Live LIVE BLOG: Durham in the Royal London Cup final

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Saturday 20th September 2014

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson provides live coverage as Durham take on Warwickshire in the Royal London Cup final

Durham boosted as Bell is ruled out of one-day final

The Northern Echo: UNAVAILABLE: Ian Bell will not be facing Durham in the Royal London Cup final after his toe injury failed to heal

3:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

DURHAM received an early boost ahead of today’s Royal London Cup final when Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell was ruled out with a broken toe yesterday afternoon.

ECB set dangerous precedent by charging skipper

The Northern Echo:

10:57am Friday 19th September 2014

THE England and Wales Cricket Board are opening up a huge can of worms by levelling a racism charge at Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale.

Warwickshire give Bell time to face Durham

The Northern Echo:

10:56am Friday 19th September 2014

WARWICKSHIRE will wait as long as possible before deciding whether to risk England batsman Ian Bell in tomorrow’s Royal London Cup final against Durham at Lord’s.

Yorkshire will back Gale

The Northern Echo: Picture by Allan McKenzie/ - 16/05/2014 - Cricket - NatWest T20 Blast, North Division - Yorkshire Vikings v Northamptonshire Steelbacks - Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds, England - Yorkshire's Andrew Gale. (8537659)

10:54am Friday 19th September 2014

YORKSHIRE have confirmed that they are fully behind Andrew Gale in his fight against a charge of racism from the ECB’s Cricket Disciplinary Commission.

A Lord's win would be icing on the cake for a downright silly week in Durham's history – Around The Wicket

The Northern Echo: Day 3 of County Championship match between Durham and Northants at the Durham ICG, Chester-le-Street  -  Durham's players celebrate match victory after Chase takes the final wicket of Northants' Wagner.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (10491362)

4:06pm Thursday 18th September 2014

HAVING grumbled darkly about relegation in the wake of the one wicket defeat to Lancashire, this week was one of the most enjoyable and silly Durham have had in recent years and they haven’t even been to Lord’s yet.

Gale could miss Yorkshire celebrations

The Northern Echo: Andrew Gale has admitted to being gutted at missing Yorkshire's final two championship games

11:57am Thursday 18th September 2014

YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale has been charged with a racism offence by the ECB, it has been reported.

Rich reward for Tykes’ top all-rounder Pyrah

The Northern Echo:

11:56am Thursday 18th September 2014

RICH PYRAH has been granted a benefit year in 2015 by Yorkshire.

It’s a Rush job! 15 wickets in a day for Durham bowler

The Northern Echo:

11:47am Thursday 18th September 2014

GIVING up the demon drink has evidently worked wonders for Durham bowler Chris Rushworth, who twice routed spineless Northamptonshire yesterday to storm into the record books.

It's remarkable from Rushworth

The Northern Echo:

6:57pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

CHRIS Rushworth’s remarkable 15-wicket haul propelled Durham to a third successive championship win yesterday and lifted them, however briefly, to fourth in the table.

Durham v Northamptonshire

2:34pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

CHRIS Rushworth, without a five-wicket haul this season, routed Northamptonshire by taking nine for 52, the second best figures in Durham’s first-class history.

Durham v Northamptonshire (day three, lunch)

12:43pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM failed by eight runs to pick up the fifth batting point this morning when they were all out for 392, but Chris Rushworth quickly reduced Northants to 48 for three.

Borthwick reaches Durham landmark

The Northern Echo:

10:48am Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM’S man in form, Scott Borthwick, yesterday sympathised with the colleague he keeps replacing at the crease in the first over.

Hastings unavailable for Lord’s final

The Northern Echo: : Durham batsman John Hastings in action against Warwickshire at Chester le Street. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8238984)

10:45am Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM heard yesterday that John Hastings will not be available for Saturday’s Royal London Cup final against Warwickshire at Lord’s.

Brooks hails Siddy

The Northern Echo: Yorskhire's Jack Brooks appeals during day three of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

10:43am Wednesday 17th September 2014

JACK BROOKS has hailed the influence of Ryan Sidebottom on Yorkshire’s County Championship- winning campaign, particularly their titleclinching win against Nottinghamshire last week.

Durham v Northamptonshire (day two, tea)

3:49pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

SCOTT Borthwick and Paul Collingwood continued their rich veins of form as they piled up the runs against hapless Northamptonshire this afternoon.

Durham v Northamptonshire (day two, lunch)

12:52pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

SCOTT Borthwick became the first Durham-born batsman to make 1,000 championship runs twice when he reached the landmark on 19 this morning.

Yorkshire pride for delighted Bairstow

The Northern Echo:

10:22am Tuesday 16th September 2014

JONNY BAIRSTOW is hoping Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship title triumph can be the first of many for a group of players primed for long-term success.

Mustard allowed a week off to prepare

The Northern Echo:

10:20am Tuesday 16th September 2014

DURHAM are resting Phil Mustard this week ahead of Saturday’s Royal London Cup final against Warwickshire at Lord’s.

Quakers are crowned

11:30am Monday 15th September 2014

DARLINGTON became the champions for the first time in 24 years, and for an historic 21st occasion, after Richmondshire’s bid to spoil the party ended unexpectedly. One day after Yorkshire were crowned County champions, the NYSD Premier title left the county for the first time in 15 years.

Financial incentives are in store for Durham squad

The Northern Echo:

11:42am Monday 15th September 2014

PRIDE and prizemoney are at stake for Durham in their last two LV= County Championship games, starting at home to Northamptonshire today.

Tykes get reward for change

11:40am Monday 15th September 2014

YORKSHIRE chairman Colin Graves has pointed to the change in the club’s coaching structure at the end of 2011 as a primary reason for their LV= County Championship title success this year.

Big fall as Fell miss the drop

11:31am Monday 15th September 2014

SORRY Sunderland will face life in the second tier of NEPL cricket for the first time after a shock relegation followed an escape by Gateshead Fell.

Banned Gale prevented him from lifting trophy

9:35am Saturday 13th September 2014

Yorkshire closed ranks behind suspended captain Andrew Gale after the England and Wales Cricket Board prevented him from lifting the County Championship trophy at Trent Bridge.

Yorkshire win first County Championship title in 13 years

The Northern Echo:

11:46am Friday 12th September 2014

YORKSHIRE have clinched their first LV= County Championship Division One since 2001 after defeating Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Middlesex v Durham (close)

3:03pm Friday 12th September 2014

DURHAM won by 141 runs and will be safe as long as Lancashire do not pull off an unlikely win at Hove, where Sussex are chasing a target of 251 in 59 overs.

Middlesex v Durham (day four, lunch)

12:44pm Friday 12th September 2014

MORE excellent bowling by Chris Rushworth helped Durham to close in on victory at Lord’s as he took three of the six wickets to fall this morning.

Durham edging closer to Division One safety

The Northern Echo: Gordon Muchall of Durham cuts from the bowling of Toby Roland-Jones of Middlesex

10:44am Friday 12th September 2014

AS DURHAM closed in on Division One safety at a murky Lord’s yesterday new arrival Varun Aaron must have wondered if he would be surplus to requirements.

Yorkshire close in on Championship title

The Northern Echo: Yorskhire's Jack Brooks appeals during day three of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

10:40am Friday 12th September 2014

Ryan Sidebottom closed in on the fourth title of his remarkable career by helping Yorkshire move within five wickets of the victory they require over Nottinghamshire to become county champions again.

Flintoff reveals bulimia battle

10:44am Friday 12th September 2014

Andrew Flintoff spent many of his days as an England cricketer battling bulimia.

Trip to Lord's will be a right Royal day out

The Northern Echo: Sam Robson of Middlesex is bowled by Chris Rushworth of Durham (10237481)

4:05pm Thursday 11th September 2014

WHEN Durham trudged off the Hove pitch late into the evening and way back on the 5th of August, there seemed little chance of never mind reaching Lords but of finishing the 50-over cup with anything resembling dignity.

Middlesex v Durham (day three, tea)

3:34pm Thursday 11th September 2014

DURHAM again lost a wicket in the final over before a break, but as Paul Collingwood had made an invaluable 58 the lead had been stretched to 319 with three wickets standing.

Middlesex v Durham (day three, lunch)

12:39pm Thursday 11th September 2014

WHILE Scott Borthwick dug in with his 1,000-run landmark approaching, Michael Richardson rode his luck after a sticky start for Durham this morning.

Yorkshire dismiss criticism and take iron grip on clash

The Northern Echo: Yorkshire's Jack Brooks (centre, with head band) celebrates taking the wicket of Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales during day two of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. SSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday S

10:46am Thursday 11th September 2014

TIM BRESNAN dismissed criticism of Yorkshire’s occupation of the crease after they dominated the second day of their crucial championship match against Nottinghamshire and moved within sight of the title.

Durham tempt Malan and wickets tumble at Lord's

The Northern Echo: Sam Robson of Middlesex is bowled by Chris Rushworth of Durham (10237481)

10:46am Thursday 11th September 2014

A THIGH injury to one-day captain Mark Stoneman ten days ahead of the Royal London Cup final cast a cloud over Durham’s progress at Lord’s yesterday.

Middlesex v Durham (day two, tea)

3:51pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

BEN Stokes bowled a 14-over spell this afternoon to take the two wickets which appear to have broken the back of Middlesex’s resistance.

Middlesex v Durham (day two, lunch)

12:35pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

DURHAM added only 29 runs as they lost their last three wickets at Lord’s this morning to be all out for 377.

Title-chasing Tykes on top after Lyth ton

The Northern Echo:

11:31am Wednesday 10th September 2014

JASON GILLESPIE has backed calls for Adam Lyth to become the latest Yorkshire player to be called into the England set-up after his sixth championship century of the season put them on course for a title victory.

Borthwick century gives Durham the upper hand at Middlesex

The Northern Echo:

11:26am Wednesday 10th September 2014

SCOTT BORTHWICK was at the Lord’s crease to face the third ball yesterday and after surviving a perilous first half hour he was still there at the close on 169.

PCA chief says sorry

11:28am Wednesday 10th September 2014

PROFESSIONAL Cricketers’ Association chief executive Angus Porter has apologised after suggesting Moeen Ali should take the abuse he faced at Edgbaston “as a positive”.

Middlesex v Durham (day one, tea)

3:35pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

THE Middlesex attack holds no fears for Scott Borthwick, who completed his second century of the season at Lord’s today. His first was the double hundred he made against the same opponents at Chester-le-Street.

Middlesex v Durham (day one, lunch)

12:33pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

AS Durham look ahead to the Royal London Cup final, they were reminded of the perils of choosing to bat first at Lord’s with a 10.30 start in September when they slipped to 24 for three today.

Durham go back to reality with relegation battle

The Northern Echo:

10:29am Tuesday 9th September 2014

DURHAM will need to have their feet back on the ground today in the first of their two visits to Lord’s as they attempt to stave off any threat of relegation.

Tykes achievement will be up with best – Gillespie

The Northern Echo: Yorkshire first-team coach Jason Gillespie

10:28am Tuesday 9th September 2014

JASON GILLESPIE says winning an LV= County Championship title as coach of Yorkshire would rank alongside his many achievements as an Australian fast bowler.

Cook to face an ODI wait

The Northern Echo:

10:27am Tuesday 9th September 2014

ENGLAND are drooling at an unaccustomed opportunity for proper World Cup preparation – yet only after they settle their Cook quandary can they begin plotting a successful campaign this winter.

Durham reach Lord's final after record-breaking win over Notts

The Northern Echo:

6:23pm Saturday 6th September 2014

DURHAM smashed their one-day batting records, courtesy of a magnificent 164 by Ben Stokes, as they swept to an 83-run win in today’s Royal London Cup semi-final at home to Nottinghamshire.

Durham break their batting records as they close in on Lord's

The Northern Echo:

1:56pm Saturday 6th September 2014

DURHAM smashed their one-day batting records, courtesy of an astonishing 164 by Ben Stokes, in today’s Royal London Cup semi-final at home to Nottinghamshire.

Durham sign India's fastest bowler who broke Broad's nose with bouncer

The Northern Echo:

9:51am Friday 5th September 2014

DURHAM have signed India’s fastest bowler, Varun Aaron, who broke Stuart Broad’s nose with a bouncer in the Old Trafford Test, for the final two weeks of the season.

Around The Wicket: Durham apeing Sunderland with their topsy-turvy season

The Northern Echo: :  Chris Rushworth of Durham celebrates taking the wicket of Nottinghamshire's Steven Mullaney during the LV County Championship at The Riverside in Chester-le-Street. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9935993)

4:05pm Thursday 4th September 2014

IT HAS been remarked upon in some quarters that Durham’s season is doing a fine job of mimicking Sunderland’s footballing exploits of last season, with a relegation scrap and a most unexpected cup run.

Chase is Durham’s hero

The Northern Echo:

10:19am Thursday 4th September 2014

DURHAM must have thought their new recruit had a leprechaun on his shoulder when a long hop by Peter Chase secured the crucial breakthrough in yesterday’s 54-run win at home to Nottinghamshire.

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