Walter Taylor Shield


2020 Carnival Dates:
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th January 2020

Carnival Convenor: David Schmude
Email: David

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The 2020 Walter Taylor Shield Under 15’s carnival will be conducted from Thursday 2nd January through to Sunday 5th January.

2020 will be the 28th consecutive year of the Walter Taylor Shield.

In January 2020 we will welcome visiting teams from NSW and QLD.

ACCOMMODATION: We recommend you contact our major sponsor, Armidale Tourist Park, who look forward to welcoming carnival participants and their families during January 2020.

Walter Taylor Shield Dinner:  Armidale Bowling Club – Saturday 4th Jan – 6.30 pm This dinner is for players, coaches, managers, parents, supporters and for the Presentation of awards to players for the first three matches. There will also be an Auction of signed bats and a silent auction.

Please click on this link to Book and Pay for your Dinner Tickets:

Armidale Walter Taylor Shield Team – 2020

Armidale Team 2020 – Player Profiles

Team Member – Jonathon Phelps

ADCA Cricket Club – TAS
School – The Armidale School
Specialty – All Rounder – Pace Bowler
Rep Team Selections – Moree U12’s, Armidale U14’s, TAS Wiberd Shield Team
Best Performance – 3/10, 51no
Big Bash Team – Brisbane Heat
Cricket Heros – Mitch Woods



Team Member – Hudson Eichorn

ADCA Cricket Club – TAS
School – The Armidale School
Specialty – RH Pace Bowler / All Rounder
Rep Team Selections – U14 (2018/2019), U15 (2019/2020) & U16 (2019/2020) Armidale Rep. Northern Inland CC 2018/19 U/14s rep team.
Best Performance – 3/10
Big Bash Team – Sydney Thunder
Cricket Heros – Pat Cummins / Adam Gilchrist


Team Member – Jack Hedges

ADCA Cricket Club – TAS & CSC
School – The Armidale School
Specialty – Allrounder
Rep Team Selections – Armidale U14s
Best Performance – 68
Big Bash Team – Sydney Thunder
Cricket Heros – Shane Warne


Team Member – James Phelps

ADCA Cricket Club – TAS
School – The Armidale School
Specialty – Batsman / Leg Spin Bowler
Rep Team Selections – Moree u12; Armidale U14; Armidale u16; TOAD CUP, TAS Wiburd Shield; 2019 Walter Taylor Shield
Best Performance – 4/3 bowling; 67 not out
Big Bash Team – Sydney Sixers
Cricket Heros – Ryan Harris

Team Member – Brodie Campbell

ADCA Cricket Club – Guyra
School – Guyra Central School
Specialty – Allrounder
Rep Team Selections – Armidale u12-14s and Northern inland U14s
Best Performance – 4/6, 52no
Big Bash Team – Sydney Sixers
Cricket Heros – Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne


Team Member – Ben Harris

ADCA Cricket Club – Ex-Services Cricket Club
School – O’Connor Catholic College
Specialty – RH Batsman / all rounder
Rep Team Selections – U15 Armidale and U15 Northern Inland 2019
Best Performance – 3/14 and 37*
Big Bash Team – Perth Scorchers
Cricket Heros – Marnus Labuschagne and Pat Cummins


Team Member – Jack Lockyer

ADCA Cricket Club – Guyra Cricket Club
School – O’Connor Catholic College
Specialty – Wicket Keeper & Batsman
Rep Team Selections – ADCA u12 Rep,  ADCA u14 Rep, Northern Inland CC u14
Best Performance – 50 N/O
Big Bash Team – Brisbane Heat
Cricket Heros – Brad Haddon & Nathan Lyon


Team Member – Ben Heagney

ADCA Cricket Club – Hillgrove Colts
School – O’Conner Catholic College
Specialty – Batsman
Rep Team Selections – U16s Armidale. Walter Taylor Sheild 2018 to 2020, Central North Kookaburra Cup 2019
Best Performance – 129 runs
Big Bash Team – Sydney Thunder
Cricket Heros – The Phelps Boys, , Greg and Marnus Labuschagne


Team Member – Ryan Harris

Team Member – Ryan Harris
ADCA Cricket Club – Hillgrove
School – Armidale Secondary College
Specialty – Fast Bowler
Rep Team Selections – Armidale U16’s
Best Performance – 4/0
Big Bash Team – Melbourne Stars
Cricket Hero’s – Ryan Harris (Former Australian fast bowler, not me)


Team Member – Mitch Duddy

ADCA Cricket Club: Hillgrove
School: Glen Innes High School
Speciality: Jack of all trades
Rep Team Selections: Armidale Rep U16, Central North Kookaburra Cup 2019, Walter Taylor Shield 2019 & 2020
Best Performance: batting 71*, bowling 2/0
Big Bash Team: Sydney Sixer
Cricket Heros: Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith


Team Member – Brock Parsons

Cricket Club- Ex-Services
School- Armidale Secondary College
Specialty- Bowler
Rep selections- ADCA 12 s, 14 s and 16 s, Walter Taylor Shield 2019 and 2020, Northern Inland CC 13 s and 15 s
Best performance- 5/30 bowling and 122* batting
Big Bash team- Perth Scorchers
Cricket hero s- Ryan Alexander Harris


Armidale’s Walter Taylor Shield team on Day 3 of the 2017 Walter Taylor Shield carnival – our Pink Stumps Day (led by visiting team West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook). The day coincided with Jane McGrath Day at the Sydney Test match.
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Some members of the 2016 Armidale team enjoying some time
on the jumping pillow at the Armidale Tourist Park.

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Armidale’s 2016 Walter Taylor Shield Team
Back: Michael Dennis (Carnival Convenor), Lucas Atkin, Daniel Boyd, BJ Cameron, Joshua Stace, Blake Cameron, Joe Alcorn, Adrian Cameron (Coach)
Front: Henry Smith, Sam Marshall, Sam Jeyakumar, Tom Smith, Kieran Dennis, Toby Smith

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About Walter Taylor (1918-2004)
A Cricketer and a Gentleman

Walter Taylor

Walter TaylorThe Walter Taylor Shield Carnival is named in honour of one of the District’s most successful former representative cricketers. Walter Taylor represented Armidale, Northern Tablelands and Northern NSW as an outstanding batsman and a very handy bowler over several decades.

In 1939, as a member of the Northern NSW side touring Tasmania, Taylor scored 286 runs in 12 innings and took 35 wickets to top the bowling.

A decade later, in 1949, he captained the North and North West teams, in which he scored 90 against Illawarra and 100 against Dalby, and was selected to play for Northern NSW.

In 1958 Taylor opened the innings for New England, which saw him compete against players such as Richie Benaud.

Taylor continued playing representative cricket until well into the 1960’s and always took a keen interest in the sport. He presented the Shield each year until 2003 when ill health prevented him, but still was eager to hear updates on the games from his hospital bed.

Mr. Walter Taylor was born on the 16th of January 1918 and passed away on Sunday, 7th of March 2004. He was an excellent cricketer and a staunch supporter of junior cricket. His legacy will always be the Walter Taylor Shield.