladder. Harry Wood scored his second century in a row with an unbeaten 121 while Ryan Hackney made 116 not out. Together the pair put on an unbeaten 231 partnership.

University of Queensland had a fairly easy victory against Valley. Sent in, University of Queensland made 7 for 238 with only James Grady passing fifty. Cameron Boyce and Zanden Jeh both took two wickets for Valley. Valley were 9 for 135 before Jake Wildermuth and Donal Whyte put on 64 for the last wicket with Whyte not contributing to the score but it enabled Wildermuth to reach his century and he finished on an unbeaten 102 not out off 97 deliveries. Nicholas Sale was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 27.

Round 2 Match Summaries – 11 September 2021

Sunshine Coast 8-247 (JJ Matthews 48, BE Maher 47, T Olsen 27no, AA Day 27, ST Gardiner 25no, MP Kuhnemann 3-41, HL Kerr 3-49) lost to Gold Coast 5-248 (HL Kerr 111, H Burdon 57, BE Maher 2-27, AJ Somerfield 2-52) by 5 wickets at Kerry Emery Oval, Buderim.

Sandgate-Redcliffe 244 (J Cooper 134, J Mills 34, SR Carwood 31, SA Milenko 4-60, JJ Bazley 3-24, M Labuschagne 2-60) lost to Redlands 6-248 (JJ Peirson 121no, SD Heazlett 37, D Kritzinger 27no, CS Abbey 3-40, BE Street 2-46) by 4 wickets at Peter Burge Oval, Wellington Point.

South Brisbane 9-241 (J Eccles 79, B Faber 54, SJ Paulsen 2-32, A Nair 2-42) lost to Western Suburbs 6-246 (SJ Paulsen 75, A Nair 71, SR Dennien 59no, ST Geyer 3-34) by 4 wickets at Norman Gray Oval, Fairfield.

Northern Suburbs 7-267 (N Chaudhary 98, A Grewal 61, J McPherson 59, N King 3-21, ZA Abro 2-40) defeated Wynnum-Manly 194 (L Hope-Shackley 42, G Jones 39, CB Hunter 32, D Toft 29, C Sully 4-31, N Chaudhary 3-44, H Sardar 2-60) by 73 runs at Ian Healy Oval, Kedron.

Toombul 254 (HC McNeilly 117, J Webster 39, T Nicholson 39, H Wood 3-29, JP Wood 3-46, S Lutter 3-54) lost to Ipswich 1-256 (H Wood 121no, RP Hackney 116no) by 9 wickets at Ken Mackay Oval, Nundah.

University of Queensland 7-238 (J Grady 51, J Clayton 45, NCR Larkin 37, J Coetzee 31, CJ Boyce 2-39, Z Jeh 2-50) defeated Valley 189 (JD Wildermuth 102no, NG Stevens 26, N Sale 3-27, M Willans 2-38, J Coetzee 2-50, W Sanders 2-58) by 49 runs at Peter Easton Oval, Ashgrove.


Queensland Men’s Premier 1st Grade – Round 1

Valley, Northern Suburbs, Gold Coast, Toombul, Wynnum-Manly and Ipswich were the winners in the first round of the Queensland Premier 1st Grade Competition.

In the match of the round, Valley survived a late comeback to defeat Redlands by 34 runs at Peter Burge Oval. Batting first, Valley scored the highest score of the round with 7 for 321 off their 50 overs. Jake Wildermuth top scored with 113 while Usman Khawaja made 58 before being bowled by Marnus Labuschagne. In reply Redlands was dismissed for 287, rallying late to put a scare into the visitors. James Peirson top scored with 92 opening the innings while Cameron McInerney made 75 off just 47 balls to get the side close to victory. James Bazley took 3 for 52 for Redlands while Mark Steketee took 3 for 50 for Valley.

Northern Suburbs had a comfortable 37 run win over University despite being dismissed for just 190. Wicket-keeper Tom Healy top scored for the visitors while William Sanders took 4-49 and also top scored for University with 33.

Gold Coast were big winners against Western Suburbs at home at Robina. Western Suburbs were dismissed for 112 in a rain affected match. Kyle Wisniewski took 5 for 26 in 5 overs for the home side who only lost one wicket on their way to victory. Max Bryant top scored with an unbeaten 82 off 67 balls.

Sandgate-Redcliffe was no match for Toombul, going down by 5 wickets at Ken Mackay Oval. Toombul were in early trouble at 4 for 56 but keeper Patrick Cotter with an unbeaten 51 and Matt Renshaw with 40 saw them home with more than 13 overs to spare.

South Brisbane could only manage 9 for 199 batting first against Wynnum-Manly. All bar two players made double figures but the highest score was only 32. Cameron Trask top scored for Wynnum-Manly with 55 with the home side hitting the winning runs with 7 balls to spare.

Ipswich had a massive win at home against Sunshine Coast. Ipswich batted first and made 6 for 305 with Harrison Wood scoring 105 and Ryan Hackney making 61 opening the innings on debut for the club. In reply Sunshine Coast were no match being dismissed for 83 after being 5 for 9 at one stage. Four bowlers took two wickets each for Ipswich who won the match by 222 runs.

Round 1 Match Summaries

Valley 7-321 (JD Wildermuth 113, UT Khawaja 58, AJ Gode 57, DP McLauchlan 35no, JH Beath 31, JJ Bazley 3-52, SA Milenko 2-68) defeated Redlands 287 (JJ Peirson 92, CJ McInerney 75, L Smith 32, MT Steketee 3-50, Z Jeh 3-54, JD Wildermuth 2-41) by 34 runs at Peter Burge Oval, Wellington Point.

Northern Suburbs 190 (TA Healy 38, J Brown 36, A Grewal 33, S Neale 26, W Sanders 4-49, J Coetzee 2-20) defeated University of Queensland 153 (W Sanders 33, J Coetzee 29, H Sardar 3-47, N McFadyen 2-27) by 37 runs at WEP Harris Oval, St Lucia.

Western Suburbs 112 (S McGiffin 26, K Wisniewski 5-26, HL Kerr 2-16) lost to Gold Coast 1-123 (MA Bryant 82no, H Burdon 33no) by 9 wickets (DLS) Bill Pippen Oval, Robina.

Sandgate-Redcliffe 144 (RB Livingstone 26, D Cranitch 3-17, A Stockdale 3-42, HC McNeilly 2-20) lost to Toombul 5-145 (PW Cotter 51no, MT Renshaw 40, MJ Swepson 2-37) by 5 wickets at Ken Mackay Oval, Nundah.

South Brisbane 9-199 (L Duval 32, JD Fraser 2-26, L Hope-Shackley 2-44, G Jones 2-50) lost to Wynnum-Manly 6-202 (CT Trask 55, G Jones 41no, L Hope-Shackley 40, B Honeybrook 2-31) by 4 wickets at Bill Albury Oval, Tingalpa.

Ipswich 6-305 (H Wood 105, RP Hackney 61, DP Wilson 52no, AG Wilson 42, JP Wood 25, AA Day 2-46, T Olsen 2-62) defeated Sunshine Coast 83 (JB Turnbull 37, B Llewellyn 2-5, R Lutter 2-7, A Smith 2-14, JP Wood 2-32) by 222 runs at Baxter Oval, Amberley.

Premier Cricket Resumes Tomorrow

Premier Cricket resumes tomorrow with Queensland Premier Cricket starting with a limited overs round.

Redlands take on Valley at Peter Burge Oval. Usman Khawaja, Mark Steketee and Cameron Boyce will turn out for Valley.

Toombul will play Sandgate-Redcliffe at Ken Mackay Oval. Matt Renshaw will be playing for Toombul.

University of Queensland will be playing Northern Suburbs at WEP Harris at the UQ St Lucia Campus.

Wynnum-Manly will be playing South Brisbane at Bill Albury Oval.

Gold Coast take on Western Suburbs at Bill Pippen Oval in Robina. Michael Neser will be playing for the Gold Coast.

In the final match, Ipswich will be playing Sunshine Coast at Baxter Oval in Ipswich.

All matches will start at 9:30am local time.

Most Seasons without a 1st Grade Premiership for Current Clubs

Most Seasons without a 1st Grade Premiership for Current Clubs:

This includes Two-Day, Limited Overs and Twenty20 Competitions.

Out of the clubs below, Hawkesbury, Gosnells and Frankston Peninsula are yet to win a Premiership.

118 – Greenvale Kangaroos

53 – Casey-South Melbourne

51 – Essendon

48 – Western Suburbs (NSW)

46 – University of WA

36 – Hawkesbury

34 – Campbelltown-Camden

34 – Gosnells

30 – Gordon

29 – Mount Lawley

28 – Frankston Peninsula

25 – Melbourne University

Australian Premier 1st Grade Statistics Project

I’ve just passed 50,000 matches into my list of Premier 1st Grade Matches. I’m missing the following seasons from competitions which I am hoping for some assistance with:
Queensland Premier Cricket
– All matches 1954/55-2004/05
– T20 and LO Matches – 2005/06-2008/09
SA Premier Cricket
– All Matches 1954/55-2007/08 (2-Day, LO and T20)
Vic Premier Cricket
– VCA Knockout Competition (1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74)
– State Bank Cup (1974/75, 1975/76)
– Premier Twenty20 Competition (2004/05)
WA Premier Cricket
– All matches 1954/55-2006/07
– Sunday League 1978/79-2006/07
– Statewide T20 2005/06-2018/19
Anything that anyone has would be grateful, even match lists of 1st Grade matches played by a club.

1st Grade Premier Cricket Research Project

After completing the 1st Edition of the Australian Premier Cricket Statistics Annual, I developed a much greater interest in the history of Premier Cricket in Australia. I have been collating the statistics for both the ACT and NSW Premier Cricket Competitions and I have decided to expand my research of Premier 1st Grade Cricket in Australia to cover all seven (7) Premier Cricket Competitions. To do this I have decided to create a Premier 1st Grade Cricket research project which will cover the following things.

Player List
Building a player list of every player to have played Premier 1st Grade. I have currently entered players from 210 teams out of 268 1st Grade sides. Out of the 58 missing clubs, only 14 of them are current clubs.From the player list I hope to research the biographical details of each player making note of those having achievements outside of cricket in fields such as Olympics, Politics, Other Sports (Rugby League, Rugby Union, Australian Football, Soccer, Tennis, etc) and War Time Service. Also from this list, I should be able to work out who has played in the most Premier 1st Grade competitons and for the most Premier Cricket Clubs.

Grounds List
Building a list of grounds used for Premier 1st Grade and building statistics based around each ground.

Clubs List
Building a list of Clubs that have played Premier 1st Grade and building statistics based around each club.

Match List
Building a Match List for every Premier Cricket Competitions. Following this, the aim would be to enter each scorecard into my database to generate statistics to find out who was scored the most runs or taken the most wickets in Premier 1st Grade Cricket across the country.

Currently I have 46,001 players in the list. There are multiples of players for when they have played for multiple clubs. I am also looking for players for clubs which now no longer exist, the most recent being Beenleigh Logan (Qld, 1994/95-2011/12), Elizabeth (SA, 1993/94-1996/97), and Salisbury (SA, 1965/66-1996.97).

Release of the ACT Premier Cricket Statistics Annual 2020/21

The 2020/21 edition of the ACT Premier Cricket Statistics Annual has been released.

It covers every grade of the ACT Premier Cricket Competition and includes match summaries for every premier cricket match, full scorecards of every Grand Final and statistics for every grade competition and an overall statistical analysis.

It is available for just $10 and can be purchased from the website –