Queensland Premier Cricket
AdministratorQueensland Cricket
Format2 Day, 1 Day & T20
First edition1897/98
Tournament formatHome & Away
Number of teams12
Current championUniversity of Qld
Most successfulSouth Brisbane (21)
Toombul (21)

Queensland Premier Cricket is the top cricket competition played in Queensland, Australia. The competition was founded under the name Brisbane Electoral Cricket in 1897 and eventually came to be known as Brisbane Grade Cricket, but has since expanded to take in teams from Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Ipswich.

As of the 2019/20 season there were six grades in the Two-Day Bulls Masters competition.[1] In addition to the two-day Grade competition there is also a One-Day competition for the John McKnoulty Cup and a T20 competition for the Tom Veivers Trophy.[2] There is also a women's One-Day competition for the Katherine Raymont Shield contested by eight sides as of the 2020/21 season,[3] and a women's T20 competition under Queensland Premier Cricket.[4]

The University of Queensland are the reigning First Grade premiers,[5] Easts-Redlands are reigning One-Day premiers,[6] and Gold Coast are reigning T20 premiers.[7] The Peter Burge medal, voted for by umpires, is presented to the best and fairest First Grade cricketer in each season and the 2019/20 Medalist is Jason Floros.[8]

History

Early years: 1897 - 1915

The 1894-95 Queensland senior cricket season resulted in great dissatisfaction among cricketers and the public due to poor management of fixtures because more prominent clubs would monopolize cricket grounds and not allow smaller clubs to play regularly throughout the season.[9] As a result of this dissatisfaction in July 1895 a Queensland Cricket Association (Q.C.A.) meeting was held at which it was proposed that electorate cricket be established, which would mean disbanding the various clubs playing senior cricket in Queensland and replacing them with clubs organised by players residing within electorates.[10] The proposal was greeted with enthusiasm, as club cricket was seen as old fashioned, with electorate cricket being a superior way of fostering rivalry and generating local interest in the sport,[11] although an obstacle was securing cricket grounds in each electorate to accommodate a club.[10]

In April 1897 the National Cricket Union held a committee to submit proposals for an electorate cricket competition to be established in Brisbane in collaboration with the Q.C.A. for the 1897-98 season.[12][13] In May the Q.C.A. held a meeting to formally discuss an electorate competition and appoint a committee to determine electorate boundaries and residential qualifications, and after discussion the decision to form an electoral competition was carried unanimously.[14] In July 1897 the Q.C.A. decided to amalgamate with the National Cricket Union and rescinded its constitution, by-laws, and other rules and regulations, drafting new ones in keeping with electoral cricket with amendments suggests by the National body,[15] and began planning a campaign to form the electorate clubs.[16] In August the National Cricket Union pulled out of the amalgamation at the last minute, however the Q.C.A. pushed on forming subcommittees for each electorate to pursue forming clubs.[17]

In October 1897 the inaugural Brisbane electorate cricket season began with the following clubs competing: North Brisbane, South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Toombul, Toowong, and Woolloongabba.[18] Enoggera also formed a side but were unable to participate in the first season as they formed after fixtures had been scheduled, but the Queensland Cricket Association scheduled non-competition matches for the club to play.[19] The season was regarded as disappointing, with the standard of cricket being poor and attendance being low, although a large amount of rain affected games was cited as a potential reason for low engagement.[20]

In the 1898/99 season a Nundah club joined the competition and a Grammar School side began competing in the B Grade competition.[21] Enoggera was unable to join the competition in 1898/99 but did finally compete in the 1899/1900 season,[22] and in the 1900/01 season a Bundamba club joined the competition.[23] By the 1901/02 season the Enoggera Club had become a general sports club and did not compete in the competition,[24] and Nundah had merged with Toombul.[25]

In 1913 the Queensland Cricket Association reconstituted the competition redrawing the electorate club boundaries to accommodate the following clubs: North Brisbane, South Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Toowong, Valley, Toombul, Nundah, and University.[26] In 1915 the Q.C.A. suspended the competition due to the First World War,[27] although in what would have been the 1916-17 season the Association secretary did schedule a handful of friendly matches between sides.[28]

Recent events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the competition was suspended in 2020 however in September 2020 it became the first Australian state cricket competition to begin the 2020/21 season under Cricket Australia's Return to Play guidelines, which stipulated that the ball must be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe every forty minutes, that saliva could not be used to shine the ball, and that umpires could not hold bowlers hats during overs.[29] In January 2021 Greater Brisbane entered a three-day lockdown due to the virus and accordingly the competition was suspended for one week and Queensland Cricket announced it would "continue to monitor the situation closely."[30]

Women's cricket: 1997 to present

The Queensland Women's Premier Grade One-Day competition for the Katherine Raymont Shield was first held in the 1997/98 season. A women's second-grade One-Day competition for the Jodie Fields Shield was established in 2001/02 and a T20 competition was established in 2009/10.[31] Clubs with women's first-grade sides competing as of 2017 were Western Suburbs, University of Queensland, Valley, Gold Coast, and Sandgate-Redcliffe.[32]

Queensland women's cricket has expanded in recent years with Ipswich-Logan joining the first-grade competition in 2018/19, Wynnum-Manly and Redlands joining with a combined side in 2019/20, Sunshine Coast joining in 2020/21,[33] and South Brisbane aiming to field a women's side to join in the 2022/23 season as of 2021.[34]

Current teams

Club Date joined Grade Premierships One-Day Premierships T20 Premierships
Easts-Redlands District Cricket Club
1897/98
12
2
0
Gold Coast District Cricket Club
1990/91
2
2
2
Ipswich Logan Cricket Club
2012/13
0
0
0
Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club
1927/28
8
6
1
Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club
1961/62
5
3
3
South Brisbane District Cricket Club
1897/98
21
4
0
Sunshine Coast Cricket Club
1994/95
1
1
0
Toombul District Cricket Club
1897/98
21
2
0
University of Queensland Cricket Club
1912/13
14
14
6
Valley District Cricket Club
1897/98
11
6
3
Western Suburbs District Cricket Club
1921/22
14
3
0
Wynnum Manly District Cricket Club
1961/62
5
5
1

Defunct teams

Club First season Last season Grade Premierships
Beenleigh Logan Cutters
1994/95
2011/12
0
Bundamba Electorate Cricket Club
1900/01
????
0
Colts Cricket Club
????
????
4
Enoggera Electorate Cricket Club
1899/1900
1900/01
0
North Brisbane
1897/98
????
2
Nundah Electorate Cricket Club
1898/99
1901/02
0
Toowong Electorate Cricket Club
1897/98
????
1

Records

Batting records

Highest score

Score Player Team Season
311* Wade Townsend Toombul 2009/10
302 Ryan Le Loux Redlands 2007/08
300* Matthew Goggin Sandgate-Redcliffe 2002/03
285* Peter Clifford Toombul 1986/87
259 Chris Lynn Toombul 2015/16
258* Charles Morgan Valley 1904/05
243 Roy Levy Valley 1934/35
241 Ryan Broad Wynnum-Manly 2005/06
Source: [1]. Last updated: 2021.

Most runs in a season

Runs Player Team Season
1069 Cecil Thompson South Brisbane 1922/23
943 Aub Carrigan Northern Suburbs 1944/45
918 Aaron Nye Western Suburbs 2002/03
911 Jack Hutcheon Toowong 1908/09
903 Nick Kruger Valley 2005/06
882 Dom Michael Northern Suburbs 2012/13
875 Roger Hartigan Woolloongabba 1905/06
873 Ken Mackay Toombul 1948/49
Source: [2]. Last updated: 2021.

Highest season average

Average Runs Player Team Season
279.66 839 Cecil Thompson South Brisbane 1925/26
203.00 812 Robbie MacDonald Fortitude Valley 1898/99
145.50 873 Ken Mackay Toombul 1948/49
137.25 549 Cecil Thompson 549 1926/27
125.00 502 Chris Hartley University 2011/12
119.50 239 Don Tallon South Brisbane 1945/46
112.33 337 Ron Oxenham Toombul 1927/28
108.14 757 Sam Trimble Western Suburbs 1961/62
Source: [3]. Last updated: 2021.

Bowling records

Best bowling

Bowling Player Team Season
10/13 Sandy Morgan University 1967/68
10/14 Gil Hardcastle Toombul 1934/35
10/16 Charles Barstow Toombul 1920/21
10/18 Joe Dawes Valley 1998/99
10/26 D. Little University 1964/65
10/27 F. Speare Western Suburbs 1963/64
10/30 Charles Barstow South Brisbane 1909/10
10/32 Ron Oxenham Toombul 1929/30
Source: [4]. Last updated: 2021.

Most wickets in a season

Wickets Player Team Season
107 Chilla Christ Western Suburbs 1942/43
101 Charles Barstow Toombul-Windsor 1913/14
100 Michael McCaffrey Western Suburbs 1904/05
87 Charles Barstow Toombul-Windsor 1914/15
86 Charles Barstow Toombul-Windsor 1906/07
86 Percy Hornibrook Toombul 1922/23
86 J. Lincoln Eastern Suburbs 1943/44
84 William Hayes South Brisbane 1905/06
Source: [5]. Last updated: 2021.

Best season bowling average

Average Wickets Player Team Season
5.29 54 Thomas Byrne Woolloongabba 1898/99
5.81 73 John McLaren Fortitude Valley 1910/11
5.95 46 Ron Oxenham Toombul 1934/35
6.10 39 Charles Barstow South Brisbane 1912/13
6.50 ?? John McLaren Fortitude Valley 1918/19
6.68 54 Ron Oxenham Toombul 1929/30
6.69 52 Ron Oxenham Toombul 1924/25
7.00 25 James Cockburn Colts 1936/37
Source: [6]. Last updated: 2021.

Premierships

Season First Grade One-Day T20
1897/98 Woolloongabba
1898/99 North Brisbane
1899/1900 Woolloongabba
1900/01 South Brisbane
1901/02 Fortitude Valley
1902/03 Toowong
1903/04 South Brisbane
1904/05 Toombul
1905/06 Woolloongabba
1906/07 South Brisbane
1907/08 South Brisbane
1908/09 South Brisbane
1909/10 South Brisbane
1910/11 Woolloongabba
1911/12 Toombul-Windsor
1912/13 South Brisbane
1913/14 Toombul-Windsor
1914/15 Fortitude Valley
1915/16
1916/17
1917/18
1918/19 Fortitude Valley
1919/20 Fortitude Valley
1920/21 Toombul-Windsor
1921/22 Toombul
1922/23 Toombul
1923/24 Wests
1924/25 Toombul
1925/26 Toombul
1926/27 Toombul
1927/28 Toombul
1928/29 Fortitude Valley
1929/30 Toombul
1930/31 Fortitude Valley
1931/32 Wests
1932/33 Toombul
1933/34 Norths
1934/35 Toombul
1935/36 South Brisbane
1936/37 Wests
1937/38 Colts
1938/39 Easts
1939/40 South Brisbane
1940/41 University
1941/42 Toombul
1942/43 Wests
1943/44 Easts
1944/45 Wests
1945/46 Toombul
1946/47 Toombul
1947/48 Wests
1948/49 Wests
1949/50 Colts
1950/51 Colts
1951/52 Easts
1952/53 Toombul
1953/54 Easts
1954/55 Toombul
1955/56 Norths
1956/57 Easts
1957/58 Wests
1958/59 Wests
1959/60 University
1960/61 Wests
1961/62 South Brisbane
1962/63 South Brisbane
1963/64 South Brisbane
1964/65 University
1965/66 Colts
1966/67 South Brisbane
1967/68 University
1968/69 South Brisbane
1969/70 University
1970/71 Norths
1971/72 Norths
1972/73 Norths Valley
1973/74 University Valley
1974/75 Valley Wynnum-Manly
1975/76 University Sandgate-Redcliffe
1976/77 South Brisbane Wynnum-Manly
1977/78 South Brisbane Norths
1978/79 Norths Wynnum-Manly
1979/80 Easts South Brisbane
1980/81 Wynnum-Manly -
1981/82 Wynnum-Manly Norths
1982/83 Wynnum-Manly South Brisbane
1983/84 South Brisbane Norths
1984/85 Valley Norths
1985/86 South Brisbane South Brisbane
1986/87 Norths Valley
1987/88 Wests University
1988/89 South Brisbane Wests
1989/90 Easts South Brisbane
1990/91 South Brisbane Sandgate-Redcliffe
1991/92 Toombul University
1992/93 University Gold Coast
1993/94 Toombul University
1994/95 Valley University
1995/96 Wynnum-Manly Sunshine Coast
1996/97 Valley Valley
1997/98 Sandgate-Redcliffe Toombul
1998/99 Sandgate-Redcliffe East-Redlands
1999/2000 Sandgate-Redcliffe Wynnum-Manly
2000/01 South Brisbane Valley
2001/02 Sandgate-Redcliffe Norths
2002/03 Gold Coast University
2003/04 Sandgate-Redcliffe University
2004/05 Wests Norths
2005/06 Sunshine Coast Wests University
2006/07 University University Norths
2007/08 Wests University University
2008/09 Gold Coast University Wynnum-Manly
2009/10 Toombul Gold Coast Gold Coast
2010/11 Wynnum-Manly University University
2011/12 University University University
2012/13 Toombul Toombul Valley
2013/14 Valley University Valley
2014/15 University Wynnum-Manly University
2015/16 East-Redlands University Sandgate-Redcliffe
2016/17 Wests University Sandgate-Redcliffe
2017/18 Norths[35] Sandgate-Redcliffe Sandgate-Redcliffe
2018/19 University[36] Valley[37] Valley
2019/20 University[38] Wests[39] University
2020/21 University East-Redlands Gold Coast[40]
Source: [7]. Last updated: 2017.

See also

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