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McDonald's Sydney Grade Cricket

A breeding ground for future NSW and Australian representatives, the McDonald's Sydney Grade competition is regarded as the strongest in Australia.


The McDonald’s Sydney Grade competition is regarded as the strongest club competitions in Australia, if not the world.

For over 120 years the competition has been a testing ground for future NSW and Australian representatives, from Victor Trumper, Don Bradman, Bill O’Reilly  and Richie Benaud through to Steve and Mark Waugh, Michael Clarke, Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith. 

There are 20 clubs in the McDonald’s Sydney Grade competition with each competing in First Grade through to Fifth Grade, as well as the Poidevin-Gray Shield (U/21) and AW Green Shield (U/16). 

Each summer, First Grade teams play for the Belvidere Cup. 

The preliminary rounds for this competition consist of Two Day and One Day matches. The Qualifying and Semi Finals are played as Two Day matches, with the Grand Final played over three days. 

First Grade also plays for the First Grade Limited Overs Cup, which consists of four rounds plus Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and a Grand Final. 

The Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup

The Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup is contested by the 20 Sydney Grade clubs, as well as teams representing Illawarra, Newcastle, the ACT and Central Coast. 

This competition is also used by the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder to identify talent for their BBL and Supplementary squads. 

Teams are divided into a Sixers Conference and a Thunder Conference. Each team plays four  preliminary round matches with the top four teams in each conference playing Semi Finals, followed by a Conference Final. 

The winner of the Sixers conference then plays the winner of the Thunder conference for the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup. 

This competition does not have First Grade status. 

Click here to find out more about the McDonald’s Sydney Grade competition and the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup, including contact details for clubs, scorecards, draws and statistics.