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Stokes: "It's nice to come back to my roots"

Ben Stokes says that he never thought twice about saying yes when he was asked to attend the opening of the new pavilion at Wetheral Cricket Club:

Ben Stokes makes surprise appearance at Wetheral Cricket Club

Ben Stokes Credit: ITV Border

England all rounder Ben Stokes surprised and delighted dozens of young fans in Cumbria on Friday night, when he turned up to open their new cricket pavilion.

The 24 year old who grew up in Cockermouth, returned home to officially unveil the new facilities at Wetheral Cricket Club.

Stokes meeting young fans Credit: ITV Border

Fans young and old, queued up to get their bat and balls signed by the star, who was part of the England winning Ashes side in the summer.

He told ITV Border that when invited to come along he said yes straight away because he and the whole of the England team, want people to fall in love with cricket again.

The new pavilion at Wetheral Cricket Club Credit: ITV Border

Ben Stokes bowls career best during Ashes triumph

England's Ashes-winning players celebrated an unforgettable Ashes success at Trent Bridge, taking the final three wickets to seal an-innings-and-78-run win and an unassailable 3-1 lead with a game to spare.

Durham's Mark Wood and Ben Stokes celebrate after winning the Ashes. Credit: PA

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes picked up his sixth wicket of the innings when he had Mitchell Starc caught by Ian Bell at second slip. It earned him his career best in bowling with six wickets for 36 runs in the second innings.

Fellow Durham teammate Mark Wood, from Ashington, then cleaned up Josh Hazlewood for a duck. He followed it up by the all important final wicket, scattering Nathan Lyon's stumps before wheeling away in celebration.

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After the win England's record wicket-taker, James Anderson, told Sky Sports: "It was amazing. What a feeling going round the field. Ben Stokes' performance in the second innings was incredible. I can't believe we've managed to achieve it."


Stokes bowls England to brink of Ashes victory

Ben Stokes Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

A devastating spell of bowling from Cockermouth's Ben Stokes has put England on the brink of Ashes glory.

The Durham all-rounder tore through Australia's batting line-up this afternoon claiming five second innings wickets including those of opener David Warner and star batsman Steve Smith.

Australia are now 241-7 at the end of day two of the Fourth Ashes Test - still 90 runs behind England.

The hosts currently lead the five match series 2-1 so victory at Trent Bridge - which England are now all but certain to secure tomorrow - will see them win back the Ashes that were lost Down Under in 2013/14.

Ben Stokes catches out the Aussies

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes' superb catch on day one of the Third Ashes Test Credit: PA

Ben Stokes took a stunning catch on day one of the Third Ashes Test match as Australia were bowled out for just 60.

The Durham all-rounder who grew up in Cockermouth caught Adam Voges at fifth slip off the bowling of Chris Broad who took eight wickets.

Ben Stokes celebrates his sensational catch Credit: PA

Stokes took another slip catch to take the wicket of Nathan Lyon to finish off the Australian innings at Trent Bridge.

England will now hope to build a big first innings lead which would put them in pole position to re-claim the Ashes.

Cumbrian Cricketer Ben Stokes has been dismissed in the Ashes

Ben Stokes lasts just two balls on day two of the third test Credit: PA

Ben Stokes has been dismissed after just two balls by fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.

Stokes fell for a duck in the midst of a remarkable performance for Johnson, who now becomes the fifth Australian to take 300 wickets in test cricket.

The New Zealand born Stokes first moved to Cockermouth when his father, Gerard Stokes, moved to the area to become coach at Working Town RLFC.

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.

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