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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 –


Release of the NSW Premier Cricket Statistics Annual 2020/21

The New South Wales Premier Cricket Statistics Annual for 2020/21 has now been released. Coming in at just under 550 pages, the Annual covers the statistics for both the Men’s and Women’s Premier Cricket Competitions for the 2020/21 season.

The Annual covers has the following features:

  • Complete Overall Statistics for both the Men’s and Women’s Premier Cricket Competitions
  • Full match summaries for every Premier Cricket Match played in the 2020/21 season.
  • Full Scorecards for every Men’s and Women’s Grade Final
  • Statistics for every Premier Grade Competition from 1st Grade to 5th Grade as well as the Poidevin-Gray Shield and AW Green Shield for the Men’s Premier Competitions.
  • Statistics for every Women’s Premier Grade Competition from 1st Grade to 3rd Grade including the Brewer Shield

This publication is available for just $15 from the Cricket Publications link which helps me to continue my work on the history and statistics of Premier Cricket in New South Wales and Australia.

It is available from the Cricket Publications link at the top of the page or through the link below:

Cricket Publications

Pre-ordering available for the Australian Premier 1st Grade Statistics – 1st Edition

Pre-ordering is now available for the Australian Premier 1st Grade Statistics – 1st Edition (2020/21).

Cost is $20 is will be available in electronic format from mid May at this stage.

Cricket Publications

The format of the book will be:

1. Table of Contents
2. Introduction
3. Covid Affected Matches (competitions and rounds affected by COVID-19)
4. Premiers (every grade of each Premier Cricket Competition)
5. Teams (a list of every Premier 1st Grade Club)
6. Grounds (a list of every ground used by a 1st Grade Club in 2020/21)
7. Dual Team Players (a list of players who played 1st Grade for two different clubs)
8. Overseas Players (a list of every overseas qualified player to play 1st Grade in 2020/21)
9. Overall Statistics (Male)
10. Overall Statistics (Female)
11. 1st Grade Tables (for each competition)
12. Match Summaries and Grand Final Scorecards (every 1st Grade and a full scorecard for every 1st Grade Final)
13. State Statistics (for all seven states)
14. Team Statistics (for each club)

Australian Premier Cricket First Grade Annual – 2020/21

Australian Premier Cricket First Grade Annual – 2020/21

1st Edition

  • Available Early to Mid May 2021
  • Covers the Male and Female 1st Grade Premier Cricket Competitions of the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
  • Includes the Following:
    • 1st Grade Tables for Each Premier Cricket Competition
    • Match Summaries for Every Premier 1st Grade Match both Male and Female
    • Full Scorecard of Every 1st Grade Final
    • List of each Premier in Each Premier Cricket Competition
    • List of COVID-19 Affected Matches and Competitions
    • List of Overseas Players playing in Premier 1st Grade during 2020/21
    • List of Players who played in two or more Premier 1st Grade Competitions
    • Overall Statistics for both Male and Female Premier 1st Grade Cricket across Australia as well as leading statistics in Limited Overs and Twenty20 Matches
    • Overall Statistics for Each Premier Cricket Club both Male and Female
  • Estimated length at least 200 pages
  • Individually numbered
  • Available in electronic format for just $20
  • Pre Order Now in order to get it as soon as it released!


The Five Greatest Douglas Cup Finals – No.1 – 2005/06 – Back from the Death for Triple Treat Success

The 2005/06 season was a season which was dominated by four teams in the two day competition. North Canberra-Gungahlin were the Minor Premiers by a long way on the back of four outright victories at their home ground. Tuggeranong Valley finished second and had only lost one match in the two day competition. ANU finished third on the table just behind Tuggeranong while Weston Creek seemed strong on paper but finished fourth, winning a close match against Norths in the last round to make sure of their position in the semi finals.

The semi finals were a complete contrast, Weston Creek dominated their semi final against Norths while it was a close affair between Tuggeranong and ANU. Norths sent Weston Creek into bat in their semi final and despite having Creek 2 for 15 early, Creek had reached 5 for 313 by stumps on day one thanks to a 256 run partnership between Cade Brown and John Rogers. Creek finally declared their innings closed at 8 for 490 and had reduced Norths to 8 for 201 at stumps on Day 2. Creek picked up the final two wickets on Day 3 made their way to the Grand Final.

The ANU and Tuggeranong semi final was an entirely different affair. Batting first ANU were bowled out for 80 and reply at stumps Tuggeranong were 8 for 133 at stumps. On Day 2, Tuggeranong were bowled out for 146 and ANU were 8 for 233 at stumps. On Day 3, the ANU tail wagged with their second innings finishing at 265, leaving Tuggeranong 200 to win the match and progress to the Final. After being 3 for 39 early, Tuggeranong then struggled to 7 for 83 and the final seemed beyond them. Then Justin Haywood and Adam Ritchard combined for a 8th wicket partnership of 106 to bring the total to 189 and only 11 runs from victory with 2 wickets in hand. Both Haywood and Ritchard were dismissed on 189 wich left still 11 runs to win with just the single wicket in hand. Tuggeranong came within four of victory before Denver D’Cruz claimed Osborne lbw and they were through to the Final.

Both sides were at full strength for the Final with Creek having the strength in the batting while ANU were stronger in the bowling. ANU just need a first innings victory or a draw to claim their first Douglas Cup title since 1998/99 while Creek needed to win the match to claim the title. An added incentive was that if Creek won the title, they would be the first ACT side to win all three 1st Grade titles in the same season. They had beaten Eastlake in both the Twenty20 Cup and the Konica Limited Overs Cup earlier in the season.

ANU were a team in form, winning four of their last five matches in the Douglas Cup competition. Led by wicket-keeper Randall Starr who had a wealth of representative experience behind him and was in the form of his life. Their batting was led by Will Sheridan, the veteran Rob Regent and Jarrod Loughman. Their bowling attack was superb, led by the Victorian quick Emmett Bronca and Nathan Madsen. They also had quick Denver D’Cruz in support and the spin option of Daniel Pascoe who later went on to play first-class cricket for Oxford University.

Weston Creek’s depth was their batting. Led by the run machine Cade Brown and their veteran captain Sean Maxwell, they also had the youngster John Rogers and Wade Irvine supplemented by hard hitting opener Adam Rhynehart who had been bludgeoning attacks all season. Keeper Byron Field hit a century in the semi final and they had the all rounders in Dan Mowbray and Christian Hanna. The rest of the their attack centred around the young red headed quick Matty Bell and evergreen Luke Bulkeley. Their spinning option was the leg spinner Ryan Bulger who was their leading wicket taker for the season.

Winning the toss and sending ANU into bat, Creek hoped to exploit the conditions to try and dismiss ANU for a low score so their batting could dominate the match and try and finish the match early. The plan they hatched seemed to work with Dan Mowbray claiming the vital wicket of captain Randall Starr for just 4 in the second over of the match. By lunch Creek had taken five ANU wickets, including Sheridan for 15 and Regent for 13. It was the combination of Dan Mowbray and Christian Hanna who had taken two wickets each and reduced ANU to 5 for 64. After lunch the wicket had flattened out and the ANU batsmen started to regain control of the match. Jarrod Loughman and Achula Siriwardhane put on 116 for the sixth wicket and when Loughman was dismissed for 72, ANU were 6 for 180. The wily Christian Hanna had made the breakthrough and took another wicket 1 run later when he had Siriwardhane caught by captain Maxwell. Runs were vital as they always are in a final and the big quick Emmett Bronca assisted with this by making 36 off 57 balls late in the innings helping the side to a total of 226 with about an hours worth of play left in the day.

In fading light, the ANU bowlers were full fire and the strong Weston Creek side were reduced to 3 wickets for just 5 runs. Daniel Mowbay, John Rogers and Cade Brown were all dismissed for ducks and the strong batting side lost three wickets for 1 run. Field and Rhynehart steadied the ship until just before stumps, Field was judged lbw off Siriwardhane and Rhynehart was given out caught behind off Madsen. Both wickets fell with the score at 38 which remained the stumps score.

Behind the eight ball, Creek made a semi recovery with youngster Wade Irvine and nightwatchman Luke Bulkeley but Irvine fell caught behind with the score on 57 and Bulkeley out for a gallant 12 with the score on 61. At 7 for 61, the final looked all but gone for Creek and when Christian Hanna was dismissed for 23 off 42 balls, the score was 8 for 92 with only the captain Sean Maxwell and tail enders Ryan Bulger and Matthew Bell remaining. This is when the fightback started with Maxwell and Bulger showing more resolve than the entire top order combined. The pair took the total from 8 for 92 to 9 for 184. Bulger had made a career best 46 off 88 balls and the partnership doubled the Creek total. Maxwell and Bell combined for a 15 run last wicket partnership which proved to be vital before Maxwell was dismissed for 55 off a mammoth 148 balls. Weston Creek was dismissed for 199, just 27 runs behind ANU on the first innings.

All ANU had to do was to bat out the rest of the match and the title was theirs. By stumps despite the loss of an early wicket, ANU reached 4 for 92, leading by 119 runs with still six wickets in hand on what was becoming a very flat Manuka wicket. Veteran ANU batsman Rob Regent was the mainstay of their innings, holding the innings together while wickets fell at the other end and taking up valuable time. He and Jed Sawkins had taken the overnight score from 4 for 92 to 5 for 134 when Sawkins was caught by Rogers off Irvine. Loughman was dismissed 20 runs later also by the same combination of Rogers and Irvine, then Siriwardhane fell with the score on 169 and Creek was back in the hunt. Unfortunately for Creek, the ANU tail wagged and chewed up valuable time as well as scoring runs at the same time. Bronca followed up his first innings batting, scoring 23 off 34 balls while Regent held up the other end. Regent was finally dismissed with the score on 201. He had made 83 off 247 deliveries. The last wicket between D’Cruz and Madsen but on 21 valuable runs before Matty Bell finished off the innings by clean bowling D’Cruz. ANU was all out for 222 leaving Weston Creek an unlikely 250 off 41 overs to claim the treble.

Before the start of the day’s play Sean Maxwell saw his team’s chances as “twenty to one” and the side had 41 overs to prove him wrong. Creek had to score at just over 6 an over in a match that no team had scored at more than 3 an over. Opening the batting, Adam Rhynehart got the side off to the perfect start by bashing 46 runs off 29 balls. He was first dismissed with the score on 64 but the side had a sniff of a chance. Cade Brown joined Mowbray and the score moved to 89 before Mowbray was run out. John Rogers came to the crease and the pair put on 75 runs before Daniel Pascoe had Rogers caught and bowled. This sparked a mini collapse with both Field and Irvine falling victim to Pascoe. Ryan Bulger was elevated in the batting order and quick work by keeper Starr saw Bulger run out for just one. This put the ANU side in the driver’s seat with only four wickets needed with Creek needing a further 55 runs for victory. The two most experienced players in the Creek side was just what the doctor ordered and the pair looked immovable no matter what the students threw at them. With just 11 deliveries remaining in the match and the darkness approaching, Sean Maxwell hit the winning runs setting off wild celebrations among the Creek players and supporters. Maxwell hit an unbeaten 30 off just 20 deliveries while Brown made 94 off 90 balls and was named the inaugural Greg Irvine Medallist for the Player of the Match. It was an unlikely victory after the side was rattled in their first innings to be 3 for 5.

The Five Greatest Douglas Cup Finals – No.2 – 1959/60 – Bowled out for 19 but a Close Finish in the End

1959/60 season saw the defending Premiers Ainslie take on the Minor Premiers Manuka-Yarralumla. For those not aware where these teams were located, the Ainslie side’s boundaries were located everything north and west of Haig Park where as Manuka’s boundaries were located from Manuka Oval west towards the suburb of Yarralumla. The Manuka-Yarralumla side included the original Manuka side as well as the lower grade side Yarralumla. The teams were amalgamated in 1953 after a redrawing of the residential boundaries of the cricket clubs.

The Manuka-Yarralumla side had led the competition for the majority of the season, securing the Minor Premiership with two rounds remaining of the 12 rounds competition. The Ainslie side had to win their last match of the season against Queanbeyan to decide which club would face off against Manuka-Yarralumla in the final of the Douglas Cup. Ainslie won the match quite convincing with Queanbeyan being bowled out for 59 in response to Ainslie’s 1st innings of 235.

Having these teams face off in the Final of the First Grade Competition was quite apt as these teams were the strongest teams in the competition with these two sides providing the majority of players to the ACT representative side that season. Other clubs to participate in the competition (other than Manuka-Yarralumla, Ainslie and Queanbeyan) were Kingston, Northbourne and Turner. The Turner side finished last that season and seriously struggled to compete that season. Kingston finished third in the competition following Queanbeyan’s collapse against Ainslie in the last round. Northbourne finished second last and were not as strong as they had been in the 1930s when they dominated the competition along with Hall.

Along with their ACT Representatives, both sides had some key imports in their sides that season. Manuka-Yarralumla scored a coup when former first-class cricketer Gamini Goonesena came to Canberra to serve as the third secretary of the Ceylon High Commission. A right handed batsman and leg break bowler, Goonesena moved to England after playing for Ceylon. He played for Nottinghamshire and Cambridge University. After playing in Canberra he moved to Sydney and played first grade there as well as playing for New South Wales in seven matches. In all he took 674 wickets in first-class cricket in 194 matches. Although debuting in just Round 10, he had taken 23 wickets at 7.50 in just three matches prior to the Final.

The Ainslie side had a strong import as well to match Goonesena. His name was Brian Jones but was known as Barney. A fast bowler, he had played 1st Grade cricket for Carlton in the VCA 1st Grade Competition as well as playing VFL Reserves for Carlton and the VFA for Coburg. He played the first round of the VCA Competition in 1959/60 but then was transferred to Canberra due to work and he threw his lot in with the Ainslie club. Prior to the Final he had scored 302 runs at 33.50 and taken 32 wickets at 8.20. He played with Carlton from 1955/56 to 1970/71, scoring 3800 runs and taking 379 wickets. He is now probably better known as father of former Australian International cricketer Dean Jones.

The Final was scheduled to be held over three days at Manuka Oval on April 2,3 and 9. The match was seen to be even as the sides had met twice during the season with each match being drawn. In the Round 3 match, rain washed out the second’s day play. On day one, Jones had dominated the match scoring 158 including seven fours and eight sixes. In Round 8, Manuka scored 195 and in reply Ainslie reached 8 for 163.

The match started on April 2 with the Governor-General, Viscount Dunrossil in attendance from the start. Ainslie won an important toss in terms of the match and sent the Manuka side in on a wet wicket. The Manuka-Yarralumla batsmen floundered in the wake of excellent and accurate swing bowling by Jones and Ian Lees who was the nephew of the ACT Hall of Fame inductee Lorne Lees. Manuka lost their first wicket at 2 and within no time the side was 4 wickets for 6 runs. Gus Vallance was next to go with the score at 9 caught by Brian James off Ian Lees. The next wicket fell at 16 was Colin Whitehead, which was a 7 run partnership with Goonesena for the innings which ended up the innings’ highest partnership. Manuka lost their last three wickets for no runs and the innings finished on the paltry total of 19 in just 11.4 eight ball overs. Jones had the figures of 4 for 13 while Lees had the remarkable figures of 6 for 6 off 5.4 overs.

Ainslie went into bat and their innings did no better to start with, losing their first three wickets for just 9 runs, all to fast bowler Bill Heath who had come from Leeton during the season. Brian James and Barney Jones helped Ainslie out trouble by scoring 16 and 28 not out respectively. Following the dismissal of James caught behind with the score on 44. The Ainslie batsman appealed against the light but it was dismissed by the umpires. Three more wickets fell with the score on 48 and then stumps were called with the total at 7 for 53.

Heath had taken all 7 wickets so far and was on track to take all ten. Strang was then dismissed for 7 by Heath and the score was then on 58. Ron Irlam took the ninth wicket and Hopkins was run out and the innings was completed with the total on 65. The innings had only lasted another 20 minutes on the second morning. They took a lead of 46 on the first innings which seemed vital although the wicket was becoming more docile.

Manuka-Yarralumla began their second innings in a more confident manner and Flynn and Robertson put on 38 for the first wicket before Robertson played forward to a slower ball and was caught and bowled by Lees. With the score on 56, Flynn was caught at backward square leg off Jones with the score on 56. Flynn had made 27, at that stage the second highest score of the match. Whitehead and Evans encountered a persistent attack of Jones and Kevin McCarty who reduced the run rate and tried to regain the ascendency. Whitehead, who in 1960 was a member of the Australian Basketball team which tried to qualify for the 1960 Rome Olympics, was then the next to fall with the score on 83 caught be Lees off McCarty. Evans, the wicket-keeper was next to fall eight runs later for 91, also off McCarty. Evans dismissal caused a mini collapse with Manuka falling to 7 for 99 and Ainslie seemed almost certain for victory. Heath and Goonesena saw Manuka through to stumps and their score was 6 for 116 with a lead of just 70 runs.

The final day’s play started with Ainslie still the favourite to win the match and with Prime Minister Robert Menzies in attendance. Heath was out early bowled by Jones with only one run added to the total. Seven runs later the eighth wicket fell when Clark was bowled by Ian Lees. Seven runs later, Goonesena was bowled middle stump for 30 by Lees, the highest score for the match. Irlam was last out without adding the score and the innings ended at 131 off 46.3 overs. Jones had figures of 5 for 51 and Lees had 3 for 26. Jones took 9 wickets for the match. Ainslie were set 86 runs to win the match outright and go back to back as the holders of the Douglas Cup.

The Ainslie innings started badly when Heath dismissed Webb caught in close with the score on nought. McCarty and new batsman Preston took risky singles and gradually built up the innings, edging their way towards victory. Preston was given a life, dropped by Vallance in the slips. Goonesena came into the attack and despite conceding eight runs in his first over, changed the course of the innings in his next over. In successive deliveries Goonesena bowled Preston and then the key wicket of Jones stumped. This left Ainslie at 4 for 31, still 56 runs away from victory. Key Ainslie batsmen Brian James and Allan Hawke were at the wicket and they struggled to rest the advantage away from Manuka.

With the score on 41, James was dismissed for 6, bowled by Goonesena. One run later, Goonesena struck again, having Hawke stumped by Evans for 10. Nelson and Ian Lees were at the wicket and despite the best efforts of Goonesena, the pair put on 23 putting Ainslie only 21 runs away from victory with 4 wickets still in hand. The match had swung back towards Ainslie.

Goonesena made the breakthrough leaving Nelson stranded yards down the pitch, having him stumped for 12. Five balls later, Strang was bowled by Goonesena without adding the score and the match swung again. Bill Heath came back into the match the next over when the Ainslie wicket-keeper Kevin Gibb was bowled. The score at tea was 9 for 66, Ainslie still 20 runs from victory. Lees and Hopkins edged the score closer and closer and they were only 10 runs from victory when Goonesena claimed his seventh wicket for the innings by clean bowling Lees for 18.

After being dismissed on Day 1 for just 19, Manuka-Yarralumla had pulled off the impossible, winning the match by just 9 runs.

Manuka-Yarralumla 19 (BK Jones 4-13, IJD Lees 6-6) & 131 (G Goonesena 30, K Flynn 27, BK Jones 5-51, IJD Lees 3-26, KV McCarty 2-32) defeated outright Ainslie 65 (BK Jones 28no, W Heath 8-31) and 76 (G Goonesena 7-28, W Heath 3-28) by 9 runs at Manuka Oval on April 2,3,9, 1960.