St Peter's Cricket Club is the oldest surviving cricket club in Brighton having been founded in 1883 and has been playing at Preston Park since 1889.
The club continues to go from strength to strength and over the years to a point where we have 70 adult members and over 150 junior members making it one of the biggest clubs in the county.
St Peters Cricket club began life in 1883 as St Peters Choir Club, formed by the clergyman of St Peters Church and the following year non-clergymen were allowed to join. Many of the clubs early games were against other church sides.
In 1889, the club moved to its present home at Preston Park. This move was initiated by the club treasurer, Alderman J.J.G. Saunders. St Peters CC was instrumental in establishing the Brighton, Hove and District Cricket Association in 1888.
Over the years the club has provided cricketers who played for Sussex County Cricket Club. These include Fred Tate, Sydney Hollands, Rev F.C.P. Maurice and A.E. Bramwell. Fred Tate (pictured below) played a solitary Test Match for England, against Australia at Old Trafford in 1902.
In recent years Keith Greenfield graduated from Preston Park to Sussex CCC. We hope to continue this tradition in the future, as many of our Colts players have been selected to represent Sussex County/Area at age group cricket.
In 1967, the club formed a Colts XI and were founding members of the Brighton Colts League.
During the 1970’s, the club ran three Saturday sides, joining the Brighton Parks Cricket League - which later became the Central Sussex League.
1983 marked the centenary for the club and we celebrated by beating a Sussex CCC XI at Preston Park.
Men’s Cricket - In 2011, after a wait of 5 seasons, the First XI won promotion back to Division 1 of the East Sussex Cricket League – where they go from strength to strength.
The Second XI were relegated to division 6 in 2012 - but have since been promoted in consecutive seasons.
The Third XI have been as high as division 7 in recent years. The 2010 season started a remarkable period, in which they won three successive promotions.
The growing popularity of the club enabled St Peters Cricket Club to field a Fourth XI team in 2008, this team has been used to develop youth players and introduce them to adult cricket.
In 2006, St Peters formed their first ever Women’s team, competing in the inaugural Sussex Women’s senior 20/20 8 aside league. They currently play in the Women’s T20 South league and won 3 out of 8 games this season.
Due to this success of the women’s team, the club formed under 11s, 13s and 15s girls sides. This year the U13s won the regional prestigious Lady Taverners tournament, beating several county champions on the way!
At the end of the 2013 season, the club agreed a 20 year lease with Brighton and Hove City Council for both the clubhouse and the upkeep of the square. We also installed an artificial wicket, improving training and completing many more games (despite rain).
In September 2014, the club hosted the St Peters CC of the Vatican. It was a great day, with all those at the club coming together to stage the event, with 500 people attending and St Peters Cricket Club (of Brighton) winning by 54 runs.
The event was described by Sussex CCC Chairman David Bowden as: 'it was clear for everyone to see just how well conceived, planned and managed it was and you and your Club colleagues are to be praised to the hilt...We, at the County, frequently talk proudly of the Sussex Cricket Family; I will now think of you as the “St. Peter’s Cricket Family"!'
In the years that followed the clubs centenary, the First XI was crowned champions in 1990 and 1991. The second XI also had success, by winning the second division in 1992. The following year saw, both the first and second XI teams play in division 1.
The Colts section was reformed in 1992 and achieved great success, most notably in 1996 when the U13’s were crowned Sussex champions in the NCA 8 a-side competition and the U16’s gained a share of the Sussex Junior Cricket Festival, the most prestigious trophy in local colts cricket. This success has continued with the Under 12s (pictured below) in 2014 winning the SJCF Bowl competition and the Under 16s wining the competion in the summer of 2015.
In November 1996, the club elected to join the Parker Building Supplies East Sussex Cricket League, with both the First and Second XI teams competing. The Third XI entered the league in 2000.
After finishing second, their highest position to date, in 2014 and 2015 - the First XI will be looking to push for promotion to the Sussex County league in 2016.
The Second XI will be competing in Division 3, after finishing top of Division 4 and gaining promotion in 2015.
The Third XI will be playing in Division 7 in 2016 after narrowly missing out on promotion in 2015.
The Fourth XI will be playing in Division 11 in 2016 after winning Division 12 in 2015.
In 2016 we will be fielding a Fifth XI in Division 12 - the role of this side will be to develop and introduce colts players into our adult teams.
St Peters Cricket Club will continue to build on our outstanding Colts setup and we look forward to our future.