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Ben Darvill 13 Mar 2024
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The Sheffield Shield (Getty Images)

The Sheffield Shield is one of the great competitions in cricket in both Australia and across the world. 

The competition currently sees New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia all battling for supremacy, but which side is the most successful?

Have Western Australia, who won the competition in 2022/23, won the most titles? Or has another state pipped them to top the charts?

Read on for our full list of the most successful sides in the history of the Sheffield Shield. 

1. New South Wales - 47 Titles 

Kurtis Patterson of the Blues (Getty Images)
Kurtis Patterson of the Blues (Getty Images)
New South Wales are undoubtedly the greatest team in the history of the competition. 47 titles is a mammoth total that has been built on the continued success of the side. NSW's first season in the competition came in the 1892/93 season, with their last title come in the 2019/20 campaign. It will take a long, long time for any side to get near the most prolific side in the history of the competition. 

2. Victoria - 32 Titles 

Peter Handscomb of the Bushrangers (Getty Images)
Peter Handscomb of the Bushrangers (Getty Images)
Victoria have been brilliant across the history of the competition, and they would be at the top of this list had it not been for the exploits of NSW. Also boasting a long history dating back to 1892 in the competition, Victoria's last title came in the 2018/19 season, with Victoria losing further ground on their rivals at the top. 

3. Western Australia - 17 Titles 

Mitchell Marsh of the Warriors (Getty Images)
Mitchell Marsh of the Warriors (Getty Images)
One of the newer teams in the tournament, Western Australia's first season in the competition came in 1947/48. Their 16 titles have come in double quick time and, if given enough time, could close the gap on those above them. With the 2022/23 title in their back pocket, WA will hope to continue their impressive run over the last few years. 

4. South Australia - 13 Titles 

Travis Head of the Redbacks (Getty Images)
Travis Head of the Redbacks (Getty Images)
Another of the originals in the competition, South Australia have been around since the 1892/93 season. However, they have struggled to win as consistently as the sides above them and are a long way behind NSW at the top. With their last title coming in the 1995/96 season, it has been a long time since SA have triumphed in the tournament. 

5. Queensland - 9 Titles

Usman Khawaja of Queensland (Getty Images)
Usman Khawaja of Queensland (Getty Images)
Queensland are one of the newer teams in the competition having been incepted in the 1926/27 campaign. Their nine titles means they are not at the bottom of the pile, but they are yet to crack double figures as far as triumphs go. Their last title came in the 2020/21 season, and they will hope they can build on this in the coming years. 

6. Tasmania - 3 Titles

Matthew Wade of Tasmania (Getty Images)
Matthew Wade of Tasmania (Getty Images)
The newest side in the competition, Tasmania were officially brought into the Sheffield Shield for the 1977/78 season. Three titles have been won in this time, with their last one coming in the 2012/13 season. 

Sheffield Shield FAQs

Which state has won the most Sheffield Shield titles?

New South Wales are the most successful in the history of the Sheffield Shield. The Blues have won 47 titles in total, 15 more than Victoria in second with 32 titles. 

Has any state failed to win a single Sheffield Shield title?

No, each of the six states currently playing have won at least once. The state with the least titles is Tasmania. The Tigers have managed to win three titles across their history, with Queensland (nine titles) the only other not to get into double figures with regard to winning titles. 

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