The Sheffield Shield is a premier domestic cricket competition in Australia. First established in 1892, it features every state in Australia, with the victor walking away with the coveted Shield. The Sheffield Shield was donated by Henry Holroyd, 3rd Earl of Sheffield, in 1891.
While Victoria and Queensland have dominated the competition in recent years, New South Wales has claimed the most Shields, taking home the prize 45 times. Tasmania has the least titles, having won the Sheffield Shield on just three occasions.
The competition generally features the best cricketers from around the country in a double round robin format, in which each team plays each other in home and away matches. At the end of the regular season, the top two teams battle out a final, which the top-placed side hosts. Regular season matches last four days, while the final is stretched to five, the same as tests. In the regular season, points are awarded according to wins, losses, draws and ties. Extra points (bonus points) are earned for exceptional batting and bowling. In the final series, if the result is a draw, the team that finished first wins the Shield, given they finished with more points.
|2013/2014||NEW SOUTH WALES||WESTERN AUSTRALIA||DRAW|
|2011/2012||QUEENSLAND||TASMANIA||QLD WON BY 3 WICKETS|
|2010/2011||TASMANIA||NEW SOUTH WALES||TAS WON BY 7 WICKETS|
|2009/2010||VICTORIA||QUEENSLAND||VIC WON BY 457 RUNS|
|2007/2008||NEW SOUTH WALES||VICTORIA||NSW WON BY 258 RUNS|
Like in every professional sport in Australia, the best player in the regular season is presented with an award. The Sheffield Shield Player of the Year award has been won by many great names in the past, from Ian Chappell to Allan Border, Ricky Ponting and the late Phillip Hughes. No one has won more Player of the Year awards than Matthew Elliott, who was successful three times.
|2014/2015||ADAM VOGES||WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|2013/2014||MARCUS NORTH||WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|2008/2009||PHILLIP HUGHES||NEW SOUTH WALES|
|2007/2008||SIMON KATICH||NEW SOUTH WALES|