Prime Minister’s XI Match Milestones

1951/52

This was the first Prime Minister’s XI match. It was a one day single innings match with the team batting first being dismissed but also had the option of declaring There were intervals for lunch and tea. The match was also the first match that was washed out during the day.

1965/66

This was the first limited overs match in the history of the Prime Minister’s XI series. It was 35 overs per side with 8 ball overs.

1983/84

The Prime Minister’s XI series was resumed under the tutelage of Bob Hawke, who was also a former cricketer for the ACT. It was the first match which used 6 ball overs and was a limited overs match with a maximum of 50 overs per side. The match also still holds the record of the highest attendance with over 15,000 attending. The match was also the first time a Man of the Match was awarded with David Boon receiving the award.

1985/86

First Prime Minister’s XI match washed out by rain after starting in the limited overs format with only 12.5 overs of play possible for the match before the rain arrived.

1988/89

First Prime Minister’s XI washed out without a ball being bowled. The match was against the West Indies with consistent rain washing out the match.

1993/94

First match which had a reduced number of overs played to completion. Rain during the Prime Minister’s XI innings reduced the match to a 42 over a side match with no change in the target score.

1998/99

First match where a 3rd Umpire was used to adjudicate on decisions.

2005/06

First match decided by run rate with the PM’s XI winning by 6 runs on the Duckworth Lewis Method after a massive storm descended upon Manuka Oval. The match was also the first and only time a replacement player was allowed in the match with Michael Shaw playing the second half of the match as a replacement player.

2008/09

First match using coloured clothing with both the home side and Sri Lanka wearing colour clothing. Previously only white clothing had been used.

2012/13

With the installation of floodlights at Manuka Oval, the first Day/Night match was played in the Prime Minister’s XI series.

2015/16

Pink balls used for the first time in Prime Minister’s XI matches. The match was used a trial for the balls prior to the Day/Night Test Match in Adelaide later in the summer.

2016/17

First match in the series played as a Twenty20 match.

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