Rolling the arm over at Lords or smacking one to the boundary at the Sydney Cricket Ground are fanciful thoughts that most cricket fans would give anything to achieve.
The SCG XI offers members of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust the opportunity to make these dreams a reality and is based on the models of the Marylebone and Melbourne Cricket Clubs offering social matches, joining domestic and international cricket tours, and attending exclusive events.
Launched in 2007, the SCG XI is the social playing arm of the Trust, welcoming all members to embrace and become part of the cricketing community.
Current and former ranks include first-class players Stuart Clark, Gavin Robertson, Neil Maxwell, Simon Katich, Dan Smith, Stuart MacGill and Dominic Thornely.
The SCG XI play locally, interstate and around the world in an effort to promote and develop our wonderful game. New members are always encouraged, with a position available for everyone from players to administrators or umpires.
Our games are social by nature but competitive by instinct.
The SCG XI Mantra
The SCG XI Mantra
- An SCG XI Member first and foremost loves the great game of cricket, as a player or spectator, and upholds its finest traditions.
- An SCG XI Member is committed to the SCG XI becoming one of the world’s great social cricket clubs and to leaving it in great shape for future generations.
- An SCG XI Member plays competitively but always within the laws and spirit of the game. Matches are social by nature but competitive by instinct.
- An SCG XI Member engages with fellow members, team mates and opposition, with respect, camaraderie and fellowship.
- An SCG XI Member embraces the opportunity to represent the Sydney Cricket Ground and play on its hallowed turf.
- An SCG XI Member tours with enthusiasm and pride, domestically and overseas, knowing they are representing the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust.
- An SCG XI Member is honoured to wear the black and gold of the SCG XI on and off the pitch.
- An SCG XI Member welcomes new members and their families.
- An SCG XI Member participates and supports wholeheartedly SCG XI fixtures, events and gatherings.
- An SCG XI Member takes on the responsibility of growing the game of cricket by playing matches in remote and unusual parts of the world.
- An SCG XI Member believes that cricket is much more than just a game.
The SCG XI will become an internationally recognised cricket entity.
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 be involved in and adhere to the following pursuits.
- Promote the Sydney Tigers Cricket Club in a positive and dynamic fashion while helping to recruit new players, off field staff and supporters.
- Provide a varied, comprehensive fixture list with games of all standards for our members
- Offer sought after exclusive events for non-playing SCG XI Members
- Make membership of the SCG XI a desirable objective with a capped membership and waiting list
- Nurture cricket for all ages - young developing cricketers and the older brigade and to offer them meaningful games
- Make the black and gold colours of the SCG XI blazer and tie easily recognisable in cricket circles
- Tour regularly both domestically and internationally and in turn host the world's best cricket clubs at the SCG
- Strengthen the relationship with CNSW and offer playing opportunities for cricketers who have played at a higher level.
Who can join?
Who can join?
Membership to the SCG XI is open to all Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Members and Sydney Cricket Club Members. Whether you are a currently playing the game elsewhere, looking for the occasional game, or just an enthusiast, the SCG XI is the team for you. Our matches are tailored to suit all standards and ability while we also encourage membership from people looking to umpire, score and manage.
Why would I join?
Why would I join?
The SCG XI provides members with opportunities to play against international touring sides and other local cricket teams alongside former First Class and international cricketers, on the best grounds in Sydney including the Sydney Cricket Ground and Drummoyne Oval.
Members can take part in tours and enjoy cricket in new environments, or attend exclusive functions. Playing for the SCG XI you can enjoy all the benefits of living out your dreams on the Sydney Cricket Ground, without the hours of training and preparation.
How much does it cost?
How much does it cost?
A yearly fee of $150 is the cost to become a playing Member of the SCG XI. Members receive a black and gold club tie and are eligible to take part in all SCG XI matches, tours and functions.
There is also a non playing membership available.
What do I have to do?
What do I have to do?
The job of an SCG XI member is an easy one.
No training, no media commitments - only playing, touring and attending social events.
After receiving your membership notification, you nominate your interest in matches, tours and social events. Then it's up to you to wash your whites and be at the ground on time.
How to join
Formed in 2007/08 after a partnership between the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and Balmain Cricket Club, the SCG XI brings together the world famous Sydney Cricket Ground and a proud and successful grade cricket club.
Members are offered the opportunity to foster and promote cricket whilst connecting with clubs across Australia and the world such as HKCC, MCC, Melbourne CC and the CCI.
Promoting fellowship amongst Trust members and creating friendships with other members through playing, touring and events is the core basis of the cricket club.
Used as a vehicle to create and stage special events for all those who love the game, some memorable events have included a dinner in the Long Room at Lord's and our reciprocal dinner for the MCC in the Members Pavilion.
The SCG XI offers a feeling of belonging to the SCG and to quote one SCG XI member…
‘It gives your SCG Membership soul’.
Paddington District Cricket Club and the SCG XI
The Paddington District Cricket Club was founded in 1893-94 as one of six inaugural ‘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.
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 Hordern 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 Trust in naming grandstands after them.
When Paddington and Glebe-South Sydney amalgamated in 1965 they formed the Sydney Cricket Club.
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 and won by the SCG XI.
Did you know?
- The team for the first SCG XI game was: Neil Maxwell (Captain), Russel Arnold, Tom Godfrey, Anthony Brooks, James Crostwaite, Matt Trodden, Andrew Downie, Ben Matthews, Markham Matthews, Craig Hawkins, Ackshay Nickale, Andrew Hoppett,
- The SCG XI defeated the Sydney Sixers in a trial match as the new lights were turned on for the very first time at Drummoyne Oval in front of a 5000 strong crowd. The SCG XI won by seven wickets in a T/20 match.
- Phil Waugh has played for the SCG XI
- Stuart MacGill has played for the SCG XI twice - against the Bradman XI (which then lead to him to play for the Sydney Sixers in the BBL) and against the MCC
- Alyssa Healy, Tim Gilbert, Jon Moss, Greg Mail, Dom Thornely and Dan Smith have all played for the SCG XI
- Simon Katich is our current Club Captain
- Corey Collymore has played for the SCG XI and despite his 30 Tests and 84 ODIs for the Wests Indies, had never played on the SCG until he played for the us in 2012.
- Robbie Deans has played for the SCG XI and was an exceptional schoolboy cricketer before forging a career in rugby. On his debut, he picked up the Man of the Match award when he played for the SCG XI in 2013.
- Chandika Hathurasingha has played for the SCG XI and scored a quick fire 35 off 25 balls when he played against the MCC in December 2012
- Brett Papworth was our Tour Captain in the UK in 2013
- Neil Maxwell was our Tour Captain in Hong Kong in 2014
- Stuart Clark has played for the SCG XI v MCC
- Richard Burton was our Tour Captain in UK in 2015
- David Yates was our Tour Captain in India in 2016
The SCG XI have had four International tours
- UK in 2009 – mini tour of 9 days
- UK in 2013 – three-week tour
- Hong Kong in 2014 – tour of 10 days
- India in 2016 - 12 days