Cricket Sheffield Shield

SHEFFIELD SHIELD

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.


PREVIOUS SHEFFIELD SHIELD WINNERS


YEAR WINNER RUNNER UP SCORE
2014/2015 VICTORIA WESTERN AUSTRALIA DRAW
2013/2014 NEW SOUTH WALES WESTERN AUSTRALIA DRAW
2012/2013 TASMANIA QUEENSLAND 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
2008/2009 VICTORIA QUEENSLAND DRAW
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.


PREVIOUS PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS


YEAR WINNER TEAM
2014/2015 ADAM VOGES WESTERN AUSTRALIA
2013/2014 MARCUS NORTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA
2012/2013 RICKY PONTING TASMANIA
2011/2012 JACKSON BIRD TASMANIA
2010/2011 JAMES HOPES QUEENSLAND
2009/2010 CHRIS HARTLEY QUEENSLAND
2008/2009 PHILLIP HUGHES NEW SOUTH WALES
2007/2008 SIMON KATICH NEW SOUTH WALES