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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.

Clinical Victoria prove too strong for NSW

Victoria wrapped up their 32nd Sheffield Shield title, clinching the title within four days as they cruised to a 177-run victory over New South Wales at Junction ...

Day two highlights: Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield Final

Matthew Wade shines with 92 as one of four Tigers to pass 50 on a hard-fought day in the JLT Sheffield Shield final at Allan Border Field.

Pacemen put Vics on top in Shield final

Peter Siddle and James Pattinson take eight wickets between them to put Victoria in total control of the JLT Sheffield Shield final against NSW at Junction Oval.

Harris fires, NSW toil in Shield final

A century to Marcus Harris and a spirited bowling performance from NSW has left the JLT Sheffield Shield final delicately poised.

NSW face record chase as Vics push on

Will Pucovski led the way with a half-century as Victoria pushed their lead towards 400 on day three of the JLT Sheffield Shield final.

Glenn Maxwell's epic Shield knock ends on 278

Nine minutes of ultimate Glenn Maxwell! Enjoy the full innings highlights of an epic JLT Sheffield Shield knock from the Victorian batsman at North Sydney Oval.