2018-19 Sheffield Shield Preview & Betting Tips

October 15th 2018, 1:01pm, By: andyrosos

Victoria will be looking to make it a One Day-First Class double as the 2018-19 JLT Sheffield Shield gets underway this week! The Vics outplayed Tasmania in the final of the JLT One Day Cup to claim their fifth title and their first since 2010-11. The win has sent them into favourtism for the Sheffield Shield, which kicks off on Tuesday with three games and continues throughout the summer with the final to be held in March. 

You can check out the full schedule for the 2018-19 JLT Sheffield Shield here or continue reading for our preview and best bets below. 

2018-19 Sheffield Shield Betting Tips


Western Australia

WA might not have won the JLT One Day Cup but they were certainly the most dominant team throughout the tournament. They finished the round robin stage with five wins from their five games before going down to Victoria in a heartbreaking semifinalUnfortunately for the Warriors, both the Marsh brothers will play limited roles in the Sheffield Shield as their Test duties will be considerable during the summer, however, the Warriors still boast one of if not the most talented squads in the competition. 

Batting depth in the lead up to the Sheffield Shield is the Warriors only issue. After the retirements of stalwarts Adam Voges and Michael Klinger in the off-season, the Warriors added some much-needed depth with the bat with the inclusion of Marcus StoinisStoinis will play a big role in the middle order and as a part time bowler, however, without the Marsh brothers for the majority of the tournament and with Cameron Bancroft still serving his suspension, the Warriors will rely heavily on the likes of Jonathan Wells, D’Arcy Short, Hilton Cartwright and Asthon Turner. 

It’s the Warriors bowling line-up that really separates them from the pack. Given they have no players hindered by international duty, the selectors have an embarrassment of riches in the pace department. Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile can all be called upon for the Warriors while Ashton Agar, Cartwright, Stoinis and Short all provide options with the ball as well.

Odds: $4 at Sportsbet


The Bushrangers will have their tails up after a fantastic win in the JLT One Day Cup. They were underdogs going into the final against Tasmania but a fantastic effort with the ball after posting a modest 274 with the bat helped them secure the trophy. The Vics currently have a few key players touring the UAE with the Australian Test team, but whether the likes of Aaron Finch, Jon Holland and Peter Siddle will earn selection for the home series against India is a different question. Along with those three, the Bushrangers could also potentially lose Peter Handscomb and/or Glenn Maxwell to Test selection at some point over the summer, however, it’s extremely unlikely that they would be without more than two of those five players. 

Marcus Harris, Cameron White, Travis Dean, Maxwell and Handscomb should make up the top fiv ein the batting lineup, which is scary in any format of the game. The bowling depth leaves a little to be desired, especially if Siddle ends up getting selected for the Test summer against India. Without him their pace attack would be held up by James Pattinson, Chris Tremain and Scott Boland while John Holland should return as their front-line spinner after finishing his duties in the UAE. 

Odds: $4 at Sportsbet  

South Australia 

Our tip for the JLT One Day Cup was a little disappointing, winning two of their five round robin games before being bounced by the Queensland Bulls in the first final. We still think they are a massive contender for the Sheffield Shield, in fact, their squad is probably more suited to the longer format. They are currently without Travis Head who is on Test duty in the UAE and gun to the head you would have to say he gets selected for the Australian summer as well. However, even without Head their batting line-up is still one of the deepest in the competitionCallum Ferguson, Tom Cooper, Jake Lehmann, Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey should make up the bulk of the batting lineup while Cameron Valente will provide the Redbacks with a talented all-rounder. 

The Redbacks bowling unit is also stacked to the brim. They boast five players who have international experience in Joe Mennie, Daniel Worrall, Chadd Sayers, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa but the most important thing for SA is that their attack shouldn’t be hindered by international selection throughout this summer. 

Odds: $5 at Sportsbet

The Rest

Tasmania made a great run in the JLY One Day Cup, however, over the longer format and longer season, we think their very depth could get tested at times. They boast just six players with international experience, one of whom they will be without for the entire season in Tim Paine. Jackson Bird will be looked at by the Australian Test selectors over the summer, and without him their bowling lineup is extremely thin. 

The Queensland Bulls have a batting lineup capable of matching it with the best in the country, however, a handful of them will probably be missing from the Bulls line-up for parts of the season. Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne will all come under consideration from the Test selectors, leaving them very young and inexperienced in the top five. 

It’s not often that New South Wales enter a Sheffield Season as one of the worst couple of teams in the league, however, we can’t see much happening for them in 2018-19. The batting line-up looks a shell of what it was a few years ago, with Moises Henriques set to be the only player in the top six with international experience. On paper, their bowling line-up should never be beaten in a competitive game of cricket but with Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon unlikely to suit up, too much will rest on too few. 


We think it’s almost a certainty that the winner of the 2018-19 Sheffield Shield will come from our list of three contenders. Victoria, WA and SA have the deepest squads with the fewest chances of being raided by the international selectors, which is the recipe for success in Australian domestic cricket. 

We tipped South Australia to come out on top in the JLT One Day Cup and we are sticking with them throughout the summer. While the One Day format is largely controlled by the bat, first class cricket is a bowler's game. You have to take 20 wickets to win a Shield game, and SA boast the best bowling attack in the compeition




2019 MLB Betting Tips: Wednesday 26th June

Another great 15 game slate in the MLB this Wednesday, the 26th of June! We have a preview and betting tips for some of the key games of the day here read more

2019 PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic

The PGA Tour continues this weekend as we head to Detroit for the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic! We have a full preview and betting tips for the event here read more

Harness Racing Tips: Tuesday, June 25th

Harness racing continues at Gloucester Park this Tuesday night and Trent Orwin has picked out his best bets from the card here! read more

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup: England vs Australia Betting Tips

It's the matchup that many have been waiting for in the round robin stage of the Cricket World Cup! Australia will face off against England on Tuesday night as the great cricketing rivalry gets another instalment. See our preview and tips for the big game here read more


Major Harness Races in Australasia

There are approximately 90 Group 1 level harness races in Australia and New Zealand each year; we've highlighted some of most high profile races on the annual racing calendar here. read more

Harness racing form: what are the most important things to consider

Harness racing form can be daunting to punters that are new to the sport and form analysis for the trots is certainly different to that of the gallops or greyhounds. We've listed what we think the most important factors to consider are when studying the form for a trots race. read more

Harness Racing Barrier Draws

Barrier draws are crucial in racing and they are especially important in harness racing. We've explained why barriers are such a key part of harness racing form study and their importance to determining a horse's chances here. read more

Harness Racing Glossary

There are many common terms used in harness racing that may not make sense to those new to the sport. Our harness racing glossary will help you understand what some of the key terminology means. read more


2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Predictions Round 14

The last of the AFL bye rounds came and went over the weekend with Round 14 and another set of Brownlow votes are up for grabs! See our reviews of the games and how we think the votes panned out here. read more

2019 AFL Round 14 Odds

We are back once again with a full list of the AFL odds for all six games in Round 14! This weeks odds come courtesy of the folks at Ladbrokes read more

2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Predictions Round 13

Round 13 of the AFL was fairly stock standard as all six of the favourites won in the shortened round! There were 36 Brownlow votes up for grabs over the round and we have our predictions as to how it panned out here read more

2019 AFL Round 13 Odds

Only the six games in the AFL again this weekend due to the byes but still plenty of value on offer! We have a complete odds list of all six games courtesy of Sportsbet here read more