Unusual Sheffield Shield Debut Record

When Harry Nielsen and Nick Winter made their Sheffield Shield debut in the second half of the 2017/18 Australian season, they became only the fifth pair of debutants to create an unusual record.

Harry Nielsen made a century in the South Australian 1st Innings and Nick Winter took 5 wickets in the Victorian 1st Innings, they became only the fifth pair of Sheffield Shield debutants to score a century and take 5 wickets in an innings on debut.

The first pair that did this record was in the first Sheffield Shield match in 1892/93 at the Adelaide Oval when Harry Donnan made 120 in New South Wales’ total of 337 and then Michael Pierce took 8 for 111 in 46.3 overs in the South Australian innings.

The second pair that did this unusual feat was in the next Sheffield Shield match, when New South Wales travelled to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take on Victoria in their inaugural Shield match. Batting first, New South Wales was dismissed for just 197 with Bob McLeod taking 6 for 54. In reply Victoria made 375 with William Bruce making 128.

It took another 54 years for these feats to be added to. It was in the 1946/47 season, which was the Sheffield Shield’s first season after the end of World War II. In their first home match of the season at the MCG, Victoria after winning the toss and batting first made 543 with debutant and future Test batsman Sax Loxton making an unbeaten 232 in just 334 minutes. In reply, Allan Jinks in his first Sheffield Shield match (after playing two first-class matches against Tasmania in 1935/36) took 5 for 42 off 20 overs with his off breaks.

45 years later, it was a pair from Western Australia to join the list in 1991. Western Australia travelled to Junction Oval in St Kilda to take on Victoria. Mark Lavender made 118 off 300 balls to score a century on debut, putting on a 194 run partnership with Graeme Wood. Western Australia declared on 6 for 418. In reply, Victoria were dismissed for 342 with future England bowler Martin McCague taking 5 for 105 on debut.

And finally, in February 2018, the most current pair of debutants made the list. Harry Nielsen made his Sheffield Shield debut and made 105 off 182 balls, helping South Australia make 379, in the process putting on 143 for the 7th wicket with Joe Mennie. In reply, Victoria fell just short of the South Australian total, being dismissed for 371. Former ACT player, Nick Winter on debut took 5 for 85 off 27 overs.

100 and 5 wickets on debut in the 1st Innings by debutants in a Sheffield Shield Match:

1892/93 – H Donnan/M Pierce (NSW v SA)

1892/93 – W Bruce/RW McLeod (Vic v NSW)

1946/47 – SJE Loxton/A Jinks (Vic v Qld)

1990/91 – MP Lavender/MJ McCague (WA v Vic)

2017/18 – HJ Nielsen/NP Winter (SA v Vic)

ACT Cricketers A to Z

As you may know I have been working on a number of writing projects. I have decided to delay the publication of the history of the Prime Minister’s XI book until next year as the Prime Minister’s XI match will be played in October this year instead of much later in the season. Therefore I hope the book will include the match as it is the 40th match in the series of matches.

I have now started work on a long term of project which will have all the details of every player to have played for the Australian Capital Territory which will incorporate the research I have been doing on the 755 players who have played for the Territory.

Below is the first page in the book which is a draft for feedback. Please let me know what you think of it through the comments field. The first page covers the players who have played for the ACT with the surname A.


ACT A to Z Page 1

ACT Players – Biographical Details

I am currently researching the biographical details of players who have played for the ACT. There are currently 756 players of which I am missing 169. The information that I am looking for are full names (including middle names), date of birth/death, place of birth/death, batting and bowling styles. Below are the players which I am currently missing and would appreciate any assistance in tracking these details down:

Findlay William M 1922/23
Byrnes Michael David 1923/24
Richards O 1923/24
Duff J 1923/24
Britton Albert Leonard 1924/25
Wilton EW 1924/25
Russell CE 1925/26
Carroll Keith Elgin 1926/27
McDermott S 1926/27
Hall Robert Leslie “Ted” 1926/27
Read Harold 1926/27
McKenzie Jock R 1927/28
Parker Roy George 1928/29
Richardson Martin 1928/29
Power Jack 1928/29
Curnow C 1929/30
Maloney Reg 1929/30
Sutherland George Sturt 1929/30
Brown Vincent Jeremiah 1929/30
Murphy Edward 1930/31
Gormley James G “Jim” 1931/32
Woods Harry 1931/32
Bourne Charles William “Charlie” 1931/32
Kevins C 1931/32
Maguire R 1931/32
McDonald N 1932/33
Hall Charles Alfred 1933/34
Hall William James 1933/34
Roseby John 1936/37
Evans William Albert 1937/38
Lewis Thomas 1938/39
Wilson K 1939/40
Fitzgerald H 1940/41
Chapman James 1945/46
McCarthy 1946/47
McDermott 1946/47
Cole R 1946/47
Murphy Jack 1947/48
Lynch Bernard “Barney” 1948/49
Bell W 1948/49
Conran J 1948/49
Burgess K 1950/51
Gibb Kevin Thomas 1950/51
Henderson William “Bill” 1951/52
Jolliffe Maxwell Hilton 1951/52
Loftus John Thomas 1953/54
Walker Graham 1953/54
Barker A 1954/55
Williams John 1954/55
Nash Len 1955/56
Senior P 1955/56
Collins A 1955/56
McClure Noel 1956/57
Nelson John 1956/57
Walker Doug 1956/57
Howe Robert 1956/57
James Brian Clyde 1956/57
Cirson R 1956/57
Seymour Fred 1956/57
Christensen Edward Frederick 1957/58
Wheeler John 1957/58
Irlam William Ronald 1957/58
Smith John 1957/58
Wheeler Malcolm 1957/58
Reid David 1957/58
Laurie Robert Stephen 1957/58
Webb John 1957/58
Strahan Barry Malcolm 1958/59
Hukins John Bernard 1959/60
Jones Barney 1959/60
Evans David William 1959/60
King Ken 1959/60
Hutchison Bruce 1960/61
Read Robert 1960/61
Smith Peter 1960/61
Curran Jim 1960/61
Smith Sydney Wilson 1960/61
Moore Ric 1960/61
Shearer Robert George 1960/61
Watson Cole 1960/61
Elliott Mal 1962/63
Preston Max 1962/63
Roberts Ken 1962/63
McPherson Colin Malcolm 1962/63
Canney Ian Geoffrey 1963/64
Strang Ross 1963/64
Duff Gordon 1963/64
Lange Laurie Francis 1964/65
Curran Brian 1965/66
Harvey Jim 1965/66
Bremner John B 1965/66
Coombes Denis 1965/66
Romney John 1965/66
Atkinson William 1966/67
Sutton Robert 1966/67
Wilson Kyle Ralph 1966/67
Dawson Graham Robert 1967/68
Howell Michael John 1967/68
Slacksmith Phil 1967/68
Booth Terrence 1967/68
Myers David Leslie 1967/68
Tuckwell Neil 1967/68
Carey Ernest Edward 1967/68
Marshall Robert 1967/68
Bennett David 1967/68
Hatch Ken 1967/68
Middleton Allan 1967/68
Edwards Ric 1967/68
Curtin Michael John 1968/69
Gibson Terry 1968/69
Mackay Ian 1968/69
Caldwell John 1968/69
Hegarty Don 1968/69
Morey Graham 1968/69
Barnes John 1968/69
Clews Guy Donald 1968/69
Cook Peter 1969/70
Etheridge Mike 1969/70
Harvey Bruce Edred 1969/70
Morgan Robert G 1969/70
Lloyd Brian 1969/70
Andrews Donald Keith 1970/71
Moore Ricky 1970/71
Philip Julian Mark 1970/71
Samuels Gary James 1970/71
Thompson Joe 1970/71
Boardman Wayne Rodney 1972/73
DeKretser Michael 1972/73
Manion John David 1972/73
Rowe Colin Keith 1973/74
Curtis MG 1973/74
O’Connell Barry G 1973/74
Pirjevic Zoran Anton 1973/74
Skinner Tim 1973/74
D’Arcy Tim 1973/74
Hyland Barry 1974/75
Bickle Peter John 1974/75
Matijevic Adolfo John 1975/76
Beacroft Greg 1977/78
Carland David John 1977/78
Cremer Gregory Paul 1977/78
O’Reilly Peter Ronald 1978/79
Stanek Peter 1978/79
Urquhart Mark 1978/79
Milner Richard 1979/80
Monaghan Peter 1979/80
Bush Graham Arthur 1980/81
Campbell Wayne 1980/81
Hore Graham Douglas 1980/81
Hannam Brett John 1980/81
Roberts Greg 1981/82
Williams Dave 1981/82
Gulbransen Peter 1981/82
Stone Kenneth Wesley 1982/83
Jones Stuart 1982/83
McElhinney Sean Michael 1982/83
Rowan John Nicholson 1982/83
Bradley Craig 1982/83
Hansby Francis John 1982/83
Miller Darren 1982/83
Brady Michael Anthony 1983/84
Ledger Andrew John 1983/84
Killer Mark James 1984/85
Shea Peter Joseph 1986/87
Steel Mark Richard 1986/87
Woods Neil Alexander 1989/90
McMahon Michael 1990/91
Macpherson Paul 1990/91
Lucas Jeffrey Paul 1990/91

Dean Brothers Run Riot

Today, Jono and Blake Dean set a mammoth amount of records in the ACT 1st Grade Semi Final for Weston Creek Molonglo against Queanbeyan. Weston Creek finally declared at 9-668 after Blake Dean batting at number eight in the innings was dismissed for 291. Earlier in the day, Jono Dean was dismissed for 205.

Below are some of the records which have been set today:

Team Records

Highest ever innings by Weston Creek Molonglo in 1st Grade
2nd highest innings ever in 1st Grade history
2nd highest innings ever in a 1st Grade semi final
Highest ever innings at Stirling Oval
Highest ever innings in 1st Grade against Queanbeyan
Highest ever innings in 1st Grade where a team hasn’t been dismissed
1st time in ACT 1st Grade history that all 11 players have bowled in the same innings


Jono Dean
Highest ever innings by a Weston Creek Molonglo 1st Grade player at Stirling Oval
Highest ever innings in a 1st Grade Semi-Final (since passed by Blake Dean in the same innings)
Moved into 13th place overall on the leading run scorers in 1st Grade
1st person to record 3 scores over 200 in 1st Grade
3rd highest indivdual innings for a Weston Creek Molonglo 1st Grade player
Passed 2000 runs in ACT 1st Grade for Weston Creek Molonglo
Highest score by a number five batsman in 1st Grade for Weston Creek Molonglo
29th double century in all grades in ACT Grade Cricket

Blake Dean
Highest ever score for a Number 8 batsman in 1st Grade
Passed his highest score in 1st Grade
Highest ever score for a Number 8 batsman in 1st Grade for Weston Creek
2nd highest indivdual innings for a Weston Creek Molonglo 1st Grade player
Highest ever innings in a 1st Grade Semi-Final
Highest ever innings in 1st Grade against Queanbeyan
Highest ever innings in 1st Grade for Weston Creek Molonglo
Highest ever innings in Grade cricket for a Weston Creek Molonglo player at Stirling Oval
Highest ever innings in a 1st Grade Semi-Final or Final in 1st Grade
Highest ever innings in Grade cricket for Weston Creek Molonglo
3rd Highest ever innings in 1st Grade cricket
Highest ever innings in all cricket for Weston Creek Molonglo
Highest ever innings at Stirling Oval
30th double century in all grades in ACT Grade Cricket

Jono Dean/Blake Dean
Highest ever 1st Grade partnership for the 7th wicket for Weston Creek Molonglo
3rd highest partnership for Weston Creek Molonglo in 1st Grade for any wicket
2nd highest partnership in 1st Grade for the 7th wicket
1st time that two double centuries are scored in the same 1st Grade innings

Blake Dean/Lewis Evans
Highest ever 1st Grade partnership for the 9th wicket for Weston Creek Molonglo
Highest ever 1st Grade partnership for the 9th wicket in ACT 1st Grade

Comets in the Futures League – An Analysis

This is a short analysis of the Comets (both the ACT up to 2016/17 and ACT/NSW Country) in the Futures League and previously the Cricket Australia Cup.

This refers to only the 3-day and 4-day versions of the competition and doesn’t include the Futures League T20 competition (often referred to as the Baby Bash).

The analysis currently goes back to the 2006/07 season.

Grade Ex ACT Country NSW Total Selections Finish Position
2006/07 92% 8% 0% 0% 48 6th
2007/08 77% 23% 0% 0% 48 6th
2008/09 92% 8% 0% 0% 48 6th
2009/10 64% 29% 7% 0% 72 3rd
2010/11 61% 19% 19% 0% 72 1st
2011/12 77% 10% 13% 0% 48 7th
2012/13 92% 0% 8% 0% 48 4th
2013/14 94% 4% 2% 0% 48 6th
2014/15 42% 27% 0% 31% 48 7th
2015/16 64% 16% 0% 20% 75 7th
2016/17 48% 19% 0% 33% 73 7th
2017/18 22% 27% 0% 51% 73 7th*

This table shows the percentage of players and their location when playing for the ACT and ACT/NSW Country Comets. When Brad Haddin and David Dawson played for the ACT during this time they are considered as Ex-ACT players as they previously played Grade cricket in Canberra.

Grade players refers to players who were currently playing Grade cricket in Canberra at the time they were picked to play for the Comets during that season.

Ex-ACT refers to players who had previously played in Grade cricket in Canberra but were then picked to play for the Comets in that season. Players were playing either in the Adelaide or Sydney grade competitions.

Country refers to players selected who were playing in grade cricket competitions in country New South Wales. Currently this has only been the Newcastle grade competition.

NSW refers to players selected to play for the Comets but have no connection to cricket in Canberra other than playing for the Comets. Players started playing for the Comets from the 2014/15 season under the Memorandum of Understanding between Cricket ACT and Cricket NSW. From the 2017/18 season, the Comets name was changed from ACT to ACT/NSW Country and contained NSW contracted players who had a link to NSW Country areas.

Matches refer to the number of selections for the season. In this case. Some seasons, 4 matches were played while some seasons 6 matches were played.

From 2006/07 to 2008/09, the Comets finished 6th in each season. In each of these seasons, all of the players were ACT Grade players or Ex-ACT players from interstate grade competitions. These were generally one to three players in total each season.

2009/10 to 2013/14 saw grade players from the Newcastle grade competition playing in the side. This has generally been the most successful time in the competition, finishing 3rd in 2009/10, 4th in 2012/13 and winning the competition in 2010/11. The percentage of grade players reached a maximum in 2013/14 where 94% of selections were ACT grade players.

From 2014/15 to 2017/18 saw a memorandum of understanding between Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT which ultimately saw the renaming of the Comets from ACT to ACT/NSW Country. This period saw no players from NSW Country grade competitions selected in the side and the number of selections with no background in Canberra cricket rising from 20% in 2015/16 to 51% in 2017/18. The percentage of selections from ACT grade cricket reached an all time low of 22% in 2017/18. When the memorandum of understanding came into effect in 2014/15, the percentage of selections from ACT grade cricket dropped from 94% in 2013/14 to 42% in 2014/15. In each of the seasons from 2014/15 to currently in 2017/18, the finishing position of the Comets has been last place.