Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the annual Sydney Shires Premiers Dinner had to be cancelled for the 2019/20 season. All major Individual and Team Award winners were announced via social media to recognize those players and teams that had exceptional performances throughout the season.
The Shires Competition Sub-Committee introduced the Merit XI to recognise the leading players in the First Grade Competition. Selection into the team is based on statistics from the preliminary round only. Eleven players are selected including the five highest run-scorers, the leading all-rounder, the four leading wicket takers, the leading wicketkeeper, with the Shires Player of the Year, named as captain. Any players tied on the same number of runs or wickets are separated by superior average, and in the case of wicketkeepers, by most runs.
Commemorative caps are to be presented to all players with caps numbered from 1 to 11 with the captain receiving the number 1 cap, and then followed in batting order.
Captain and All-rounder
Tahmidul Islam (Balmain South Sydney): 338 runs & 56 wickets
Paul Donovan (Strathfield): 951 runs
Cosikan Beadle (Pennant Hills): 633 runs
Ross Zelem (Warringah): 571 runs
Nouman Ali (Macquarie University): 568 runs
Greg Hunt (Lane Cove) 558 runs
Kaoser Ahmed (Balmain South Sydney): 34 dismissals
Muhammad Ali (Auburn): 46 wickets
Daniel Yates (Georges River): 39 wickets
Brenton Wright (Burwood Briars): 38 wickets
Joe Scarcella (Lane Cove): 35 wickets