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
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
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
Few know the pitch at Chester-le-street better than Michael Di Venuto, Australia’s batting coach who joined Durham in 2007
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
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
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 Don Robson last night told of his pride as the region prepared for its first Ashes Test – fulfilling a 20-year dream
Though England have already retained the Ashes, excitement abounds ahead of the fourth Test at the Emirates ICG
A North East community is buzzing with excitement as it prepares to welcome thousands of cricket fans for the Fourth Test of the Ashes
Cricket star Graeme Swann is lending his support to the charity of one of the North East's most-loved sporting heroes
England's Ashes-winning cricketers could give a £20m boost to the North East economy
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
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
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
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's high-scoring win over Derbyshire has shown their resilience in the face of adversity
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 are being sought to help stage one of the biggest sporting events due to be held in the North East this year.
GRAHAM Onions admits he is still “desperate” to play for England, although he admits to feeling a “long way off” national team recognition.
HE has been the world’s best bowler, struck fear in the hearts of cricket’s greatest batsmen and twice won the Ashes.
FROM back-street cricket heroes to double title winning stars – it’s the untold fairytale of Durham County Cricket Club’s rise to greatness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DURHAM have struggled as the underdog since they became a first class county, but every dog has its day and this was theirs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
England coach Peter Moores is confident Andrew Flintoff will be back in action before the end of the summer.
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, 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).
It speaks volumes for Gareth Breese that he seems so happy with his lot right now.
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.
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.