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English Cricket Board seek solution to Durham's financial problems

Durham County Cricket Club Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

English cricket bosses are bidding to find a solution to the money problems that have threatened the future of Durham County Cricket Club.

Last week Durham agreed a financial aid package with the English Cricket Board and were relegated as part of a range of sanctions.

But deals still need to be worked out with the club's other creditors and the ECB has asked them to support their suggested solution.

One of the club's creditors is Durham County Council:

We need to put that in front of out members and they need to weigh up the pros and cons of what's in that letter. We'll look to make a decision as quickly as possible around that. We'll be balancing the money we're owed with keeping a viable cricket club, because the best chance we have of getting our money back is making sure first class cricket stays in the north east.

– Ian Thompson, Durham County Council

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Good luck to Great Ayton Cricket Club!

Club Captain Chris Batchelor Credit: Great Ayton CC

This weekend (Saturday 17th September) Great Ayton Cricket Club are taking on Pudsey St Lawrence in the Yorkshire Premier League Trophy.

The Play Off Final takes place at Headingly Cricket Ground with the winners qualifying to go to Abu Dhabi to play in the final.

Best of luck to all involved!

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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.

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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