Sheffield Shield is a first-class cricket competition which takes place domestically in Australia. The competition was first held in the year 1892-93 and comprised of only three teams New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
Six states of Australia participate in the present Sheffield Shield seasons. New South Wales named as NSW Blues, Queensland as Queensland Bulls, South Australia as West End Redbacks,Tasmania as Tigers, Victoria as Victorian Bushrangers and Western Australia as Western Warriors.
Sheffield Shield has been hailed by some of the best players in cricketing history like batsman Matthew Elliott who has won the Player of the Year award on three occasions which is the most by any player. Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell, Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting are also some of the legends to participate in this tournament.
The 2018-19 Season
The 2018-19 Sheffield Shield will start from 16 October 2018 and end on 1 April 2019. This will be the first season to host only day time fixtures and no day/night fixtures will be played throughout its course.
The tournament is based on double round-robin and final. Each team faces each other twice, with one home and one away game. After the 10 home and away rounds are over, the team which has the maximum points plays at home against the second ranked team in the finals. The title is usually given to the top ranked team even if they tie the match based on the points.
The 2017-18 edition of the Sheffield Shield finals was played between Queensland Bulls who were top on the table and Tigers who beat Victoria to advance in the finals.
Queensland defeated Tasmania in the finals by the margin of 9 wickets and claimed their eighth title.