The Brighton Eagles Cricket Club will form part of the Detail First Cricket Tasmania Premier League (CTPL) from Season 2018/19 following a successful application for affiliation.

Cricket Tasmania’s Board recently approved the Brighton Cricket Club's entry following a thorough two-year evaluation process.

Brighton has been granted three seasons from 2018/19 to 2020/21 to participate in the Detail First CTPL 3rd Grade Men’s, Boys Under-17s, Girls Under-17s and Boys Under-15s as a minimum starting point.

They will also look to maintain their presence in the Kookaburra Southern Cricket Association in which the club has previously been competing.

Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Nick Cummins said the organisation is excited by the added energy that Brighton Cricket Club now presents to their Premier Cricket grade.

“The Brighton Cricket Club has developed significantly in recent years, in particular its junior programs.”

“Brighton is recognised as a population growth area and having the presence of a Premier Cricket Club now gives a clear pathway for their talented boys and girls from the juniors through to representative levels.

“I must acknowledge and thank the Brighton Council which has been a long-term supporter of Tasmanian Cricket and their Mayor Tony Foster.

“Their ongoing support will enable the Eagles to continue developing as it progresses into Premier Cricket given the two turf grounds at its home venue.

“In season one, Brighton will participate in 3rd Grade as well as boys and girls underage grades, but I firmly expect the Eagles to grow and push into higher grades the following seasons.

“Cricket participation is booming in this State with double digit increases each year – especially from our female players. Brighton is another prime example of this growth and they deserve congratulations.”

Brighton has been considered a strong expansion opportunity for several years, given the continued rise of their municipality's population, and the healthy support Brighton Council has given cricket.

Already boasting two turf facilities with Ferguson Park and Gunn Oval, the club is well positioned to accommodate continued growth in the area and provide a pathway for local players.

The Brighton Cricket Club and Cricket Tasmania intend for the Eagles to field a team in 1st Grade Men’s and Women’s and also 2nd Grade Men's competitions in the near future.

However, the club will take a careful staged approach to increasing its involvement in the higher grades.

Now the Eagles’ affiliation has been approved, new practice facilities will be built and it is hoped a new clubroom facility will soon follow.

Brighton now follows the affiliation of the Greater North team announced back in December 2017.

The Greater North team will compete in Men's 1st Grade from 2018/19, providing a pathway for talented players from Tasmania’s northern regions to play Premier Cricket, without having to relocate to Hobart for more opportunities.