Thrilling finale to Durham Ashes Test

For more than 20 years North East cricket fans have dreamt of Ashes cricket in their own backyard. None could have imagined it would be like this

Durham look to get back on track

TWENTY20 cricket has been the death knell of many a county season, but Mark Stoneman is determine to ensure it does not derail Durham’s YB40 campaign

Historic day as the Ashes comes to Chester-le-Street

Thousands of cricket fans descended on the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground in Chester-le-Street for the first day of the five-day event which, if England win, would mean outright victory in the series

Local knowledge from Di Venuto can assist Australia at Chester-le-Street

Few know the pitch at Chester-le-street better than Michael Di Venuto, Australia’s batting coach who joined Durham in 2007

Ben Stokes tipped to star for England in The Ashes

Unless Graham Onions gets the nod this morning, Chester-le-Street’s first Ashes Test will be its first five-day game not to feature a Durham player

Turning batting talent into tons is big puzzler for Di Venuto

Michael Di Venuto tells Stuart Rayner that Australia’s current crop of batsmen are the most skilful yet. Turning them into the most effective is his challenge

Graham Onions won’t get on the Ashes team sheet as a home crowd pleaser

Today the North East hosts its first Ashes Test but sentiment will play no part in deciding whether the only locals are watching from the stands

Former council leader bowled over as his Ashes dream comes true

Former council leader Don Robson last night told of his pride as the region prepared for its first Ashes Test – fulfilling a 20-year dream

Graham Onions relishing the Ashes at Durham

Though England have already retained the Ashes, excitement abounds ahead of the fourth Test at the Emirates ICG

70,000 fans head to Durham for The Ashes

A North East community is buzzing with excitement as it prepares to welcome thousands of cricket fans for the Fourth Test of the Ashes

Graeme Swann supports Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Cricket star Graeme Swann is lending his support to the charity of one of the North East's most-loved sporting heroes

Ashes Test will give the North East a big lift

England's Ashes-winning cricketers could give a £20m boost to the North East economy

Graham Onions gets nod for Ashes battle

England have included Durham's Graham Onions and fellow bowler Chris Tremlett in the squad for the fourth Investec Test at the Emirates Durham ICG at Chester-le-Street

Geoffrey Boycott: North East could become no-go zone for Test cricket

Friday will be a momentous day in the history of North East sport as the region hosts an Ashes Test for the first time. But one of cricket's leading voices tells Stuart Rayner that English Test cricket is in danger of becoming a southern sport

Dawning of a new era with Test cricket at Riverside

Ten years ago Durham became the first addition to England’s Test circuit for over a century. Stuart Rayner talks to the forgotten hero of a historic occasion

When Harmison fulfilled the Test dream

Of all the pioneers of Durham’s emergence as a First-Class county, none had a better view of its first Test match than Stephen Harmison

Durham make a habit of thriving in adversity

Durham's high-scoring win over Derbyshire has shown their resilience in the face of adversity

Jon Lewis delight as Graham Onions is back on the Ashes menu

Graham Onions is in many ways the ideal man to have a bit of a bowl at an Australian when the Ashes start on Wednesday

Volunteers wanted for Ashes Test match at Durham County Cricket Club

VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help stage one of the biggest sporting events due to be held in the North East this year.

I’d love to make the Ashes – Graham Onions

GRAHAM Onions admits he is still “desperate” to play for England, although he admits to feeling a “long way off” national team recognition.

Harmison backing non-league football campaign

HE has been the world’s best bowler, struck fear in the hearts of cricket’s greatest batsmen and twice won the Ashes.

How Durham joined cricket’s exclusive county set

FROM back-street cricket heroes to double title winning stars – it’s the untold fairytale of Durham County Cricket Club’s rise to greatness.

Massive blood clot led to death

A GRIEVING father last night told how his student daughter died just three weeks after fracturing her ankle while trying on new shoes she had bought for her graduation ceremony.

Harmison left out of the Test

STEVE Harmison has been left out of the England side for the First Test against Sri Lanka which started this morning as coach Peter Moores was unwilling to take a risk with the fast bowler, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Drama on pitch and page

THE great debate is raging in the North-East as readers cast their votes in The Journal’s new series to find the region’s favourites.

My top 10 - Peter Beardsley

IT’S a fair bet that when many people compile their list of the top 10 sporting moments in history, quite a few people in the North-East would include Newcastle United and England legend Peter Beardsley.

Uncertain future for rebel Dale

DURHAM captain Dale Benkenstein’s future at the Riverside has been thrown into question following his decision to sign up for the controversial Indian Cricket League.

Mustard in shock over England call

HE was expecting to spend his winter honing his batting in India, but Phil Mustard believes there is a place “up for grabs” as England’s Test wicketkeeper after instead being one of four players promoted to the five-day squad for the first time after impressing in the limited overs series win over Sri Lanka.

Harmison blasts skipper’s critics

STEVE Harmison has rounded on England captain Paul Collingwood’s critics as he insisted England’s one-day series win in Sri Lanka had been soured by those who began it calling for his Durham team-mate to be sacked.

Triumphant Durham no longer the underdogs

DURHAM have struggled as the underdog since they became a first class county, but every dog has its day and this was theirs.

Harmison’s still got Lord’s hope

AN operation on Stephen Harmison’s injured hernia may have ended the fast bowler’s international season, but the Ashington Express will not give up on playing in a Lord’s final for Durham.

Sport in North is losing out

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SPORTS charities in the North-East are set to lose out on millions of pounds in funding as Lottery cash is diverted to the London 2012 Olympics.

Morgan to take top job at ICC

David Morgan's confirmation as the next president of the International Cricket Council is expected to spark a search to find his successor as the leading figure in English cricket.

Thunder coach's promise

Gateshead Thunder coach Dave Woods expects last week's 18-6 win over Hunslett Hawks to mark the start of an up-turn in fortunes with a raft of reinforcements expected in the coming weeks.

High hopes for Flintoff

England coach Peter Moores is confident Andrew Flintoff will be back in action before the end of the summer.

Kevin's worry for captain

Kevin Pietersen has accused Duncan Fletcher of neglecting one-day cricket during his time as England coach and admitted the new captain faces "one heck of a job" to turn the ship around.

Durham look to hit the heights

Durham, bidding to reach their first Lord's final today, are confident they will continue to make progress on and off the pitch, (writes Jeff Bowron).

Breese out to be one-day wonder

It speaks volumes for Gareth Breese that he seems so happy with his lot right now.

Club is taking strides - Leach

Today's Friends Provident Trophy semi-final is arguably the biggest game in Durham's history but chairman Clive Leach is determined it should just be the latest step in the club's progression.

Dynamic duo set England on course

One is so over-enthusiastic he looks like an excitable child, the other is so laid back he can sometimes look like an ambivalent teenager, but England were once again indebted to their odd couple as they secured a 3-0 series win over the West Indies.


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