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.
- 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
- WACA Premier 1st Grade Two-Day Competition and One Day League Competition
- Premier T20 Competition
- Sunday League
- Statewide Twenty20 Competition
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:
237* MJ Guptill (2014/15)
222* RG Pollock (1974/75)
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
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
Building a list of grounds used for Premier 1st Grade and building statistics based around each ground.
Building a list of Clubs that have played Premier 1st Grade and building statistics based around each club.
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).
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 – https://actcricketstats.org/cricket-publications/
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:
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.
The format of the book will be:
1. Table of Contents
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)