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Stokes' county side relegated

Cockermouth all-rounder Ben Stokes, plays for Durham County Credit: PA

Durham County cricket club have been relegated from Division One in the County Championship over financial issues.

The club has accepted a £3.8m financial aid package.

The team, who have Cockermouth's England all-rounder Ben Stokes in their ranks, have also lost the right to stage Test cricket at their Riverside ground.

They will start next season in Division Two with a 48-point deduction.

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Ben Stokes 'devastated about injury'

Cumbrian cricketer Ben Stokes says he is "devastated" about an injury that has ruled him out of England's third Investec Test against Pakistan.

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Cumbrian cricket star ruled out of England squad

Cumbrian cricket player, Ben Stokes, has been replaced on the England Squad due to a knee injury.

The England all-rounder has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, with Chris Woakes taking his place.

Stokes will miss the test match on his home ground at Durham. There is currently no timescale for how long the 24-year-old will be unable to play.

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NZ radio hosts suspended over Stokes row

Ben Stokes Credit: PA

Two radio hosts in New Zealand have been given a one-day suspension after broadcasting a rant from Cockermouth cricketer Ben Stokes’ mother- without her permission.

Deborah Stokes phoned the Auckland-based radio station to make a complaint against the two presenters, who had been mocking Stokes for his performance in the World T20 final.

She was told that her call was off-air, however she was actually put through to the on-air studio and the row was broadcast live.

In the phonecall, Mrs Stokes says she's “totally brassed off” by the way the presenters talked about her son.

"It's not even about the cricket. It's about the personal attack on him. They called him arrogant and then they called him some sort of name. They don't know him! They wouldn't have a blooming clue."

– Deborah Stokes talking on the radio

The presenters have been taken off-air for one day as a result.

Read about the messages of support for Ben Stokes following the defeat, here.

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