HYLTON Colliery Cricket Club are hoping to write an exciting new chapter in their history this summer.
There have been changes on and off the field for the Durham Cricket League outfit, the biggest one being the arrival of former West Indian international Marlon Black.
The capture of the Trinidadian bowler, who played six Tests and five one-day internationals for the Windies, and has 55 first-class games to his name, is a major coup for the Wearsiders.
The right-armer took 4-83 on Test debut against Australia, claiming the famous scalps of Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, Michael Slater and Andy Bichel.
Black’s talent and experience is a huge boon for Hylton, who are once again led by skipper Alan Mustard.
Another new signing welcomed into the Hylton fold this season is Ryan Dowens, a young, aggressive, right-handed batsman, who played for Marsden last season.
A couple of well-known faces will also be hoping to make an impact at the Billy Hardy Sports Ground.
Top order batsman Gary Frater returns to the first XI after a spell back at hometown club Boldon CA.
And left-arm bowler Adam Bewick, a homegrown talent who came through the club’s junior ranks, is back following a spell at North East Durham League club Wearmouth.
There has been one departure, with exciting opener Kit Allan jnr having moved on to Seaham Park.
Off the field, long-standing chairman Tom Foster has become honorary life president, with treasurer Steve Lawson taking over the reins.
Steve would like to put on record his thanks to outgoing secretary David Rooney for his many years of outstanding service, and everyone hopes to see him back at the club soon.
Meanwhile, first-teamer Liam Foster will be hoping for a good season on and off the pitch, having become general secretary.
The club, which boasts former England and Durham current star Phil Mustard and Dynamos’ ace bowler Chris Rushworth among their former youth players, has ambitions to raise the club’s profile throughout local cricket.
As a key part of the local community, Hylton are looking to breathe new life into the club’s junior set-up, and any parents with youngsters wanting to get involved in the game can contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Hylton also have some sponsorship opportunities available, and any interested businesses can contact the club on the above email address or phone 07900 492 190.