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Durham star Ben Stokes ready for Ashes ribbing

Ben Stokes claims he is ready for whatever Australia’s wind-up merchants have in store for him during this summer’s Ashes.

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Durham Cricket League: Dawdon face weakened Castle Eden in crucial weekend showdown

Dawdon’s hopes of regaining the leadership of the First Division rest on their game at Castle Eden this weekend.

Houghton batsman Matthew Lovett goes for a single against Seaham Park last week

Durham Cricket League: Testing double-header awaits Division Two sides

Yet another double-header beckons in Division Two, with games on Saturday and Sunday

Hetton Lyons line up ahead of last week's defeat to Whitburn

NE Premier League: Durham Academy starlets ready to dig deep again for South North challenge

Durham Academy will be asked to dig deep once more this weekend.

Paul Collingwood

Outclassed, but Durham captain Paul Collingwood rues key lbw decision in defeat to title rivals Yorkshire

Durham captain Paul Collingwood felt his side were outclassed over four days against Yorkshire – but feels aggrieved at a potentially match-changing decision.

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Davison the smart Alex as Philadelphia turn the screw on Sacriston

Philadelphia secured an impressive 15-run Durham Cricket Board Under-15s Central Division success against Sacriston.

Adil Rashid

Yorkshire star Adil Rashid ready for Ashes against Australia

Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid insists he’s ready to shine on the national stage after being called up to England’s Ashes squad.

Mark Stoneman hits out on his way to a century yuesterday. Picture by Tim Richardson

Stoneman eyes final-day salvation as century raises Durham’s hopes of great escape against Yorkshire

A mammoth task lies ahead of Durham today – and history does not bode well; the last time they conceded more than 400 in an innings and did not lose was almost a year ago.

Jonny Bairstow in action today

Bairstow and Bresnan brilliant as Yorkshire hammer Durham

Runs were plundered at a rate of knots; records fell just as quickly. This was as emphatic a day as you are likely to see anywhere this county cricket season.

Hetton Lyons batsman Gary Scott plays and misses against Whitburn. Picture by David Wood

NE Premier League: Last-over triumph at Burnmoor gets Eppleton on coat-tails of beaten Washington

Saturday’s dramatic, last-over victory at Burnmoor thrust Eppleton into the spotlight at the summit as they moved to within two points of beaten leaders Washington in Division One.

Whitburn bowler Scott Condy in action against Hetton Lyons

NE Premier League: Elliott hits the right Mark to ease Whitburn fears in victory at Lyons

Whitburn lifted themselves out of the bottom two after their third – and best – victory of a previously undistinguished season.

Houghton batsman Matthew Lovett in action against Seaham  Park. Picture by David Wood

Durham Cricket League: Baldwin spins sad City into submission as Castle Eden replace Dawdon in pole position

It was a case of back to the future on Saturday as the hot potato that constitutes the leadership of the top flight was passed on once more, with Castle Eden returning to the top.

Durham Cricket League: Park strife for Houghton in Division Two

Seaham Park hammered bottom club Houghton by nine wickets on Saturday, courtesy of Indian pro Siddharth Chitnis (4-50 and 31 not out).

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Kyle Davis in magnificent form to lead Eppleton to stunning Banks Salver victory over Newcastle

Kyle Davis hit an astonishing 196 not out to steer Eppleton into the Banks Salver semi-finals yesterday.

Jonny Bairstow

Bairstow ton has Yorkshire on top against Durham

An absorbing day of County Championship cricket edged Yorkshire’s way after a sublime Jonny Bairstow century left the champions on 329-6 after day one against Durham.

Durham veteran Paul Collingwood

Refreshed Durham ready for huge Championship date with title rivals Yorkshire

Captain Paul Collingwood knows Durham will have to be at their very best to triumph in their top-of-the-table LV County Championship Division One clash with Yorkshire, starting tomorrow.

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Junior cricket: Percival, Akers prove the Harbour masters for dominant Easington

Easington got the better of Seaham Harbour in the Durham Cricket Board’s Under-18 South East Division.

Scott Borthwick tries to get Durham going in last night's T20 defeat to Lancashire. Picture by Craig Leng

stoneman blasts sad jets: we butchered it!

Stoneman left gutted by Durham Jets’ T20 failure against Lancashire Lightning

Josh Coughlin shows style in his batting

Premier League U21s march on as Daniel Anderson and Josh Coughlin lead the way

The North East Premier League Under-21s outgunned the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League in the Under-21s Inter-League competition.

Whitburn squad members (back left-right) Ross Carty, Daniel Sherburn, Daniel Woolston, Andrew Turns, Scott Condy and Neil Ayre, (front left-right) Mark Elliott, Lee Henderson, Michael Turns, Luke Smith and Andrew Brandt Picture: DAVID WOOD

NE Premier League: Hetton Lyons target safety surge in crunch Whitburn showdown

ThePremier Division season reaches the half way point on Saturday when teams play match day 11 of 22.

Whitburn bowler Keiran Waterson bowls Tynemouth opener Phil Morse at Whitburn on Saturday

NE Premier League: Sunderland skipper looks to maintain form surge to steer clear of trouble

It’s taken a while, but the sun is at last shining for Sunderland after they emerged from one of the gloomiest periods in their history with two successive victories.

Dawdon Cricket Club captain Stephen Gale.

Durham Cricket League: Change of captaincy leads to change of fortune for newcomers Houghton

A change in leadership was followed by a change in fortune for Houghton.

Yorkshire's Jonny  Bairstow celebrates catching Nottinghamshire's Steven Mullaney behind.

Gillespie is full of praise for ruthless Yorkshire

BRILLIANT. Breathtaking. Brutal.

Yorkshire's Jonny  Bairstow celebrates catching Nottinghamshire's Steven Mullaney behind.

Girls’ soft ball cricket tournament set for Eppleton

Durham Cricket Board will stage an eight-a side girls under-13s soft ball competition at Eppleton on Sunday, July 5 (starting at 1pm).

Covers get put over the wicket just after the tea break during the match between Ryhope and Peterlee on Saturday.

Durham Cricket League: Hylton scare Dawdon in dramatic finish

There was a little bit of madness thrown into the midsummer’s day Division One programme yesterday.

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Durham Cricket League: Seaham Park maintain title push with double delight

Seaham Park’s Division Two promotion bandwagon is gathering momentum, with two more victories lifting them 46 points clear at the top.

Tynesmouth batsman Phil Morse edges past Whitburn's slip fielders off the bowling of Keiran Waterson  on Saturday

NE Premier League: Feat of Clay helps Lyons ease fears with welcome first victory

Hetton Lyons are finally off the mark in the Premier Division, securing a first win after 10 games on Saturday.

Whitburn bowler Scott Condy in action against Tynemouth on Saturday

NE Premier League: Washington, Eppleton on march in title chase

There was a complete change of scenery at the top of the First Division as the two sides still proudly holding unbeaten records rose to the top of the pile after defeating their closest challengers.

Ryan Sidebottom.

Andrew Gale: We’re in good shape to put in a big push over the next month

WE have got a tough period coming up at Yorkshire and I think that the lads will be glad of that.

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Scott Borthwick

Scott Borthwick admits he prefers wickets to runs after Durham heroics

Scott Borthwick insists he still sees himself as a leg spinner more than a batsman after helping Durham retain their lead at the top of the County Championship table.

Mark Wood

Durham duo Mark Wood and Ben Stokes in England pre-Ashes squad

DURHAM’S Mark Wood and Ben Stokes are in England’s 14-man pre-Ashes training camp.

Chris Rushworth took six Sussex wickets

Rushworth, Borthwick and Muchall lift Durham into great position

First Division leaders Durham are on course to claim their sixth win of the season – despite a stunning burst of four wickets in 15 balls from Sussex seamer Steve Magoffin.

Roy Simpson with his grandchildren Luke Nesbitt and Lily Nicholson, who are pupils at Shotton Hall.

Cricket-lover Roy is hit for six by MBE

An education and cricket stalwart has spoken of his pride after being awarded an MBE.

Gordon Muchall

Gordon Muchall lifts Durham at Sussex

Gordon Muchall helped marshall some late resistance to boost leaders Durham’s hopes on the opening day of their championship game against Sussex at Arundel Castle.

Durham City Under-13s' cup final-winning team

Junior cricket: Eppleton pipped by Durham City in U13s final

Durham City held off a determined Eppleton team to win the Durham Cricket Board Under-13s Central Division Cup final at Washington.

Durham Jets celebrate the 1st catch during the NatWest T20 Blast played at The Emirates as Durham Jets entertained Worcestershire Rapids. Picture by FRANK REID

Rapids hold on tight to see off Durham Jets

Clusters of wickets at crucial times proved the Durham Jets’ downfall as they lost by three runs to the Worcestershire Rapids in the T20 Blast.

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Junior cricket: Laws, Stuart steer Ashbrooke youngsters home by eight wickets against Eppleton

Sunderland secured a notable eight-wicket win over Eppleton in the Durham Cricket Board Under-15s Central Division.

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NE Premier League: Hossain jets in to make Boldon debut

Buoyant Boldon look set to unveil their new overseas signing in their home game against Willington tomorrow, with Bangladeshi international Mosharraf Hossain set to make his debut.

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NE Premier League: Something’s got to give as league’s top two lock horns

All roads lead to Ropery Lane on Saturday when the two big guns of NEPL cricket clash head on in the Premier Division’s undoubted match-of-the-day.

Durham's Paul Collingwood.

Collingwood is hoping Durham Jets overcome the Rapids tonight

Durham Jets are aiming for a second victory under the bright lights at Emirates Durham ICG when they take on Worcestershire Rapids tonight (7pm start).

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Durham Cricket League: No storming the Castle as Eden are on a roll

Castle Eden are riding high after three consecutive maximum points victories lifted them eight places up the Division One table and into top spot.

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Durham Cricket League: Seaham Park in great form ahead of Burnopfield clash

Seaham Park are building up a tremendous head of steam in Division Two of the Readers Durham Cricket League, with three consecutive 30-point victories keeping them in the top two ahead of Saturday’s trip to one of their main rivals, star-studded Burnopfield.

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Junior cricket: Fyfe on fire, but Yorkshire outgun Durham U15s

Durham Under-15s suffered another defeat, going down by four wickets at the hands of Yorkshire in the ECB County Cup.

Paul Coughlin celebrates dismissing Somerset batsman James Hildreth. Picture by Tim Richardson

Class act Coughlin the hero as career-best figures inspire magnificent success

The margin was 120 runs and well within the scheduled four days, but the result does not paint a complete picture of Durham’s crushing LV County Championship win over Somerset.

Paul Coughlin appeals for a wicket

Hastings helps revive Durham

For all intents and purposes, Durham were down and out. On the ropes at effectively 65-6 on Day Two against Somerset, there was seemingly no route back.

Hylton V Boldon CA Cricket

Hylton Batsmen, Gary Frater (green hat) and Alan Mustard and Boldon bowler, Sean Gleeson

Durham Cricket League: Captain fantastic Mustard inspires Hylton cruise against bottom club Boldon CA

Hylton handed out another heavy First Division defeat to struggling bottom club Boldon CA on Saturday.

Eppleton batsmen Gary Burlinson (blue hat) and Kamran Shah (black hat) go for a run against Seaham Harbour

NE Premier League: Turner, Cessford on song, but Cestrians draw sees lead cut

Chester-le-Street let slip seven of their 29-point lead at the top of the Premier Division after being held to a draw by fellow championship hopefuls Benwell Hill.

Hylton batsmen Gary Frater (green hat) and Alan Mustard (blue hat) go for a quick run, watched by Boldon bowler Stuart Johnson

Durham Cricket League: Red-hot Race keeps sparkling Seaham Park on right road

Second-top Seaham Park maintained their impressive start to the Second Division season on Saturday, handing out a 99-run defeat to Murton – to stay on the coat-tails of leaders Ryhope.

Seaham Harbour's Craig Stephenson fails with a spectacular attempted catch against Eppleton's Gary Burlinson

ashbrooke agony

Sunderland are casting anxious glances towards the Durham Cricket League after a fifth defeat in eight outings ensured they remained anchored to the foot of the First Division.

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