Onions determined his benefit year will not mark the start of his cricketing swansong

The Northern Echo: IN THE SWING: Graham Onions is proud to have been offered a benefit year at Durham - but insists he is not ready to start winding down

6:32am Wednesday 29th October 2014

HE might be about to embark on his benefit year, but Durham seamer Graham Onions is adamant his best days are not behind him despite the need for a second bout of back surgery.

Seven Tykes get Lions call

The Northern Echo: Yorkshire's Jack Brooks 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 September 10, 2014. See PA

12:28pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

YORKSHIRE have got a magnificent seven players in the provisional England Lions touring party for their New Year trip to South Africa, where they will play a mixture of first-class and one-day cricket.

Onions awarded Durham benefit year

The Northern Echo: WORRIES EASED: Graham Onions

9:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

DURHAM fast bowler Graham Onions has been awarded a benefit year for the 2015 season.

Champions Yorkshire are crowned at the Palace

7:25am Friday 17th October 2014

Andrew Gale has revealed that even Prince Philip is backing Yorkshire to build on this summer’s LV= County Championship title success.

Boycott sympathises with Pietersen

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 19-06-2007 of England's Kevin Pietersen and former player Geoffrey Boycott. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 9, 2014. Geoffrey Boycott insists Kevin Pietersen has a right to be "miffed" after his England

7:41am Friday 10th October 2014

GEOFFREY Boycott insists Kevin Pietersen has a right to be "miffed" after his England career was cut short without proper explanation.

KP still wants answers from the ECB

The Northern Echo: Cricketer Kevin Pietersen during a book launch at Waterstones Canary Wharf, Jubliee Place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 9, 2014. See PA story CRICKET Pietersen. Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wire. (11320065)

9:38am Friday 10th October 2014

Kevin Pietersen still has one simple question for the England and Wales Cricket Board - 'Why was I sacked?'

Hoggard: Pietersen is very bitter

The Northern Echo: Matthew Hoggard MBE

5:42am Friday 10th October 2014

FORMER England fast bowler Matthew Hoggard has labelled Kevin Pietersen "a very bitter man" and does not see any way back for the 34-year-old in international cricket.

Pietersen claims backed by Ponting

The Northern Echo: Surrey's Ricky Ponting during a press conference at the Breadsall Priory Hotel, Derby, Derbyshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 29, 2013. See PA story CRICKET Ponting. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.  (11269051)

7:51am Thursday 9th October 2014

KEVIN Pietersen's bitter parting with England is threatening to sow seeds of more pain for the national team as his claims of bullying in the dressing room struck a chord with opponents round the world.

Ex-England captain Alec Stewart 'stands by' Pietersen

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 08-04-2014 of Surrey coach Alec Stewart. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 8, 2014. The fall-out from Kevin Pietersen's autobiography continued on Wednesday night as ex-England captain Alec Stewart said he had tol

6:46am Thursday 9th October 2014

The fall-out from Kevin Pietersen's autobiography continued on Wednesday night as ex-England captain Alec Stewart said he had told the England and Wales Cricket Board of three players who had access to the parody twitter account which caused the batsman such angst.

Bopara "devastated" at England exclusion

The Northern Echo: England's Ravi Bopara batting during the Fourth One Day International at Lords Cricket Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 31, 2014. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Tony Marshall/PA Wire. RESTRIC

6:03am Thursday 9th October 2014

ENGLAND all-rounder Ravi Bopara admits he still feels "devastated" from his exclusion earlier this summer.

'I had to stand up to the bullies,' claims KP

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 27-06-2011 of England's Kevin Pietersen (left) and Coach Andy Flower. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday October 6, 2014. Kevin Pietersen questions Alastair Cook's credentials to be England captain and has voiced his dism

11:17am Wednesday 8th October 2014

KEVIN PIETERSEN insists his revelations of bullying in the England dressing room are his way of defending himself at last after years of "character assassination".

Leaked email about Pietersen's alleged Ashes behaviour is not full Flower dossier

The Northern Echo: Kevin Pietersen

12:15pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

KEVIN PIETERSEN'S alleged behaviour in his final weeks as an England player has been detailed in a leaked document that portrays the former England batsman as a troublesome member of a struggling squad.

Gale looks back on toughest times

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10:43am Tuesday 7th October 2014

YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale has described the last month as one of the toughest times in his career.

Pietersen is on the attack with a string of big blasts

The Northern Echo:

11:03am Tuesday 7th October 2014

KEVIN PIETERSEN questions Alastair Cook’s credentials to be England captain and has voiced his dismay at a “bullying” culture he believes has long undermined the national team.

Pietersen's biography - the reaction to the predictably controversial book

The Northern Echo:

10:56am Tuesday 7th October 2014

KEVIN Pietersen’s autobiography has, predictably, divided opinion – as the superstar batsman did throughout his international career.

Yorkshire ace Gale focuses on coaching

The Northern Echo: Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 02/10/2014 - Cricket - Yorkshire CCC End of Season Awards - Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale arrives with the Championship Trophy. (11105835)

11:08am Sunday 5th October 2014

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale is forgoing the sunshine of Australia this winter to concentrate on preparing for life after cricket.

Two more awards for Yorkshire openers Lees and Lyth

The Northern Echo: Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 26/09/2014 - Cricket - LV County Championship Div One - Yorkshire County Cricket Club v Somerset County Cricket Club - Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds, England - Alex Lees & Adam Lyth. (11059929)

8:48am Friday 3rd October 2014

Opening partners Adam Lyth and Alex Lees continued their domination of the end of season awards last night at Yorkshire’s champions gala dinner at Elland Road football ground in Leeds.

Moxon's aim is to re-sign Finch and Williamson

The Northern Echo: Yorkshire's Aaron Finch hits outPicture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

10:59am Thursday 2nd October 2014

MARTYN MOXON says Kane Williamson and Aaron Finch are Yorkshire’s top targets when it comes to overseas recruits for their 2015 title defence.

Hastings to make Durham return

The Northern Echo: COMING BACK: John Hastings

9:25am Saturday 27th September 2014

JOHN Hastings is to return as Durham's overseas player next season with skipper Paul Collingwood saying: “He's been a rock for us in terms of the effort and skill levels he's brought to the team.”

Durham's season in review

The Northern Echo: Durham fans celebrate Gareth Breese winning runs  against Warwickshire on his final match during the Royal London One Day Cup Final at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 20, 2014. See PA story CRIC

8:30am Saturday 27th September 2014

IF success is measured in silverware then Durham’s capture of a fifth trophy in eight seasons was cause for huge satisfaction.

Collingwood: We were ‘out-skilled’

The Northern Echo:

10:38am Friday 26th September 2014

SKIPPER Paul Collingwood admitted that Warwickshire had “out-skilled” Durham twice this season, but also felt the match at Edgbaston was a game too far for his battle-weary troops.

Yorkshire heading for draw

The Northern Echo: Yorkshire's Adam Lyth celebrates his half-century

10:36am Friday 26th September 2014

IT hasn’t all been good news for Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth this last fortnight despite an LV= County Championship title win, nearly 1,500 runs in a season and an England Performance Programme call-up.

Durham are mauled by Bears

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8:19am Friday 26th September 2014

AFTER the euphoria of Lord’s came the anti-climax of Edgbaston as Durham ended their season with their third mauling in two seasons by the Warwickshire Bears.

Old Trafford set for last-day relegation decider

The Northern Echo:

10:35am Friday 26th September 2014

SAM ROBSON’S first halfcentury for over two months helped Middlesex set up a tantalising final day in their LV= County Championship Division One relegation decider against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Cairns charged with perjury

7:38am Friday 26th September 2014

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns will appear in court next week to face one count of perjury linked to a libel action he brought in the UK in 2012.

Seeing Breese score the winning runs on his farewell appearance was the stuff of dreams – Around The Wicket

The Northern Echo: Durham CCC players celebrate victory against Warwickshire in the Royal London One Day Cup Final at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 20, 2014. See PA story CRICKET Cup. Photo credit should read: J

4:08pm Thursday 25th September 2014

AFTER all the worry, all the doubts and all the near and not so near misses, the conclusion was glorious.

Tea Report: Yorkshire rally against Somerset

The Northern Echo:

3:41pm Thursday 25th September 2014

YORKSHIRE have started their second innings against Somerset in fine fashion during the third afternoon at Headingley by reaching 102-1 at tea.

Durham's season ends with a heavy defeat

The Northern Echo:

3:39pm Thursday 25th September 2014

AFTER the euphoria of Lord’s came the anti-climax of Edgbaston as Durham ended their season with their third mauling in two seasons by the Warwickshire Bears.

Hastings to return as Durham's overseas player

The Northern Echo: : Durham batsman John Hastings in action against Warwickshire at Chester le Street. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8238994)

1:57pm Thursday 25th September 2014

JOHN Hastings is to return as Durham's overseas player next season with skipper Paul Collingwood saying: “He's been a rock for us in terms of the effort and skill levels he's brought to the team.”

Warwickshire v Durham (day three, lunch)

12:37pm Thursday 25th September 2014

MARK Stoneman completed his 1,000 championship runs, only to depart ten minutes before lunch as Durham slid towards a three-day defeat.

Lancashire keep survival hopes alive

The Northern Echo: Skipton-born Glen Chapple, left, and Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale before the toss at Headingley Carnegie today

10:39am Thursday 25th September 2014

A GUTSY batting display saw Lancashire keep their survival hopes alive on day two of their LV= Championship Division One relegation decider against Middlesex.

Long day for Durham as Bears pair hit tons

The Northern Echo:

10:36am Thursday 25th September 2014

ON a day when neither took a wicket during Durham’s trouncing at Edgbaston, Mark Wood was named in the England Performance Programme for this winter while Scott Borthwick was not.

Tykes in danger of ending season on a losing note

The Northern Echo:

8:16am Thursday 25th September 2014

Yorkshire are in danger of ending a special season with only a second defeat against Somerset at Headingley.

England keep faith with Cook

The Northern Echo: during the fifth ODI at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 5, 2014. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editoria

8:34am Thursday 25th September 2014

England have kept faith with Alastair Cook as their one-day international captain, and are vowing to continue backing him all the way to next year's World Cup.

Warwickshire v Durham (day two, lunch)

12:13pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

DURHAM were unable to take a wicket in the hour’s play this morning before rain arrived. It lasted only a few minutes, but by then the square had been covered in sheeting and it was decided to take lunch at 12.15.

Curtain finally falls on the panto

The Northern Echo:

10:51am Wednesday 24th September 2014

AFTER the Lord Mayor’s Show the first hour at Edgbaston yesterday seemed to set the stage for an end-ofseason pantomime.

Emotional day at Headingley for opener Lees

The Northern Echo: Yorkshire's Alex Lees hits out against SomersetPicture: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

10:48am Wednesday 24th September 2014

ALEX LEES dedicated his county cap to his late father Simon yesterday after describing the presentation as his proudest moment.

Warwickshire v Durham (day one, tea)

3:41pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

RYAN Pringle rode to the rescue for Durham in only his second championship match, reaching an unbeaten on 63 out of a total of 201.

Warwickshire v Durham (day one, lunch)

12:34pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AFTER the Lord Mayor’s Show came the back-to-earth debacle for Durham as they followed Saturday’s Royal London Cup triumph with an early collapse against the same opponents three days later.

Rashid out to continue his progress and development

The Northern Echo:

11:10am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

IT has been one heck of a summer for Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid both on and off the field, but the all-rounder is aiming to ensure his career continues on an upward curve in the years to come.

Durham face a quick return meeting with Warwicks

The Northern Echo:

11:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

DURHAM will have to find a way to combat Keith Barker, who was left out of Saturday’s Royal London Cup final, when they finish their season at Edgbaston, starting today.

The Breese that blew Durham to Lord’s title

The Northern Echo:

11:19am Monday 22nd September 2014

HAD it been the perfect script, Gareth Breese’s winning boundary for Durham at Lord’s on Saturday would have flown off the middle of the bat.

Norton return to top flight after 16 years

The Northern Echo:

11:25am Monday 22nd September 2014

NORTON will be back in the top division for the first time in 16 years next season, and they’ll be joined by Normanby Hall whose climb back after just one summer in the lower league led to a nail biting final hour.

Hexham claim title despite losing to last year’s winners

11:26am Monday 22nd September 2014

THEY were celebrating up in Hexham on Saturday night as Tynedale were crowned champions of the NTSL’s top division despite crashing to an unceremonious defeat at the hands of the retiring title holders, Swalwell.

Stokes ends difficult season on a magnificent high

The Northern Echo:

1:28pm Sunday 21st September 2014

HAVING started the year taking out his frustrations on a dressing-room locker, Ben Stokes finished it punching the air in delight as he celebrated Durham’s sixth major trophy in the last eight seasons. Transformations don’t come much more pronounced than that.

Durham triumph in nail-biting Royal London Cup final

The Northern Echo:

5:37pm Saturday 20th September 2014

GARETH BREESE signed off his Durham career in the best possible manner as he hit the winning runs in his side’s three-wicket win over Warwickshire in the Royal London Cup final.

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.



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