West Indian international Marlon Black is hoping people will once again be hit for six at the ‘Super’ entertainment on offer at Hylton Cricket Club this weekend.
Former Windies fast bowler Black, who took five wickets on debut against Australia, including the scalps of Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer and Michael Slater, now plays for the Sunderland side, who are based at the Billy Hardy Sports Complex in Castletown.
And this Sunday, Black and the club will be serving up sizzling action on and off the field with his second Super Six Cricket event.
The Hylton ace launched the annual event last year, and it proved such a success he has brought back the fun-filled, action-packed event.
Black said: “Last year, people really got into the spirit of things. It was a great day and we have had families coming back to the club to sign up their kids to our junior section as a result.
“This is a community club and we want people to come along and see what Hylton is all about, and we hope by making the Super 6 an annual event we can introduce more people to the game.
“We restarted the club’s junior set-up a year ago and the Super 6 helped to show people what the club has to offer.
“Hopefully this year’s event might encourage even more people to come along and get involved.”
Certainly, Hylton’s past success in bringing through young cricketers is nothing to be sniffed at, and Black realises that kids coming through the ranks are the lifeblood of any club at local level.
The pace bowler is keen to point out that Hylton has a proven track record in getting keen young cricketers on the right track.
“Whatever club I play for, I like to learn a little bit about their history,” he said. “Hylton has an excellent history and has had a couple of players who have started out as juniors at the club and gone on to play for Durham as professional cricketers (current bowler Chris Rushworth and former England wicketkeeper Phil Mustard).
“Hylton is a good club and there is no reason why we can’t have more success here. If we can get one kid to go on to play for Durham while I’m with the club that would be great.
“But it would also be exciting to see young players coming up through the ranks to make the first and second team ranks of Hylton in the future.
“It’s a club with excellent facilities and some great people working hard to make sure that Hylton is successful going forward.”
Black is keen to point out the fun element to the Super Six Cricket Day with a lads and lasses versus mums and dads kicking things off at 11.30am.
“There will be a Caribbean style BBQ and a DJ playing throughout the day, and kids entertainment including a bouncy castle, face painting and refreshments.
“There promises to be some great cricket on display and hopefully there will be plenty of sixes and fours to entertain the people watching.”
Black will be captaining a side of West Indian stars who will battle it out against local sides and a top outfit who will travel up from Yorkshire.