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Ben Stokes out for 87

Ben Stokes hits out. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ben Stokes has been bowled out for 87, in the second Ashes test match at Lords.

He's led the charge for England, who are fighting back after Australia declared at 566 for 8.

England are now on 179 for 5, and are trailing by 387 runs.

Stokes hits half century

Stokes raises his bat to the crowd after reaching 50. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ben Stokes has hit a half century at Lords, during day three of the Ashes.

The Cumbrian cricketer, who was raised in Cockermouth, is currently on 69 not out.

England are digging in against Australia, are are on 139 for 4.

They've still got a mountain to climb in the second test though, as Australia declared at 566 for 8 yesterday.


Keeping Cumbria batting

There's a decline in the number of people playing cricket. Credit: ITV Border

With the ashes just around the corner, local cricket organisations are considering how to get more people involved in the game.

Cumbria Cricket Limited is currently dealing with a decline in the number of people playing cricket.

Participation is down seven per cent according to a recent survey and some feel the game needs to adapt in order to survive.

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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