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1887 - Hugh Trumble plays his first match for Victoria

A legend of Victoria's bowling fraternity, Hugh Trumble plays his first match for Victoria. Unconventionally tall for an off-spinner, Trumble's rangy frame allowed him to produce deliveries of awkward trajectory and bounce. His 17-year, 213 match career ended with an incredible total of 929 first-class wickets at an average of 18.46, with 141 of these coming at 21.78 at Test level. His dexterity with the bat produced 5395 first-class runs at 18.46, affording him the title of all-rounder. Trumble captained his state on 32 occasions and his country twice. His feats secured him a place in the Victorian Team of the Century.

1912 - Jack Ryder debuts for Victoria

Aged 23, Jack Ryder debuts for Victoria. 80 matches for Victoria defined the free-flowing batsman's career; at its conclusion, Ryder had scored 5674 runs at an average of 45.75 taken 150 wickets at 29.69. 20 Test matches complemented Ryder's state achievements, in which he scored 1394 runs at 51.63. Victorian Premier Cricket's highest individual honour would later be named after Ryder.

1921 - Bill Woodfull debuts for Victoria

Bill Woodfull debuts for Victoria. In a first-class career that spanned 174 matches between 1921 and 1934, Woodfull scored 13388 runs at an average of 64.99, including a staggering 49 centuries. His success earned him national honours; his Test debut coming in 1926 against England. Woodfull's Test career concluded in 1934, after 35 Tests in which he scored 2300 runs at 46.00. A rugged batsman whose runs came from well-placed dabbling rather than free-flowing stroke play, Woodfull formed a legendary opening partnership with Bill Ponsford.

1921 - Bill Ponsford plays the first of 162 first-class matches for Victoria

Bill Ponsford plays the first of 162 first-class matches for Victoria. Come the end of his first-class career, Ponsford had amassed 13819 runs at an average of 65.18, including 47 centuries. His feats extended to the national stage, where he played 29 Tests, compiling 2122 runs at 48.22. Characterised by an almost invulnerable defence and well-considered, efficient strokeplay, many a bowler considered dismissing Ponsford a more difficult feat than doing so the more illustrious Bradman.

1926 - Victoria achieves a score of 1107

Victoria betters its own record innings total, achieving a score of 1107 against NSW at the MCG. This score remains the highest in first-class competition.

1927 - Bill Ponsford eclipses his own individual first-class record

In making 437 in an innings against Queensland in 1927, Bill Ponsford eclipses his own individual first-class record. This feat came amidst an unimaginable month of cricket during which Ponsford scored 1146 first-class runs. Ponsford's achievement of 1000 runs in a month remains unique.

1932 - Lindsay Hassett plays the first match of a first-class career

Lindsay Hassett plays the first match of a first-class career that bore 16,890 runs at an average of 58.24. Hassett captained his state on 120 occasions and 24 of the 43 times he played for his country, an international career that produced 3073 runs at an average of 46.56. An archetypal batting technique made the task appear effortless to Hassett. Reverence of his achievements is maintained through the naming of an MCG function room and Cricket Victoria's premier functions.

1937 - Aged just 18, Keith Miller debuts for Victoria

Aged just 18, Keith Miller debuts for Victoria. The mercurial all-rounder possessed the equal ability to turn a match with bat or ball. Service as a fighter pilot in World War II temporarily intervened in Miller's 22 year first-class career but, despite this interruption, he amassed 14183 runs at 48.90 and took 497 wickets at 22.30. 1396 of these runs - at 53.69 - were made playing in his 18 matches for Victoria, before his relocation to NSW. His success transferred to the national arena where he compiled 2958 runs at 36.97 and took 170 wickets at 22.97, becoming a part of Bradman's 'Invincibles'.

1946 - Sam Loxton scores 232 on debut

Sam Loxton, later to become a member of Bradman's Invincibles, scores 232 on debut for Victoria against Queensland. His first-class career of 192 matches - including 12 Tests - yielded 6249 runs at an average of 36.97 and 232 wickets at 25.73.

1946 - Neil Harvey makes his first-class debut

Neil Harvey, later to become a member of Victoria's Team of the Century, makes his first-class debut. A year later, Harvey's evident talents made him a part of the national team and, aged 19 and 121 days he became the youngest Australian to score a Test century. His fluid and fearless batting style made his innings relentlessly enjoyable to watch. Harvey's 79 Tests yielded 6149 runs at an average of 48.41 and involved 21 centuries. His 17-year first-class career produced a largesse of 21,699 runs at an average of 50.93. Despite renowned leadership qualities, employed as state captain 26 times, Harvey captained Australia but once, against England in 1961.

1946 - Len Maddocks makes his debut

Len Maddocks - later to become the wicketkeeper in the Victorian Team of the Century - makes his debut. Maddocks combined an elegantly resolute batting style with tidy skills behind the stumps. His dependable style produced 4106 runs in 112 first-class matches - 28 as captain - and his glovework was recognised with selection in 7 Tests. Maddocks maintained an involvement with cricket post-retirement, acting as VCA treasurer, state and national team selector, and national team manager.

1972 - Victoria claims its first limited over title

Victoria claims its first limited over title. The 50-over competition, then known as the Coca Cola Knockout, was in just its third year when Victoria defeated South Australia in the final.

1981 - Dean Jones makes his debut

Expansive, energetic and extroverted in batting style, Dean Jones provided infinite entertainment for Australian cricket crowds through 1980s and '90s. His style was explicitly suited to the burgeoning one-day format of the era but more reserved application produced accompanying success in longer forms of the game. 201 first-class matches spawned 15811 runs at an average of 52.70. 52 of these were Tests, which produced 3631 runs at 46.55. His eminence in limited overs cricket saw him compile 6068 runs at 44.61 on the international stage and 1651 runs at 44.62 for his state.

1981 - Merv Hughes plays his first Sheffield Shield match for Victoria

The inimitable Merv Hughes plays his first Sheffield Shield match for Victoria. Raw and irrepressible, he became the darling of crowds, his on-field actions copied by crowds across Australia, his iconic moustache earning fame of its own. He took 593 wickets at an average of 29.08 in a 14-year first-class career which ended in 1995, as well as 212 wickets at 28.38 at Test level.

1991 - Shane Warne makes his debut for Victoria

Blond-tipped and rambunctious, Shane Warne makes his debut for Victoria, bowling the embryonic deliveries of an incomparable first-class career. 301 first-class matches ensued, bringing with them 1319 wickets at an average of 26.11, including the once world record 708 Test match wickets. Warne's brilliant first-class career was coupled with 194 international limited overs matches and 293 wickets at 25.73.

1995 - Original Victorian team of the century named

Original Victorian team of the century named (selected by Jim Higgs, Tim Lane, Lindsay Kline and Greg Baum): Bill Woodfull, Bill Ponsford, Lindsay Hassett, Neil Harvey, Jack Ryder, Keith Miller, Len Maddocks, Shane Warne, Merv Hughes, Hugh Trumble, Bill Johnston, 12th Man: Dean Jones.

2003 - Cameron White is appointed captain

Aged 20, Cameron White is appointed as the youngest captain in Victoria's history.

2004 - 1000 first-class matches

Victoria becomes the first state to play 1000 first-class matches when it plays South Australia at the Adelaide Oval on February 1.

2006 - Victoria win the inaugural KFC BigBash Twenty20

Led by a Brad Hodge century, Victoria claims the inaugural KFC BigBash Twenty20 tournament by comprehensively defeating New South Wales by 93 runs.

2010 - Victoria claims its fourth KFC BigBash Twenty20 title

Victoria again proves itself the leading Twenty20 side by claiming its fourth KFC BigBash title with a 48-run victory against South Australia.

2010 - Victoria claims its 28th Sheffield Shield

Victoria affirms its contemporary eminence by claiming its 28th Sheffield Shield.

2015 - Victoria secures 29th Sheffield Shield

Outgoing coach Greg Shipperd and captain Matthew Wade secured Victoria's 29th Sheffield Shield against Western Australia, after finishing on the bottom of the table in the previous season.

2016 - Victoria goes back-to-back in the Shield

Victoria goes back-to-back and secures its 30th Sheffield Shield, defeating first placed South Australia in an outright win at Glenelg. David Saker pockets the Shield in his first season as coach.

2017 - Sheffield Shield three-peat

Victoria achieves a Sheffield Shield three-peat for the first time in it's history after drawing with South Australia in Alice Springs. Andrew McDonald becomes the first Victorian to play in and coach a Sheffield Shield title.