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The Sheffield Shield is the domestic first-class cricket competition of Australia. The tournament is contested between teams from the six states of Australia. Prior to the Shield being established, a number of intercolonial matches were played. The Shield, donated by Lord Sheffield, was first contested during the 1892–93 season, between New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Queensland was admitted for the 1926–27 season, Western Australia for the 1947–48 season and Tasmania for the 1977–78 season.

Sheffield Shield
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Countries  Australia
Administrator Cricket Australia
Format first-class
First tournament 1892–93
Next tournament 2016–17
Tournament format Double round-robin, then final
Number of teams 6
Current champion  Victoria (30th title)
Most successful  New South Wales (46 titles)
Most runs Darren Lehmann (South Australia and Victoria)
12,971 runs
Most wickets Clarrie Grimmett (Victoria and South Australia)
513 wickets
TV Cricket Australia TV
Website Cricket Australia
2016–17 Sheffield Shield season

The Sheffield Shield is the domestic first-class cricket competition of Australia. The tournament is contested between teams from the six states of Australia. Prior to the Shield being established, a number of intercolonial matches were played. The Shield, donated by Lord Sheffield, was first contested during the 1892–93 season, between New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Queensland was admitted for the 1926–27 season, Western Australia for the 1947–48 season and Tasmania for the 1977–78 season.

The competition is contested in a double-round robin format, with each team playing every other team in two home-and-away matches. Points are awarded based on wins, losses, draws and ties, with the top two teams playing a final at the end of the season. Regular matches last for four days; the final lasts for five days. New South Wales have won the most titles, with 46 overall. The current champions are Victoria.