Established in 1892/93, the Sheffield Shield
is the premier domestic first class cricket
competition in Australia
Held annually, each of the six state
teams plays a double round-robin series of home and away 4-day matches against every other team. Points are awarded for each match and the top two teams play a 5-day final.
The final is played at the home ground of the team that finished on top of the table at the end of the regular season matches. If the final is drawn or tied, the top-ranked team wins the Shield.
A separate limited overs competition
known as the Ryobi One Day Cup
, and a Twenty20
competition known as the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash
both run concurrently.
In 1891–92 the Earl of Sheffield
was in Australia as the promoter of the English team led by W. G. Grace
. The tour included three Tests
played in Melbourne
, Sydney and Adelaide
At the conclusion of the tour, Lord Sheffield donated £150 to the New South Wales Cricket Association
to fund a trophy for an annual tournament of intercolonial cricket in Australia
. The three colonies of New South Wales
and South Australia
were already playing each other in ad hoc matches
. The new tournament commenced in the summer of 1892/93, mandating home and away fixtures between each colony each season. The three teams competed for the Sheffield Shield, named after its benefactor. A Polish immigrant, Phillip Blashki
, won the competition to design... Read More