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From the archives: Ben Stokes as a youngster

Ben Stokes' dazzling century gave England one of their most remarkable Test win's at Lord's over the weekend.

The 23-year-old Cumbrian's performance has led to comparisons with one of the sports all-time greats, Ian Botham.

Ben grew up in Cockermouth and we've found a video of him as a teenager in 2005 when he was called up to the England under-15s squad.

Watch it here:

If you're wondering about the second teenager in the video, he's called Jordan Clark and currently plays county cricket for Lancashire.


Cricket festival for Carlisle children

Schoolchildren from Cumbria have been put through their paces at Carlisle Cricket Club, where they've been taking part in a quick cricket festival.

A total of 19 schools took part, with around 200 pupils at the event.

Organisers hope the tournament will inspire more young people to get involved in the sport, which saw a drop in the overall number of players last year:

Stokes shines in Lord's test

Ben Stokes was called up to play for England earlier this year Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes finished with figures of two for forty on day two of the second test against India at Lord's. India were eventually bowled out for 295 in their first innings.

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England's cricketers finally claim win in Australia

Ben Stokes hit 70 with the bat before taking four wickets to be crowned man of the match as Australia's cricketers finally tasted defeat. Credit: Ross Swanborough/AAP/Press Association

England's much-maligned cricketers finally have reason for small cheer after the one day international (ODI) team recorded a rare victory to avoid another embarrassing whitewash on their tour of Australia.

Alastair Cook's side went into the game in Perth 3-0 down to Australia in the already surrendered five-game ODI series, which followed the 5-0 Ashes humbling of the Test team.

But the tourists finally outplayed their hosts, hitting 316-8 before bowling Australia out for 259 to claim a 57-run win.


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Stokes celebrates claiming sixth wicket

The England and Wales Cricket Board posted this picture on Twitter of Ashes debutant Ben Stokes claiming his sixth wicket for just 99 runs:

Australia were all out for 326 on the first day of the fifth Test in Sydney.

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