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Australian Domestic Cricket: Sheffield Shield, One-Day Cup, WNCL

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There are five main competitions which make up the top tier of Australian domestic cricket: three men’s comps (the Sheffield Shield, one-day cup, and Big Bash League) and the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and Women’s Big Bash League.

For fixtures and other details on the two T20 competitions, head over to our Big Bash and Women’s Big Bash pages.

Otherwise, all the info you need to know about the Sheffield Shield, One-Day Cup and WNCL can be found below.

Sheffield Shield

The Sheffield Shield is the premier first-class competition in the world.

The first four rounds of the 2020-21 season have been announced with matches all to be played in South Australia to allow players to stay in a biosecure bubble and to follow COVID protocols.

If the TV rights are the same as last season, the final will be the only match on TV and it will be broadcast via Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports. The rest of the matches will be live-streamed on cricket.com.au.

Sheffield Shield 2020-21 fixtures

Sheffield Shield
Date Fixture Venue Time
Sat, Oct 10 Western Australia vs South Australia Karen Rolton Oval 10:30am
Sat, Oct 10 Tasmania vs Queensland Park 25 10:30am
Mon, Oct 19 South Australia vs Tasmania Karen Rolton Oval 10:30am
Mon, Oct 19 New South Wales vs Western Australia Park 25 10:30am
Fri, Oct 30 South Australia vs Victoria ACH Group Stadium 10:30am
Fri, Oct 30 Western Australia vs Tasmania Gladys Elphick Park 10:30am
Fri, Oct 30 New South Wales vs Queensland Karen Rolton Oval 11am
Sun, Nov 8 South Australia vs Queensland ACH Group Stadium 10:30am
Sun, Nov 8 Tasmania vs New South Wales Gladys Elphic Park 10:30am
Sun, Nov 8 Victoria vs Western Australia Karen Rolton Oval 11am
Fri Feb 12 Queensland vs Victoria The Gabba 11am
Fri Feb 19 New South Wales vs Western Australia SCG 10:30am
Sun Feb 21 Victoria vs Tasmania MCG 10:30am
Sun Feb 21 Queensland vs South Australia The Gabba 11am
Mon Mar 1 Tasmania vs Western Australia Blundstone Arena 10:30am
Mon Mar 1 South Australia vs New South Wales Adelaide Oval 11am
Tue Mar 2 Victoria vs Queensland MCG 10:30am
Wed Mar 10 Tasmania vs South Australia Blundstone Arena 10:30am
Thu Mar 11 New South Wales vs Victoria TBC 10:30am
Thu Mar 11 Western Australia vs Queensland WACA Ground 1:30pm
Sat Mar 20 Tasmania vs Victoria Blundstone Arena 10:30am
Sat Mar 20 Queensland vs New South Wales Allan Border Field 11am
Thu Mar 25 Western Australia vs South Australia WACA Ground 1:30pm
Sun Mar 28 Victoria vs New South Wales CitiPower Centre 10:30am
Tue Apr 6 New South Wales vs South Australia CitiPower Centre 10am
Tue Apr 6 Tasmania vs Queensland Blundstone Arena 10am
Tue Apr 6 Western Australia vs Victoria WACA Ground 12pm
Thu Apr 15 Final TBC 10am
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One-Day Cup

The fixtures for the 2021 One-Day Cup have been released.

One-Day Cup
Date Fixture Venue Time
Tue Feb 16 Tasmania vs Western Australia CitiPower Centre 10am
Thu Feb 18 Victoria vs Tasmania CitiPower Centre 10am
Fri Feb 24 New South Wales vs Western Australia North Sydney Oval 2pm
Sun Feb 26 Queensland vs South Australia The Gabba 11am
Sat Mar 6 South Australia vs New South Wales Adelaide Oval 2:30pm
Sun Mar 7 Victoria vs Queensland MCG 10am
Mon Mar 15 Tasmania vs South Australia Blundstone Arena 10am
Tue Mar 16 New South Wales vs Victoria North Sydney Oval 2pm
Thu Mar 25 Queensland vs New South Wales Allan Border Field 10:30am
Tue Mar 30 Western Australia vs South Australia WACA Ground 12:30pm
Sun Apr 4 Tasmania vs Queensland Blundstone Arena 10am
Sun Apr 4 Western Australia vs Victoria WACA Ground 11:30am
Thu Apr 22 New South Wales vs Tasmania Bankstown Oval 9:30am
Thu Apr 22 Queensland vs Western Australia Allan Border Field 9:30am
Thu Apr 22 South Australia vs Victoria Karen Rolton Oval 9:30am
Sat Apr 24 New South Wales vs Tasmania Bankstown Oval 9:30am
Sat Apr 24 Queensland vs Western Australia Allan Border Field 9:30am
Sat Apr 24 South Australia vs Victoria Karen Rolton Oval 9:30am
Tue Apr 27 Tasmania vs South Australia Blundstone Arena 9:30am
Tue Apr 27 Victoria vs Queensland CitiPower Centre 9:30am
Tue Apr 27 Western Australia vs New South Wales WACA Ground 9:30am
Fri Apr 30 Final TBC 9:30am

Cricket.com and Fox Cricket usually share the broadcasting duties for the tournament; nine games streamed via the CA website and the remainder on Fox and Kayo.

Women’s National Cricket League

While lacking the profile of the WBBL, the WNCL is the premier women’s one-day cricket competition in Australia. It’s also the longest form of cricket where domestic players are professionalised, with no women’s first-class competition available. The 2021 fixtures have been released.

WNCL
Date Fixture Venue Time
Mon Jan 25 SA Scorpions vs Tasmania Tigers Karen Rolton Oval 10:30am
Wed Jan 27 Victoria vs NSW Breakers CitiPower Centre 10am
Wed Jan 27 Tasmania Tigers vs ACT Meteors Karen Rolton Oval 10:30am
Wed Jan 27 Queensland Fire vs Western Australia Allan Border Field 11am
Fri Jan 29 Victoria vs NSW Breakers CitiPower Centre 10am
Fri Jan 29 SA Scorpions vs ACT Meteors Karen Rolton Oval 10:30am
Fri Jan 29 Queensland Fire vs Western Australia Allan Border Field 11am
Fri Feb 19 Tasmania Tigers vs Western Australia Blundstone Arena 10am
Sun Feb 21 Queensland Fire vs SA Scorpions Harry Trott Oval 10am
Sun Feb 21 Victoria vs ACT Meteors CitiPower Centre 10am
Sun Feb 21 NSW Breakers vs Western Australia Blundstone Arena 10am
Tue Feb 23 Tasmania Tigers vs NSW Breakers Blundstone Arena 10am
Tue Feb 23 Victoria vs SA Scorpions CitiPower Centre 10am
Tue Feb 23 Queensland Fire vs ACT Meteors Harry Trott Oval 10am
Sun Feb 28 Tasmania Tigers vs Victoria Blundstone Arena 10am
Sun Feb 28 SA Scorpions vs NSW Breakers Karen Rolton Oval 10:30am
Sun Feb 28 Western Australia vs ACT Meteors WACA Ground 5pm
Wed Mar 3 Western Australia vs SA Scorpions WACA Ground 1pm
Fri Mar 5 Victoria vs Queensland Fire CitiPower Centre 10am
Sun Mar 7 ACT Meteors vs NSW Breakers EPC Solar Park 10am
Sun Mar 7 Tasmania Tigers vs Queensland Fire Blundstone Arena 10am
Wed Mar 17 ACT Meteors vs Tasmania Tigers EPC Solar Park 10am
Thu Mar 18 Western Australia vs Victoria WACA Ground 1pm
Fri Mar 19 Tasmania Tigers vs SA Scorpions EPC Solar Park 10am
Fri Mar 19 NSW Breakers vs Queensland Fire North Sydney Oval 10am
Sat Mar 20 Western Australia vs Victoria WACA Ground 1pm
Sun Mar 21 ACT Meteors vs SA Scorpions EPC Solar Park 10am
Sun Mar 21 NSW Breakers vs Queensland Fire North Sydney Oval 10am
Sat Mar 27 Final TBC 10am

The 2019-20 WNCL was the longest season to date, with each side playing eight matches instead of the six in previous years. The season ran from September 21, 2019, to the final on February 16, 2020 – which was won by Western Australia.

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Sheffield Shield history
The Sheffield Shield began with just three teams – New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia – from 1892 to 1926. Queensland were added in 1926, with Western Australia not added until 1947. Tasmania were the final team to join in 1977 while the Sheffield Shield final didn’t come into existence until the 1982-83 season.

From 2018-19, the draw was eradicated as a possible result to decide the premiership, with bonus points brought into the match itself, rather than simply handing the premiership to the minor premiers, so long as the match consisted of more than 270 overs.

Here is a full list of final results from the ’83 season onwards.

Year Champion Runner-up MarginFinal venue Minor premiers
2019-20 New South Wales No final, season cut short due to COVID pandemic
2018-19 Victoria New South Wales 177 runs Junction Oval Victoria
2017-18 Queensland Tasmania 9 wickets Allan Border Field Queensland
2016-17 Victoria South Australia Draw Traeger Park Victoria
2015-16 Victoria South Australia 7 wickets Glenelg Oval South Australia
2014-15 Victoria Western Australia Draw Bellerive Oval Victoria
2013-14 New South Wales Western Australia Draw Manuka Oval New South Wales
2012-13 Tasmania Queensland Draw Bellerive Oval Tasmania
2011-12 Queensland Tasmania 3 wickets Gabba Queensland
2010-11 New South Wales Tasmania 7 wickets Bellerive Oval Tasmania
2009-10 Victoria Queensland 457 runs MCG Victoria
2008-09 Victoria Queensland Draw Junction Oval Victoria
2007-08 New South Wales Victoria 258 runs SCG New South Wales
2006-07 Tasmania New South Wales 421 runs Bellerive Oval Tasmania
2005-06 Queensland Victoria An innings and 354 runs Gabba Queensland
2004-05 New South Wales Queensland 1 wicket Gabba Queensland
2003-04 Victoria Queensland 321 runs MCG Victoria
2002-03 Queensland New South Wales 246 runs Gabba Queensland
2001-02 Queensland Tasmania 235 runs Gabba Queensland
2000-01 Queensland Victoria 4 wickets Gabba Queensland
1999-2000 Queensland Victoria Draw Gabba Queensland
1998-99 Western Australia Queensland An innings and 31 runs Gabba Queensland
1997-98 Western Australia Tasmania 7 wickets WACA Western Australia
1996-97 Queensland Western Australia 160 runs WACA Western Australia
1995-96 South Australia Western Australia Draw Adelaide Oval South Australia
1994-95 Queensland South Australia Innings and 101 runs Gabba Queensland
1993-94 New South Wales Tasmania Innings and 61 runs SCG New South Wales
1992-93 New South Wales Queensland 8 wickets SCG New South Wales
1991-92 Western Australia New South Wales 44 runs WACA Western Australia
1990-91 Victoria New South Wales 8 wickets MCG Victoria
1989-90 New South Wales Queensland 345 runs SCG New South Wales
1988-89 Western Australia South Australia Draw WACA Western Australia
1987-88 Western Australia Queensland Draw WACA Western Australia
1986-87 Western Australia Victoria Draw WACA Western Australia
1985-86 New South Wales Queensland Draw SCG New South Wales
1984-85 New South Wales Queensland 1 wicket SCG New South Wales
1983-84 Western Australia Queensland 4 wickets WACA Western Australia
1982-83 New South Wales Western Australia 54 runs WACA Western Australia

One-day cup history
The one-day cup began in 1969-70 with a seven-team knockout. One team from each state and a team from New Zealand who were invited to participate.

New Zealand would remain in the competition until 1975-76 having won three editions, before being left out. A round-robin and final was brought in as the new tournament structure from 1979-80.

In 2013-14, the tournament moved into a carnival format with all matches played at the start of the summer in New South Wales. That has since been expanded to include games in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Here are a list of premiers before the round-robin and final tournament was added.

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1969-70: New Zealand
1970-71: Western Australia
1971-72: Victoria
1972-73: New Zealand
1973-74: Western Australia
1974-75: New Zealand
1975-76: Queensland
1976-77: Western Australia
1977-78: Western Australia
1978-79: Tasmania

Since the final was added, these are the premiers and tournament information.

Year Champion Runner-up Margin Final venue Minor premiers
2019-20 Western Australia Queensland 4 wickets Allan Border Field Queensland
2018-19 Victoria Tasmania 110 runs Junction Oval Western Australia
2017-18 Western Australia South Australia 6 wickets Bellerive Oval Western Australia
2016-17 Queensland New South Wales 6 wickets North Sydney Oval Queensland
2015-16 New South Wales South Australia 9 wickets North Sydney Oval New South Wales
2014-15 Western Australia New South Wales 64 runs SCG Western Australia
2013-14 Queensland New South Wales 5 wickets North Sydney Oval Queensland
2012-13 Queensland Victoria 2 runs MCG Victoria
2011-12 South Australia Tasmania Tie Adelaide Oval South Australia
2010-11 Victoria Tasmania 84 runs MCG Victoria
2009-10 Tasmania Victoria 110 runs MCG Victoria
2008-09 Queensland Victoria 12 runs MCG Victoria
2007-08 Tasmania Victoria 1 wicket Bellerive Oval Tasmania
2006-07 Queensland Victoria 21 runs MCG Victoria
2005-06 New South Wales South Australia 1 wicket Adelaide Oval South Australia
2004-05 Tasmania Queensland 7 wickets Gabba Queensland
2003-04 Western Australia Queensland 4 wickets Gabba Queensland
2002-03 New South Wales Western Australia 7 wickets WACA Western Australia
2001-02 New South Wales Queensland 19 runs Gabba Queensland
2000-01 New South Wales Western Australia 6 wickets WACA Western Australia
1999-2000 Western Australia Queensland 45 runs WACA Western Australia
1998-99 Victoria New South Wales 39 runs MCG Victoria
1997-98 Queensland New South Wales 2 wickets SCG New South Wales
1996-97 Western Australia Queensland 8 wickets WACA Western Australia
1995-96 Queensland Western Australia 4 wickets Gabba Queensland
1994-95 Victoria South Australia 4 wickets MCG Victoria
1993-94 New South Wales Western Australia 43 runs SCG New South Wales
1992-93 New South Wales Victoria 4 wickets SCG N/A – pools
1991-92 New South Wales Western Australia 69 runs WACA N/A – pools
1990-91 Western Australia New South Wales 7 wickets WACA N/A – pools
1989-90 Western Australia South Australia 7 wickets WACA N/A – pools
1988-89 Queensland Victoria 163 runs MCG N/A – pools
1987-88 New South Wales South Australia 23 runs SCG N/A – pools
1986-87 South Australia Tasmania 86 runs TCA Ground N/A – pools
1985-86 Western Australia Victoria 19 runs MCG N/A – pools
1984-85 New South Wales South Australia 88 runs SCG N/A – pools
1983-84 South Australia Western Australia 8 runs Adelaide Oval N/A – pools
1982-83 Western Australia New South Wales 4 wickets WACA N/A – pools
1981-82 Queensland New South Wales 27 runs SCG N/A – pools
1980-81 Queensland Western Australia 72 runs WACA N/A – pools
1979-80 Victoria New South Wales 4 wickets MCG N/A – pools

Big Bash history
The Big Bash has always been run as an eight-team competition, with semi-finals and a final at the end.

Year Champion Runner-up Margin Final venue Minor premiers
2019-20 Sydney Sixers Melbourne Stars 19 runs SCG Melbourne Stars
2018-19 Melbourne Renegades Melbourne Stars 13 runs Marvel Stadium Hobart Hurricanes
2017-18 Adelaide Strikers Hobart Hurricanes 25 runs Adelaide Oval Perth Scorchers
2016-17 Perth Scorchers Sydney Sixers 9 wickets WACA Perth Scorchers
2015-16 Sydney Thunder Melbourne Stars 3 wickets MCG Adelaide Strikers
2014-15 Perth Scorchers Sydney Sixers 4 wickets Manuka Oval Adelaide Strikers
2013-14 Perth Scorchers Hobart Hurricanes 39 runs WACA Melbourne Stars
2012-13 Brisbane Heat Perth Scorchers 34 runs WACA Melbourne Renegades
2011-12 Sydney Sixers Perth Scorchers 7 wickets WACA Perth Scorchers

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