The 2019/20 Detail First Cricket Tasmania Premier League (CTPL) fixture has been released with some exciting changes across both Male and Female competitions.
After a successful first season for the Greater Northern Raiders in the Men’s CTPL First Grade competition, the club will now participate in the Women’s competition for the first time, highlighting the continued growth of cricket in the Greater Northern region.
Cricket Tasmania also welcomes Brighton into the CTPL Women’s First Grade and Men’s Second Grade competitions, following the club’s affiliation in CTPL Lower Grades in 2018/19.
Changes have also been made to the Women's Premier One-Day competition with it being split into two divisions. Clarence, Greater Northern Raiders, Kingborough, North Hobart and South Hobart-Sandy Bay make up Division One, with Glenorchy, Lindisfarne, New Town and University in Division Two.
A promotion and relegation system is in place with the premiers of Division Two to be promoted to division One in place of the bottom-placed team in Division One following the season.
The Women's T20 competition will see all teams come together with no divisions, with Brighton playing in the T20 competition for the first time.
The final major change in the Women’s competition is the Under 17 Girls grade now being the CTPL Women’s Development Competition. This will now be an Under 21 competition, with each club permitted to field a maximum of four players over the age of 21.
Head Coach of Cricket Tasmania's Female Program, Salliann Briggs, is excited about the changes to the competition structure and firmly believes that it will greatly benefit the Female Pathway Program across the state.
"The change in competition structure to two divisions will now help prepare our next best players to compete at National Age Group Competitions and will help close the gap between club and WNCL cricket," she said.
"Furthermore, playing more competitive Kookaburra Cup (One-Day) cricket across both divisions will allow our current Tigers players and Tigers Academy players within our pathway opportunity to test their skills more frequently under pressure."
"I’m excited to watch two divisions compete regularly with well-balanced sides with equal ability levels. The addition of the Greater Northern team is an absolute must and we have a responsibility to make sure cricket is accessible for every female cricketer in the state."
"Greater Northern Raiders will work alongside our North Academy to provide more girls with good coaching and regular training to help them prepare for the CTPL T20 and Kookaburra Cup (One-Day competition. The North continues to produce our best cricketers so I’m excited to see who emerges this season,” Briggs said.
The CTPL Men’s First Grade competition begins Saturday 5 October with a One-Day round. The season will again be comprised of 7x One-Day, 7x T20 and 7x Two-Day rounds across the summer.
The Men's competition continues to be a strong platform for cricketers to develop their game to the First-Class level with North Hobart's Alex Pyecroft and South Hobart-Sandy Bay's Sean Willis each making their Tasmanian Tigers debut last summer after forming an irresistible case for selection in Premier Cricket.