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ACT 1st Grade Cricket Grounds

The following grounds have been used for 1st Grade matches in the ACT Premier Cricket Competitions.

Acton Sports Ground

Other Names: Acton Hockey Ground

Suburb/Locality: Acton

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1933/34

Home Teams: Canberra, Acton

Notes: Located inside the old Canberra Racecourse and now resides underneath Lake Burley Griffin in the area between Acton Peninsula and Springbank Island.

 

Acton Sports Ground No.2

Other Names: Acton Flats Sports Field

Suburb/Locality: Acton

1st Grade Matches: 1932/33

Home Teams: Acton

Notes: Now located under Lake Burley Griffin in the area of the West Basin.

 

Ainslie Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: in the area now known as Lyneham

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1925/26

Home Teams: Ainslie

Notes: The initial Ainslie Cricket Club ground, located on what is now the Lyneham Primary School.

 

Ainslie Oval

Other Names: Alan Ray Oval.

Suburb/Locality: Ainslie

1st Grade Matches: 1938/39-1960/61

Home Teams: Ainslie

Notes: The Ainslie was established in 1935 but only with a concrete wicket. It wasn’t until 1948 that a turf wicket was installed at the ground. The ground wasn’t used for cricket after 1961 as the ground was leased to the Athletics Association. The ground was then used by rugby union and most recently Australian Football. The ground was renamed after Alan Ray, a long time stalwart of the Ainslie Football Club who incidentally also played cricket for the ACT.

 

Albert Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Cootamundra (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2006/07-2007/08

Home Teams: Northern Riverina

Notes: The ground is main cricket ground in Cootamundra.

 

Alexandra Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: East Albury (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2006/07

Home Teams: Albury Wodonga

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the East Albury Cricket Club.

 

 

ANU North Oval

Other Names: ANU No.2 Oval

Suburb/Locality: Turner

1st Grade Matches: 1976/77-2020/21

Home Teams: ANU

Notes: Established by the ANU in 1968 in open parklands on the northside of Barry Drive. The area was open parkland established by the Griffin plan in the exact opposite position of Northbourne Oval on the other side of Northbourne Avenue.

 

ANU South Oval

Other Names: University Oval

Suburb/Locality: Acton

1st Grade Matches: 1963/64-2020/21

Home Teams: ANU

Notes: Established by the Australian National University in 1962.

 

Bilson Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: North Albury (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2006/07

Home Teams: Albury Wodonga

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the Albury Cricket Club.

 

Birallee Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Wodonga (Vic)

Initial 1st Grade Match: 2000/01

Home Teams: Albury & Border

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the Wodonga Raiders Cricket Club.

 

Boomanulla Oval

Other Names: Narrabundah South Oval

Suburb/Locality: Narrabundah

1st Grade Matches: 1965/66-2006/07

Home Teams: Queanbeyan, Ginninderra, Western District

Notes: The ground is named after Indigenous advocate Mervin John “Boominulla” Williams.

 

Brad Haddin Oval

Other Names: Queanbeyan Park, Queanbeyan Town Park

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1923/24-2005/06

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes:  The ground was named after former Australian cricketer Brad Haddin in October 2016.

 

 

 

Bruce Stadium

Other Names: National Athletics Stadium, Canberra Stadium, GIO Stadium

Suburb/Locality: Bruce

1st Grade Matches: 1992/93

Home Teams: N/A

Notes: Hosted only two 1st Grade matches, one as a test for the upcoming Limited Overs Final and the Limited Overs Final itself. The ground was later renamed Canberra Stadium and then GIO Stadium when they took on the naming rights sponsorship of the stadium. The Stadium was built in 1977 for the Pacific Conference Games. The Stadium was converted to it’s current rectangular format in 1990.

 

Bunton Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: North Albury (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2001/02

Home Teams: Albury & Border, North Albury

Notes: The ground is home to the North Albury Cricket Club.

 

Canberra Grammar School Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Red Hill

1st Grade Matches: 2003/04-2011/12

Home Teams: ACT Under 19s

 

Capitol Hill Camp Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: area now known as Capitol Hill

1st Grade Matches: 1928/29

Home Teams: Manuka

Notes: The Capitol Hill Camp was located on the southern side of Capitol Hill and has now been replaced by the southern entrance to New Parliament House. The Capitol Hill Ground is located in what is now York Park in Barton.

 

Chisholm No.1 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Chisholm

1st Grade Matches: 1987/88-2020/21

Home Teams: Tuggeranong Valley

 

Curtin Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Curtin

1st Grade Matches: 1969/70

Home Teams: South Woden

 

 

 

Deakin Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Deakin

1st Grade Matches: 1964/65-1986/87

Home Teams: Woden, Tuggeranong Valley

Notes: The ground is no longer used for cricket after being converted to a rectangular ground for exclusive use by Association Football.

 

Deakin West Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Deakin

1st Grade Matches: 1987/88-1988/89

Home Teams: Woden Valley, Eastlake (lower grades)

 

Dickson Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Dickson

1st Grade Matches: 1967/68-1973/74

Home Teams: Northern Suburbs, North Canberra-Gungahlin (lower grades). The ground has since had it’s turf pitches removed.

 

East Queanbeyan Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: East Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1946/47

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: A concrete cricket pitch was established in 1935.

 

Ex-Servicemen’s No.1 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Griffith (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2007/08-2009/10

Home Teams: Griffith & Leeton, Riverina Colts

 

Fernhill Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: the area now known as Lyneham

1st Grade Matches: 1926/27-1929/30

Home Teams: Ainslie United, Ainslie

Notes: The Fernhill property was located along Mackennal Street in Lyneham at the back of the current St Ninian’s Church in Lyneham. The property was resumed by the government in 1958 to make way for the development of Lyneham.

 

 

 

Freebody Oval

Other Names: Freebody No.1 Oval

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1991/92-2020/21

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: The Freebody Oval precinct was named after former Mayor W.B. Freebody.

 

Haig Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Ainslie

1st Grade Matches: 1932/33-1937/38

Home Teams: Ainslie

Notes: Haig Park was established in 1921 as the “East-West Shelter Break” with it’s prime function to protect the new Civic Centre from wind and dust. The park was named after Earl Douglas Haig who commanded the British Empire Forces in World War I. The ground is now located in the grounds of Merici College.

 

Hall Showground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Hall

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1939/40

Home Teams: Hall

Notes: The ground still exists and is located on the corner of Victoria and Gladstone Streets in the village of Hall. The Hall Showgrounds hosted the Canberra Show from 1927 to 1963.

 

Harrison No.2 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Harrison

1st Grade Matches: 2013/14-2018/19

Home Teams: North Canberra-Gungahlin

 

Hostel Camp Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: In the area now known as Yarralumla, then known as Westlake.

1st Grade Matches: 1923/24-1925/26

Home Teams: Hostel

Notes: The Hostel Camp was located in what is now known as Stirling Park and the current embassy sites. The camp was pulled down in 1927.

 

Jamison Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Macquarie

1st Grade Matches: 2004/05-2020/21

Home Teams: Western District

 

 

 

Kaleen Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Kaleen

1st Grade Matches: 1984/85-2008/09

Home Teams: Ginninderra, Western District

 

Keith Tournier Memorial Oval

Other Names: Majura Oval

Suburb/Locality: Ainslie

1st Grade Matches: 1973/74-2020/21

Home Teams: Northern Suburbs, North Canberra-Gungahlin

Notes: The ground was named after Keith Tournier in 2007. Keith was a stalwart of the Northern Suburbs and North Canberra-Gungahlin Cricket Clubs.

 

Kenmore Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Kenmore (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2004/05-2007/08

Home Teams: Goulburn

Notes: The ground is located in the grounds of the old Kenmore Hospital.

 

Kingston Oval

Other Names: Eastlake Oval

Suburb/Locality: Kingston

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-2020/21

Home Teams: Eastlake, Kingston, Eastern Suburbs, South Canberra/Eastlake

Notes: The ground was renamed Kingston Oval after the area was renamed to Kingston from Eastlake.

 

Kippax No.1 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Holt

1st Grade Matches: 1979/80-2020/21

Home Teams: Ginninderra

 

Kippax No.2 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Holt

1st Grade Matches: 2007/08-2016/17

Home Teams: Ginninderra

 

Lavington Sports Ground

Other Names: Lavington Panthers Oval

Suburb/Locality: Lavington (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2005/06-2008/09

Home Teams: Albury Wodonga

Notes: The ground is the home to the Lavington Panthers Cricket Club.

 

Lindwall Oval

Other Names: Marist College Oval

Suburb/Locality: Pearce

1st Grade Matches: 2011/12-2019/20

Home Teams: Eastlake

Note: The ground is located in the grounds of Marist College. It was named after former Australian fast bowler Ray Lindwall in 1990.

 

Manuka Oval

Other Names: Manuka Circle Park, StarTrack Oval, UNSW Canberra Oval

Suburb/Locality: Manuka

1st Grade Matches: 1929/30-2019/20

Home Teams: Manuka

 

Margaret Donoghue Sportsground

Other Names: Dairy Farmers Park, Margaret Donoghue Oval

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1979/80-1988/89

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: The ground is now solely used by Australian Football.

 

Mark Taylor Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Leeton (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2006/07-2009/10

Home Teams: Griffith & Leeton, Leeton, Riverina Colts

 

Martin Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Wodonga

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00

Home Teams: Albury & Border

Notes: The ground is home to the Wodonga Cricket Club.

 

Narrabundah Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Narrabundah

1st Grade Matches: 1957/58-1963/64

Home Teams: Kingston

Notes: Part of the ground was resumed to build the Narrabundah Primary School.

 

Neil Bulger Oval

Other Names: Freebody No.2 Oval

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan

1st Grade Matches: 2012/13-2020/21

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: The ground was renamed after Neil Bulger, former ACT and Queanbeyan allrounder in 2015.

 

No.2 STT Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Kingston

1st Grade Matches: 1946/47

Home Teams: Kingston

Notes: The ground was used by the No.2 School of Technical Training (RAAF) located in Kingston which operated from 1939 to 1945. The No.2 STT used the facilities of the Canberra Technical Workshops located in the Kingston Workshops along Wentworth Avenue.

 

North Canberra Recreation Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: South Ainslie

1st Grade Matches: 1930/31-1932/33

Home Teams: Ainslie

Notes: Although the exact location of the ground is unknown, it is believed to be in the vicinity of the Ainslie Primary School around Elder Street in Ainslie.

 

Northbourne Camp Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Braddon

1st Grade Matches: 1926/27

Home Teams: Ainslie United

Notes: The Northbourne Camps were located near the trees located in Haig Park on the northside of the Civic Centre. The camp was established in March 1926 and dismantled in 1928. The ground is now part of the grounds of Merici College.

 

Northbourne Oval

Other Names: Northbourne Sports Ground, Rugby League Park

Suburb/Locality: Braddon

1st Grade Matches: 1925/26-1975/76

Home Teams: Northbourne, City

Notes: The first enclosed ground established in Canberra. The ground was leased by Rugby League in 1976 and then longer used for cricket. The ground now serves as the headquarters of the Canberra Raiders Rugby League team.

 

O’Connor Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: O’Connor

1st Grade Matches: 1968/69-1994/95

Home Teams: Western District, ANU (lower grades)

 

 

 

Phillip District Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Phillip

1st Grade Matches: 1974/75-1978/79

Home Teams: South Woden, Weston Creek Molonglo (lower grades)

Notes: The grandstand at the ground was built in 1989 and named after Michael O’Connor, the former dual international footballer. The grandstand was designed by Enrico Taglietti, the award winning architect.

 

Phillip Oval

Other Names: Football Park, EPC Solar Park

Suburb/Locality: Phillip

1st Grade Matches: 1974/75-2020/21

Home Teams: South Woden, Woden, Woden Valley

Notes: Now the home of Cricket ACT, the ground was renamed EPC Solar Park in 2020.

 

Queanbeyan Showground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1930/31-1932/33

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: The Showground was originally laid out in plans in 1863.

 

Raby No.2 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Raby (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2009/10

Home Teams: Newcastle XI

 

Red Hill Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Red Hill

1st Grade Matches: 1925/26

Home Teams: McCarthy’s XI

Notes: The Red Hill Ground was situated at the northern end of what is Latrobe Park located in what is now Deakin.

 

Reid Oval

Other Names: Reid Park

Suburb/Locality: Reid

1st Grade Matches: 1933/34-1988/89

Home Teams: Northbourne, Turner, City, North Canberra-Gungahlin (lower grades), Ginninderra (lower grades)

 

 

 

RMC Oval No.1

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Duntroon

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1985/86

Home Teams: Cadets, Duntroon, RMC, Combined Services, RMC Staff

Notes: The ground held the first turf wicket in the ACT. The turf wicket was removed in 2015 when the ground was used as a base for the construction of the Majura Parkway. The turf wicket was replaced with a synthetic wicket.

 

RMC Oval No.2

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Duntroon

1st Grade Matches: 1948/49-1955/56

Home Teams: RMC, Combined Services, RMC Staff

Notes: The ground has been replaced with touch football fields.

 

RMC Oval No.3

Other Names: Alamein Oval

Suburb/Locality: Duntroon

1st Grade Matches: 1949/50-1956/57

Home Teams: RMC, RMC Staff, Combined Services

 

RMC Oval No.4

Other Names: Scheyville Field

Suburb/Locality: Duntroon

1st Grade Matches: 1962/63

Home Teams: N/A

 

Robertson Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Wagga Wagga (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2000/01-2009/10

Home Teams: Wagga Wagga

Notes: The ground is the premier cricket ground in Wagga Wagga and has been used for first-class cricket.

 

Rosedale Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Warwick Farm (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2009/10

Home Teams: Newcastle XI

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the Fairfield-Liverpool Cricket Club.

 

 

 

Rowen Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Tallangatta (Vic)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00

Home Teams: Albury & Border

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the Tallangatta Cricket Club.

 

Seiffert Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Goulburn (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2008/09

Home Teams: Goulburn

Notes: The ground is the main cricket ground located in Goulburn.

 

South Eastlake Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Eastlake

1st Grade Matches: 1927/28

Home Teams: South Eastlake

Notes: The South Eastlake Oval was located near the present day intersection of Leeton and Mildura Streets in Kingston.

 

Stirling Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Stirling

1st Grade Matches: 1979/80-2020/21

Home Teams: Weston Creek Molonglo

 

Telopea Park School Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Barton

1st Grade Matches: 1926/27-1946/47

Home Teams: Capitol Hill, Kingston

 

Tim Doolan Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Harden (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2006/07-2007/08

Home Teams: Northern Riverina

 

 

 

Turner Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Turner

1st Grade Matches: 1947/48-1964/65

Home Teams: Turner

Notes: The ground was established as part of the proposed National Sports Centre but the rest of the complex was never developed. The ground was located in the corner of what is now the ANU Campus at the intersection of what is now Barry Drive and Clunies Ross Street. In 1965 the ground was redeveloped and is now part of the ANU’s Science Precinct. The David Craig Building was built on the site of the oval.

 

Victoria Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Yass (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2000/01

Home Teams: N/A

 

Wagga Wagga Cricket Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Wagga Wagga (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2006/07

Home Teams: 1999/00-2006/07

 

Westlake Camp Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: In the area now known as Yarralumla

1st Grade Matches: 1926/27-1927/28

Home Teams: Westlake

Notes: The Westlake Camp Ground is now located under Lake Burley Griffin in the West Basin.

 

Westridge Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: In the area now known as Yarralumla

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1926/27

Home Teams: Westridge

Notes: The Westridge Ground was located along the Cotter Road, 2 miles from the Hotel Canberra (now the Hyatt Hotel Canberra). The present location for the ground is between Weston Street and the current Forestry Oval in Yarralumla.

 

York Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Barton

1st Grade Matches: 1929/30-1948/49

Home Teams: Manuka

Notes: York Park was named to commemorate the visit of the Duke of York (later King George VI) to Canberra in 1927 to open the provisional Parliament House. The ground originally contained three cricket grounds but is now the home to office development and car parks.

 

ACT 1st Grade Cricket Clubs

ACT 1st Grade Cricket Clubs

 

ACT Under 19s

The Under 19s side participated in the Limited Overs competition in the limited overs competition in 2002/03 and 2012/13. The team later competed in the Twenty20 competition.

 

Acton

Formed for the 1928/29 season, they participated until the 1933/34 season when they withdrew from the competition due to their lack of competitiveness.

 

Ainslie

One of the first clubs formed in Canberra, formed around the farmlands near what is now the Old Canberra Inn in Lyneham. Their home ground was at the Fernhill Farm which is located in what is now in Lyneham. The club continued into the district competition where their area moved towards the current suburb of Ainslie, situated around what was then known as Ainslie Oval.

 

Ainslie United

Formed around the area near Braddon, the club only lasted one season and forfeited games near the end of that season.

 

Albury & Border/Albury Wodonga

The team was the representative side of the Albury & Border Cricket Association, now known as the Albury Wodonga Cricket Association. The side played in the Konica Cup between 2006/07 to 2009/10. Albury Wodonga also participated in the Twenty20 Competition.

 

Australian National University

The Australian National University Cricket Club first participated in 1st Grade in 1963/64 and have competed in 1st Grade continuously until the present day. The club participated in the lower grades first as Canberra University College later as University.

 

Cadets

The side was made up of Cadets who were in residence at the Royal Military College. The side participated from 1922/23 to 1926/27 until the competition was restructured into a district competition. A second side participated in the initial FTCA season but withdrew after half a season.

 

Canberra

The Canberra Cricket Club participated from the 1922/23 season until the 1927/28 season when they withdrew. The side was based around the Capitol Hill workmen’s camps and withdrew after the camps started to disband after the completion of the provisional Parliament House.

 

Capitol Hill

The Capitol Hill Cricket Club participated for one season in 1926/27 based around the Capitol Hill Camp where the current New Parliament House in located.

 

 

 

City (later City-Daramalan)

The City District Cricket Club was formed after the restructure of the cricket competition in 1969/70. Although a new club, the club was formed with the players of the Northbourne, Ainslie and Turner Cricket Clubs. The club merged with the Daramalan City & Suburban club in 1988/89 and participated as City-Daramalan.

 

City & Suburban

The City & Suburban side was the representative side of the Canberra City & Suburban Cricket Association which participated in five seasons between 2001/02 and 2009/10 in the Konica Cup. The side also competed in the

 

Combined Services

A side made up of members of the services competed in the 1st Grade competition in 1953/54. A number of the members of the side were stationed in Canberra for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Duntroon

The Duntroon Cricket Club participated between 1922/23 and 1927/28 seasons and was made up of staff of the Royal Military College including commissioned officers as well as civilian staff of the College.

 

Eastern Suburbs (formerly East Canberra)

The East Canberra Cricket Club was formed after the restructure of the competition in 1969/70. Although a brand new club, the club was based around players of the Manuka and Kingston Cricket Clubs. The side was renamed Eastern Suburbs in the 1984/85 season. The club then merged with Woden Valley for the 1989/90 season to be known as South Canberra.

 

Eastlake (formerly South Canberra and South Canberra Eastlake)

The Eastlake Cricket Club was formed after the merger of Eastern Suburbs and Woden Valley Cricket Clubs following the reduction of the competition from 10 to 8 clubs. The club was renamed South Canberra Eastlake in the 1998/99 season and then to the current club name in 1999/00.

 

Eastlake (formerly Power House)

The initial Eastlake Cricket Club was originally named Power House in 1914 and was formed by workers of the Canberra Power House. The club was renamed Eastlake prior to the start of the FTCA competition in 1922/23. The club withdrew from the competition after the 1926/27 season following the restructure of the competition.

 

Ginninderra (formerly Ginninderra West Belconnen)

The Ginninderra Cricket Club initially started to participate in grade competitions in the ACTCA Sub-District competition in 1975/76 after competing as a junior cricket club only. The club was then admitted to the 3rd and 4th Grades in 1978/79 and then admitted to an expanded Grade competition in 1979/80 along with Weston Creek. The club was known as Ginninderra West Belconnen from 1990/91 to 2004/05 following an agreement with the West Belconnen Leagues Club.

 

Goulburn

The Goulburn representative side participated for five seasons in the Konica Cup between 1999/00 and 2008/09. The side later participated in the ACT lower grade T20 competitions.

 

Griffith & Leeton

A combined representative side from the Griffith and Leeton Cricket Associations participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition in 2006/07 and 2007/08.

 

Hall

The Hall Cricket Club centred around the village of Hall played in the ACT 1st Grade Competitions between 1922/23 and 1939/40 for 15 seasons. The club drew their players from the Hall village as well as the surrounding farms. The club continued to participate in the lower grades until the early 1960s.

 

Hostel

The Hostel Cricket Club was based around the Hostel of unmarried men who were in Canberra to help build the Hotel Canberra, now known as the Hyatt. The Hostel was located in what is now known as Stirling Park near the current Lotus Bay. The club participated for two seasons, 1923/24 and 1924/25 before disbanding. A number of player went on to form the Westlake Cricket Club.

 

Kingston

One of the powerhouses of the early competition, the side first participated in the competition in the first season of district cricket in 1928/29 and continued until 1968/69 when the competition was restructured. The club was centred around the shopping and residential district of Kingston.

 

Leeton

The Leeton Cricket Association representative side broke away from the Griffith side and played as a standalone side for two seasons of the Konica Cup in 2008/09 and 2009/10. Leeton later competed in the Twenty20 Competition.

 

Manuka (for a period Manuka-Yarralumla)

The Manuka Cricket Club first participated in the initial district competition in 1928/29 and continued until 1968/69 when the competition was restructured. From 1953/54 to 1961/62, the side combined with sub-district club Yarralumla and was named Manuka-Yarralumla. This agreement lapsed after 1961/62 and the name reverted back to Manuka.

 

McCarthy’s XI

The McCarthy’s XI side participated for one season in 1925/26 playing 18 matches. The side was based around the Red Hill area but did not participate after their initial season.

 

Newcastle XI

An eleven from the Newcastle District Cricket Association participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition in the 2009/10 season only.

 

North Albury

The North Albury Cricket Club participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition for one season, 2001/02 following the withdrawal of the Albury & Border Cricket Association from the competition.

 

 

 

North Canberra-Gungahlin (formerly North Canberra Daramalan and North Canberra-Ainslie)

The North Canberra-Gungahlin Cricket Club was formed following a merger of the City-Daramalan and City District Cricket Clubs following the restructure of the competition from 10 to 8 teams in 1989/90. The club was renamed North Canberra-Ainslie in 1995/96 following an agreement with the Ainslie Football Club. The club was renamed again in 1999/00 to North Canberra-Gungahlin to take advantage of the new growth area of Gungahlin.

 

Northbourne

The Northbourne Cricket Club first played in the 1925/26 and continued to play after the introduction of the district competition in 1928/29. The side continued until the restructure of the competition following the 1968/69 season. The club was centred around Northbourne Oval in Braddon.

 

Northern Riverina

A representative side from the Northern Riverina Cricket Council participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition from 2006/07 to 2007/08.

 

Northern Suburbs

The Northern Suburbs Cricket Club first played in the 1st Grade competition in 1963/64 and continued until the restructure of the competition in 1989/90 when they merged with the City-Daramalan club. The club was formed around the newly established suburbs of Downer, Hackett and Watson.

 

Queanbeyan

The longest serving club in the ACT 1st Grade Competition, Queanbeyan District Cricket Club has played in the competition in 1923/24 and then from 1926/27 until the current day. The original Queanbeyan club was formed in 1860 but folded three times before the current club was formed. The side was part of the 1923/24 season but withdrew part way through the season to concentrate on playing sides from the local district.

 

Riverina Colts

A colts side from Riverina participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition in 2009/10 but was generally unsuccessful and did not participate any further in ACT Grade competitions.

 

RMC Staff

A team based on staff who were working at the Royal Military College participated in three seasons in 1st Grade between 1950/51 and 1955/56.

 

Royal Military College

A side made up from cadets from the Royal Military College participated in the ACT 1st Grade Competition from 1946/47 to 1956/57. A second side participated in the 1st Grade Competition in the 1954/55 season.

 

South Eastlake

The South Eastlake Cricket Club initially participated in B Grade in 1926/27 and then played their only season of A Grade Cricket in 1927/28 prior to the reorganization of the competition to district cricket in 1928/29.

 

South Woden

The South Woden Cricket Club was formed in 1969 mainly for residents initially of south of Hindmarsh Drive. The club was formed to take advantage of the growing new suburbs south of  the Woden Town Centre. The club merged with the Woden Club in 1984 to form Woden Valley to allow for the introduction of the Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club into 1st Grade.

 

Tuggeranong Valley

The Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club was admitted to 1st Grade in the 1984/85 season following the amalgamation of the South Woden and Woden clubs. The new club took advantage of the growth areas in the south of Canberra.

 

Turner

The Turner Cricket Club was formed after World War II in 1948/49 to take advantage of the growth in suburbs to the west of Canberra. The club played at the Turner Oval which is now part of the ANU campus around the area of Fellows Oval. The club continued for 21 seasons until the restructure of the competition in 1969.

 

Wagga Wagga

The Wagga Wagga representative side participated for two seasons in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition in 1999/00 and 2009/10. The side later participated in the Twenty20 Competition.

 

Western District (for a period Western District-University of Canberra)

Initially formed as the Belconnen Cricket Club, the side quickly took on the name as Western District for their initial season in the newly restructured season in 1969/70. The side was named renamed Western District-University of Canberra from 2004/05 to 2018/19 following an agreement with the University of Canberra Sports Union. The side reverted back to the name Western District following the lapse of the agreement.

 

Westlake

Formed out of the ashes of the Hostel Cricket Club, the Westlake Cricket Club members were workers from the workmen camps in the area between Capitol Hill and what is now known as Yarralumla. The club participated for two seasons from 1926/27 to 1927/28 before the start of district cricket.

 

Weston Creek Molonglo (formerly Weston Creek)

Formed in 1972 as a junior club, Weston Creek participated in the sub district competitions in 1975/76 before playing 3rd and 4th Grade in 1978/79. They were added to 1st Grade in an expanded competition in 1979/80. The side was renamed Weston Creek Molonglo in 2013/14 to take advantage of the new residential developments in the Molonglo Valley.

 

Westridge

The Westridge club was based around the western end of what is now the suburb of Yarralumla. The club participated in club matches prior to World War I but was then known as the Brickbats as many of the players were workers at the brick works in Yarralumla. The club participated from the initial season until the 1926/27 season.

 

 

 

Woden

The Woden Cricket Club was formed in 1965 when a group of cricketers who lived in the newly settled area of Woden Valley. This followed the success in 1963/64 of the formation of the Northern Suburbs. The club was originally going to be called Woden Valley but was formed as Woden District Cricket Club. The Woden Valley name was used when the Woden and South Woden clubs merged in 1984.

 

Woden Valley

The Woden Valley was formed in 1984 when the South Woden and Woden Cricket Clubs merged following the entry of Tuggeranong Valley into the grade competition. The club lasted until the 1988/89 when the reduction of teams from 10 to 8 saw the club merge with Eastern Suburbs. The club had planned to rename itself Southern Cross Woden for the 1989/90 if the reduction of teams did not go ahead.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.