The weather was glorious. Thousands of fans packed into the ground. England won the toss, chose to bat first - and they were off.
The Ashes are coming to town for the first time in their history. But what are they and why do they matter?
The arrival of the England and Australia cricket teams in Chester-le-Street comes amid accusations players have tried to cheat.
England may have lost the Ashes, but every cloud has a sliver lining and in their case it is the performance of Durham's Ben Stokes.
The 22-year-old hit his maiden test century against Australia at Waca. It was also England's first hundred of the series so far.
Stokes went on to score 120 before being dismissed by Nathan Lyon. England lost the match, and the series to Australia, but Stokes' performance went down well on both sides of the world.
Jon Lewis, the first team coach from Durham County Cricket Club say he's been exceptional.
Durham cricketer Ben Stokes celebrates after scoring a maiden test century for England against Australia at Waca in the Third Ashes test.
A great day for the Aust cricket team, well done boys. Wrap it up tomorrow. Congrats to young Ben Stokes for showing some fight too #ashes
Durham cricketer Ben Stokes has been widely praised on twitter after reaching a maiden test century for England in the Third Ashes test at Waca, Australia.
The 22-year-old achieved a score of 120 before being caught out by Brad Haddin. England then went on to lose the test and the series after going 3-0 down.
However, Stokes has been widely praised for his efforts:
An ENG star has been born here at the WACA! His name - @benstokes38.. Quite brilliant from him!
England's women beat Australia by seven wickets in their final international T20 match in Durham, to round off a victorious Ashes series.
The England side had already secured a series win before they travelled to the North East, so collected their Ashes trophy after the game at the Durham Emirates ICG.
The England and Australia teams have arrived in Durham ahead of the Women's Ashes.
The home team regained the trophy after beating Australia by five wickets in their second Twenty20 match.
England are leading the series 10-4 ahead of the final Twenty20 game at Durham tomorrow. (Saturday)
The format of the women's Ashes series is different to the men's series, which was won in Durham this month.
It started badly for England in 2013, but the team revived and won the series with one match in hand in Southampton yesterday. The final Twenty20 will be played in Chester-le-Street tomorrow.
- Test match: DRAW
- 1st One Day International: AUS WON by 27 runs
- 2nd One Day International: ENG WON by 51 runs
- 3rd One Day International: *ENG WON *by 5 wickets
- 1st T20: ENG WON by 15 runs
- 2nd T20: ENG WON (to regain Ashes) by 5 wickets
- 3rd T20: *31 Aug, Chester-le-Street *
England's women cricketers are arriving in the North East ahead of tomorrow's final Ashes match at Chester-le-Street.
The team, led by Charlotte Edwards, won the series and regained the Ashes yesterday in Southampton. They will play the final Twenty20 match tomorrow at the Durham Emirates ICG in a double-header with the men's team, who take on Australia in their own Twenty20 in the afternoon.
The England cricket team are celebrating after winning the Ashes series in Chester-le-Street last night, August 12.
The vast clean-up operation started at the ground and there was a surprise visitor.
Watch Dan Ashby's report here:
England's cricketers have congratulated Durham on hosting the Ashes test which won them the series last night.
Spin bowler Graeme Swann, whose family hail from the North East, said on Twitter there was no better place for the victory.
No better place to win the ashes than the North East, just 15 mins from the Toon! #howaythelads
Durham and England cricketer Graham Onions, who was in the squad but did not play, said he was "unbelievably proud".
Huge congratulations to England & to @durhamcricket for hosting such a great test match. Feel unbelievably proud to be from the north east