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The first organised sport to have a representative team in the Canterbury region was Cricket. The Canterbury Cricket Club was formed in October 1892 at a meeting in Ashfield. This first team did not contain any residents who actually lived in Canterbury and failed to win a match in their first season.

In 1905 Canterbury Public school defeated all other schools in the local competition.[1]

The Canterbury and District Cricket Association formed in 1919-20 and the first secretary was L.W. Andrews. This was superceded by the Bankstown-Canterbury Cricket Club in 1951.

Junior Cricket was introduced in 1924 but only lasted until 1926. It was later revived for the 1937 season and has continued since.

Famous players from the region have included Grahame Thomas and Bob Simpson, who later captained Australia.


  1. The Ashfield Advertiser, 2 Dec 1905