It will be a proud moment for the Clark family on Sunday, when for the first time in 25 years in NSW Premier Cricket, a father and son will feature in the same team when Tony and Ryan Clark head out together for Blacktown against Hawkesbury.
Not since former rugby league great and New South Wales Blues’ player Graeme Hughes, and his father Noel, turned out for Petersham-Marrickville in December 1972 have two members of the one family played together in the same First Grade team.
Tony has played every game in Second Grade for Blacktown so far this season and is a veteran of First Grade with over 400 matches under his belt. This includes 662 wickets and 7338 runs at that level.
The match on Sunday will mark his first T20 appearance in the top grade this season. The wily seamer has been in some terrific form with the ball for his club, picking up 19 wickets at 14.8 in Second grade. This includes two five wicket hauls and a single return of four scalps, showing that even at 49 years of age, he still has what it takes to be a prolific wicket taker.
On Sunday, there will be a 32-year gap between Ryan and his father. The 17-year-old has been playing regular cricket throughout the season with his dad in second grade, as well as a number of appearances in the Blacktown Poidevin-Gray Shield side and a single game in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup against the ACT.
On what will be a historic day, Blacktown will play a double-header at home against a strong Hawkesbury outfit and then later in the day against Northern District.