The Free State cricket team and Griqualand West first class cricket together form the Diamond Eagles. The team had played in the MTN Domestic Championship and the Standard Bank Twenty20 limited over competitions.
The Free State cricket team was formerly known as Orange Free State cricket team. This team represents the province of Free State (Orange Free State till 1995) in South Africa. The club was known as the Orange Free State until it joined the Eagles in 2004.
The Griqualand West cricket team was originally called as Kimberley when it was formed in December 1889. The team represents the province of Griqualand West located in South Africa.
Since its formation in 2003, the Diamond Eagles have played in Standard bank Pro 20 series. Team plays their games on their home ground and at the De Beers stadium in Kimberley.
Some of the reputed played of the Eagles include Nicky Boje, Thandi Tshabalala, Loots Bosman and Alan Donald, who now coaches the bowling team at Warwickshire, Johan Van Der Wath once played for the Eagles.
The Eagles live up to their reputation of being one of the finest teams in South Africa by placing their mark upto the semi-finals for every season. Current line-up of players include Rilee Rossouw, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, CJ De Villiers to name a few.
Currently, the team plays under the captaincy of Justin Langer with Craig Keiswetter guarding the stumps. The team is coached by Sarel Arnold Cilliers with Adriaan Johannes Swanepoel assisting him.
Diamond Eagles won the Pro20 series twice, once in 2003-04, and then again in 2005-06.
They won the MTN Championship in 2004-05 and also in 2005-06.
The SuperSport Series cup also went in share of the Eagles in the year 2007-08.