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Ben Stokes named as one of Wisden's top five cricketers of the year

Ben Stokes celebrates trapping Australia's Peter Nevill LBW during the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge last year Credit: PA

Durham County Cricket Club's Ben Stokes has been named as one of Wisden's top five cricket players of the year.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, known as the cricket world's 'bible', praised the 28-year-old's 'string of match-changing performances' for England last year.

Stokes scored 258 against South Africa in Cape Town in just 198 balls.

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Durham cricket pioneer Don Robson dies aged 82

Don Robson in 2013 Credit: ITV News

Former Durham County Council leader Don Robson has died at the age of 82.

He is remembered as being one of the driving forces in bringing county cricket to Durham.

Mr Robson was among those who campaigned for having the ground at Chester-le-Street and he helped raise the money to build it.

As Leader of Durham County Council, he was behind the redevelopment of the area and the creation of thousands of jobs after the loss of the coal mines.

Mr Robson pioneered massive reclamation schemes to make the county green and helped to develop a thriving tourist industry.

His work drove the acceleration of economic and social achievement in the county.

Kingsley Smith, who worked with Mr Robson as Chief Executive of Durham County Council for over 20 years, paid tribute to his sharp wit, great humour and political will.

It was an honour and privilege to work with Don. He devoted his life to improving the life of people in the county and the North East.

He was a man of integrity and honesty. He always kept his word.

He had great leadership, warmth and humour he was loved and respected by everyone who knew him."

– Kingsley Smith

Don Robson leaves a wife and 2 adult children.

Celebrities tweet praise after Stokes double century

A host of high profile cricketers and celebrities have tweeted praise of Ben Stokes, after his stunning double century against South Africa.

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Yorkshire win County Championship for second year running

Ryan Sidebottom fired Yorkshire's second-successive County Championship title march with a three-wicket maiden in the opening over against Middlesex at Lord's.

Yorkshire win their second consecutive LV CC Championship Credit: YCCC

Yorkshire retained their title as rivals Nottinghamshire collapsed against Durham, with former England seamer Sidebottom's opening salvo proving pivotal.

Sidebottom passed 700 first-class wickets with five for 18 as Yorkshire were confirmed as champions when Nottinghamshire slipped to 204 all-out against Durham at Trent Bridge.

Despite securing the title, Yorkshire must wait until the completion of the match to get their hands on the trophy.

Head coach Gillespie's men still have two more championship fixtures to play following their Lord's fixture, and will now target setting a record points total for the county game's top flight.

Brave Durham beaten by Middlesex in County Championship

Middlesex consolidated second place in LV= County Championship Division One after surviving a nervy start at Chester-le-Street to beat Durham by 71 runs.

James Harris took four of the remaining five wickets to finish with five for 71, his third five-wicket haul of the season, which included nine for 34 in the home win against Durham.

In the first 55 minutes, Scott Borthwick and Ryan Pringle added 56 runs and at 190 for five, with 118 needed, Durham were in the ascendancy. But 50 minutes later it was all over.

A Harris yorker took out Pringle's off stump after the all-rounder had hit three fours in a Tim Murtagh over in reaching 36.

While Toby Roland-Jones kept it tight, there were also 13 runs off Harris' first over before he struck with the first ball of his second.

Borthwick, on 68 overnight, reached 1,000 championship runs after moving to 83 but he fell for 95 when he drove at a gentle swinger from Neil Dexter and edged to John Simpson.

The wicketkeeper then held a leg-side catch when John Hastings gloved a short ball from Harris to depart for eight.

Chris Rushworth fended Harris to gully, leaving debut boy James Weighell to play a few shots after taking 17 balls to get off the mark. He reached 24 before skying Harris to Paul Stirling at deep backward square to end Durham's innings on 236.

Ashes 2015: Mark Wood and Ben Stokes continue success

History will have to be hard-earned if England are to win four home Ashes Tests for the first time after Australia dug in effectively to reached 242-3 on the opening day of the Fifth Test.

Durham cricketers Mark Wood and Ben Stokes took one wicket each, as the tourists sought to put behind them the miserable performance with which they lost the urn at Trent Bridge.

Mark Wood (L) and Ben Stokes (R) celebrating their wickets. Credit: PA

Ashington born Wood took England's first wicket of the day - Chris Rogers for 43 run.

The opener, David Warner was eventually dismissed by Moeen Ali after earning 75 runs.

Skipper Michael Clarke, playing in his final Test, made 15 runs before Ben Stokes had him caught behind.

Steve Smith (78 not out) and Adam Voges (47 not out) will continue batting for Australia at the Kia Oval from 11am, August 21st.

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