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Alastair Cook becomes first England batsman to 10,000 test runs

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Alastair Cook has become the first Englishman, and youngest batsman worldwide to reach 10,000 Test runs.

Cook achieved the feat on the fourth afternoon of the second Investec Test at Chester-le-Street when he tucked Nuwan Pradeep for a boundary to midwicket from the sixth ball he faced as England closed on a series-sealing victory.

At 31 years and 157 days, England captain Cook has displaced India great Sachin Tendulkar as the youngest player to reach five-figures in Tests.

He is 12th in the all-time list of leading Test runscorers, and still almost another 6,000 adrift of Tendulkar at the top.

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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.

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.

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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.

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