Hylton Sports Club are to splash out on a new scoreboard after receiving £4,500 from Sunderland City Council.
The new scoreboard will be fully installed at the Billy Hardy Sports Centre in May, and will be the centrepiece of a project to encourage people from the community to take up cricket with Hylton Cricket Club.
In a bid to encourage local young people to get involved, the club will also purchase new practice nets for the their three junior teams, as well linking up with youngsters from nearby Castleview Academy.
The funding was awarded at a meeting of the council’s North Sunderland Area Committee last week, where councillors unanimously agreed to make the contribution towards the project’s total cost of £8,500.
The proposal document submitted to the council meeting said that the new scoreboard “will ensure the club has a high standard of facilities which then in turn can be offered to the local community”.
The installation of the new scoreboard also means that Hylton Sports Club will play host to matches for students from Sunderland University Cricket Club in the summer.
Hylton Cricket Club joined the newly formed Durham Cricket League in 2013. It was originally founded by miners in 1905, and was previously known as Hylton Colliery Cricket Club.