McDonald's NSW Premier Cricket
A breeding ground for future NSW and Australian representatives, McDonald's NSW Premier Cricket competition is regarded as the strongest in Australia.
For over 125 years NSW Premier Cricket 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, Glenn McGrath, Michael Clarke, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and Steve Smith.
There are 20 clubs in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket 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 five 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 NSW Premier Cricket clubs.
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 six 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.
$18,000 in prize money is up for grabs courtesy of competition sponsor Kingsgrove Sports, with the Champions collecting $12,000, Runner-up $4,000 while the Conference Runners-up will take home $1,000 each. There is a big incentive on offer again this season with the winner of each Conference Final earning an invitation to represent NSW Premier Cricket at the Fox Cricket National Premier T20 Championships held in Adelaide from 3-5 March. The NPT20 Championships will bring together the best Premier clubs from around the country.
This competition has First Grade status and points gained count towards the club championship.