History of the Tigers Cricket Club

History of the Tigers Cricket Club


Some time between 1897 and 1900, a team known as the Balmain Electorate Cricket Club was included in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition. They joined teams known as East Sydney, Paddington, Waverley, Glebe, South Sydney, Burwood, North Sydney, Redfern, Central Cumberland and Leichhardt.

The following period between 1900 and 1904, the team was re-named the Leichhardt-Balmain District Cricket Club, then from 1904 became known as the Balmain District Club.

During the 2001-2002 season, the Club entered into a partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, and became known as the UTS Balmain Cricket Club. The Club then took a new direction again in 2007/08 and joined with The Sydney Cricket Ground Trust as a partnership to form the Sydney Cricket Club.

In over 100 years of competition, the Club has won seven Club Championships, four First Grade Premierships and a number of lower grade premierships.

Cricket history is liberally sprinkled with players from Balmain who represented their State and Country with distinction. There is no doubt Balmain's most famous players are Archie Jackson and Arthur Mailey, but the list of international and state players to wear the Balmain colours is a star-studded list.

During the period spanning 1897 to 1946-47, Birchgrove Oval was the headquarters of the Club. It was then in 1947-48 that the Club moved to Drummoyne Oval. The most famous game ever played by Balmain was undoubtedly at Birchgrove Oval on March 18 and 25, 1933, when around 10,000 people attended each day to watch St George, featuring Don Bradman, clash with Arthur Mailey's Balmain side. The match ended in a draw – Balmain 394 – St George 7/358 (Bradman 134).

The highest First Grade run scorer of all time is opening batsman Greg Hayne who also heads the 'Most centuries for the Club' list.

The black and gold colours of Balmain have been synonymous with its famous Tiger logo, and as the locals say, there are only two kinds of people in this world ... those who were born in Balmain and those who wish they were!

Up the Tigers.

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