THE
GOLDEN BAILS
CRICKET LEAGUE


HISTORY...

- Began in 1998/1999 as the 'Cooks River Cricket League',
played as one or two matches per year between
the 'Newtown Slappers' and 'Magic Lunchbox XI'

- The 'Newtown Chokers' joined in 2000/2001 but the 3-team series was not completed

- In 2001/2002 the competition became the 'Blind Bat Trophy',
and expanded to four teams with the addition of the Warren View Hotel.
The championship also included a final for the first time

- The following season, 2002/2003, saw the cricket board approve
the entry of a fifth team- the Troy Horse Ducks

- The Warren View Hotel became the Golden Barley Hotel in 2005/2006

- The Newtown Chokers withdrew from the 2010/2011 season, returning in 2013/2014

- In 2011/2012 the competition was not held.
(NOTE: Several Blind Bat teams played in another Sydney cricket competition
known as the Publishers Cup this season. Results and statistics from this season
are not included as they were left on the dashboard of the chairman's
Holden Sandman and were damaged beyond recognition)


- In 2012/2013 only one match was played, between the original two teams-
Slappers and Magic Lunchbox

- The full 'Blind Bat Trophy' returned for one last season in 2013/2014
with the same five teams as previous years. A sixth team, Vic on the Park Hotel,
had entered the competition only to withdraw on the eve of the first match,
leaving the original five teams.
This season there was no finals series, the champions decided
by a first-past-the-post system

- A new four-team competition was launched in 2014/2015, with four teams
competing for the 'Golden Bails' trophy

- At the end of the 2015/2016 season, due to lack of players below the age of 65,
the historic club Newtown Chokers withdrew from the competition.
A new club, the 'Hillbillies', took their place in a four-team comp in 2016/2017.










PAST CHAMPIONS
1999 - PRESENT


COOKS RIVER CRICKET LEAGUE
1998 / 1999
Champions: SLAPPERS
(Won 2 match series v Lunchbox 2-0)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI


COOKS RIVER CRICKET LEAGUE
1999 / 2000
Champions: SLAPPERS
(Won 1 match series v Lunchbox 1-0)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI


COOKS RIVER CRICKET LEAGUE
2000 / 2001
Champions: LUNCHBOX XI*
(*Unofficial - series not completed)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2001 / 2002
Champions: SLAPPERS
(Defeated Warren View in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
WARREN VIEW


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2002 / 2003
Champions: SLAPPERS
(Defeated Lunchbox XI in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
WARREN VIEW, TROY HORSE DUCKS


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2003 / 2004
Champions: TROY HORSE DUCKS
(Defeated Warren View in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
WARREN VIEW, TROY HORSE DUCKS


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2004 / 2005
Champions: TROY HORSE DUCKS
(Defeated Lunchbox XI in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
WARREN VIEW, TROY HORSE DUCKS


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2005 / 2006
Champions: GOLDEN BARLEY
(Defeated Lunchbox XI in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
GOLDEN BARLEY, TROY HORSE DUCKS


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2006 / 2007
Champions: GOLDEN BARLEY
(Defeated Newtown Chokers in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
GOLDEN BARLEY, TROY HORSE DUCKS


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2007 / 2008
Champions: GOLDEN BARLEY
(Defeated Troy Horse Ducks in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
GOLDEN BARLEY, TROY HORSE DUCKS


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2008 / 2009
Champions: GOLDEN BARLEY
(Defeated SLAPPERS in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
GOLDEN BARLEY, TROY HORSE DUCKS


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2009 / 2010
Champions: GOLDEN BARLEY
(Defeated TROY HORSE DUCKS in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
GOLDEN BARLEY, TROY HORSE DUCKS


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2010 / 2011
Champions: GOLDEN BARLEY
(Defeated LUNCHBOX XI in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, GOLDEN BARLEY, TROY HORSE DUCKS


PUBLISHERS CUP
2011 / 2012
During the war, only regional leagues operated as the best men were involved in war efforts.
During this time, depleted squads representing these three Blind Bat clubs competed in a
merged Publishers Cup competition along with three other clubs:
LUNCHBOX XI, GOLDEN BARLEY, TROY HORSE DUCKS

NOTE: No results or statistics from this season are known to be in existence


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2012 / 2013
Champions: LUNCHBOX XI
(Defeated SLAPPERS in one-off match)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI


BLIND BAT TROPHY
2013 / 2014
Champions: LUNCHBOX XI
(Finished 1st on league ladder)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI, NEWTOWN CHOKERS,
GOLDEN BARLEY, TROY HORSE DUCKS


GOLDEN BAILS CRICKET LEAGUE
2014 / 2015
Champions: LUNCHBOX XI
(Defeated TROY HORSE DUCKS in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI,
NEWTOWN CHOKERS, TROY HORSE DUCKS


GOLDEN BAILS CRICKET LEAGUE
2015 / 2016
Champions: TROY HORSE DUCKS
(Defeated LUNCHBOX XI in final)
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI,
NEWTOWN CHOKERS, TROY HORSE DUCKS


GOLDEN BAILS CRICKET LEAGUE
2016 / 2017
Final (To be played):
TROY HORSE DUCKS
v
LUNCHBOX XI
Teams competing: SLAPPERS, LUNCHBOX XI,
TROY HORSE DUCKS, HILLBILLIES