History

Why was the SCG XI established?

Formed in 2007/08 after a partnership between the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and Balmain Cricket Club, the SCG XI merges the world famous history of the Sydney Cricket Ground with a proud and successful grade cricket club. The SCG XI provides members with opportunities to take part in cricket in a way that they have previously been exposed to. Matches will give the everyday cricket lover the chance to play alongside former First Class and international cricketers, tour to different places in the world and enjoy playing overseas, and listening to and meeting famous cricketing identities.

 

Mission

The SCG XI is a cricket team that provides a full suite of exclusive cricket experiences for Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Members to enjoy. 'It's your Cricket Team'.

 

Vision

The SCG XI will grow to become an internationally recognised cricket entity that will acquire equal or greater recognition than the Marylebone and Melbourne Cricket Club. It will do this by providing members with the opportunity to be involved in 'out' matches, tours and attending events that make the SCG XI experience exceptional and rewarding. The SCG XI will be an activity that all cricket lovers will want to become a part of.

 

Objectives

  1. Provide Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Members with the opportunity to join a cricket team that offers the opportunity to participate in cricket activities, both on and off the field

  2. Provide current and former First Class cricketers with the opportunity to join a team that offers a range of cricket activities, both on and off the field

  3. Organise a range of friendly yet competitive fixtures for all Members to enjoy on an annual basis (to be played on Sydney's best grounds)

4.     Organise domestic and international tours for Members to enjoy the experience of playing cricket in a new and foreign environment

5.     Organise unique and exclusive social events for all Members to enjoy

6.     Promote the Sydney Tigers Cricket Club in a positive and dynamic fashion while helping to recruit new players and off field staff and supporters

 

What is the SCG XI?

  • It is in essence our slogan - i.e. being a Member of the SCG XI helps Members of the SCGT live their cricket dreams, yet it is so much more.
  • It offers an opportunity to foster and promote cricket
  • It allows Members to connect and link with other like minded clubs across Australia and the world such as HKCC, MCC, Melbourne CC and the CCI.
  • It promotes fellowship amongst SCGT Members who make solid friendships with other Members through playing, touring and events.
  • It's a vehicle to create and stage special events in the name of cricket for all those who love the game. The dinner in the Long Room at Lord's and our reciprocal dinner for the MCC this last January in the Members Pavilion were two such memorable events. 
  • It's a feeling of belonging to the SCG - to quote one SCG XI Member - it gives his SCG Membership soul

 

SCG XI Vision

  • To provide a unique offering to our Members....the chance to live their cricket dreams
  • To continue to grow the SCG XI into a relevant and vibrant organisation
  • To provide a varied comprehensive fixture list with games of all standards for our Members
  • To offer sought after exclusive events for non playing SCG XI Members
  • To make Membership of the SCG XI a desirable objective with a capped Membership and waiting list 
  • To nurture cricket at both ends of the age scale - the young developing cricketers and the older brigade and be able to offer them meaningful games
  • To make the black and gold colours of the SCG XI and our blazer easily recognisable in cricket circles
  • To tour regularly both domestically and internationally and in turn host the world's best cricket clubs at the SCG
  • To strengthen the relationship with CNSW and offer playing opportunities for cricketers who have played at a higher level (e.g.First Class).

 

Paddington District Cricket Club and the SCG XI

 

Victor Trumper   The Paddington District Cricket Club was founded in 1893-94 as one of six inaugral ‘electoral’ clubs in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition. It won 19 grade premierships, nine of them in First Grade. At the end of the 1964-65 season Paddington amalgamated with the Glebe-South Sydney DCC to form the Sydney Cricket Club which continued to compete in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition.In the 1965-66 season a group of Paddington players led by former first grade wicket keeper and opening batsman David de Carvalho carried the Paddington flag and ethos into the City and Suburban Cricket Association.
Above: Victor Trumper at the SCG.    

That ethos is to honour the traditions of the game whilst providing the opportunity for its members The Paddington Club, now in its 119th year, continues to play in the City and Suburban Cricket Association.  Teams in the Sydney first grade competition initially played for the Horden Shield, donated by Samuel Hordern,who was also a long-time supporter and patron of the Paddington Club.  Paddington won the Shield outright after becoming the first team to win three First Grade premierships (1894-95, 1897-98 and 1900-01).  The trophy was later returned to the NSWCA.

Paddington played their home games at Hampden Park Oval, Edgecliff (renamed Trumper Oval in 1931) and at Rushcutters Bay Park.  In the early ‘borough’ competition days, a game between Paddington and Glebe at the Sydney Cricket Ground drew a crowd of some 4000 patrons.

In all Paddington produced nine Australian representatives - AC Bannerman, JM Gregory, HLST 'Stork' Hendry, JJ Kelly, AP Marr, CL McCool, AR Morris, MA Noble and the legendary VT Trumper.

The club also produced other high profile players, including famous scribe and cricket commentator, JHW (Jack) Fingleton who played 18 tests for Australia and, the voice of Australian cricket for almost 50 years, one AD (Alan) McGilvray MBE AM. 

The Paddington District Cricket Club has a close affinity with the SCG. Not only does the SCG lie within the original 'borough' of the Paddington Club but two of Paddington's finest, Monty Noble and Victor Trumper, have been honoured by the SCG Trust in naming grandstands after them.

Further, when Paddington and Glebe-South Sydney amalgamated in 1965 they formed the Sydney CC.  The Sydney CC subsequently disbanded in the early 1990s. However, in 2007/8 the UTS-Balmain Club joined in partnership with the SCG Trust to form the Sydney Cricket Club, adopting the name of the former grade club, and thereby also adopting a piece of the Paddington Club's history.

In December of 2008 the inaugural game of the SCG Trust XI was played against Paddington at Alan Davidson Oval.