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'Northants on top'

Northants 217 v Durham 131

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

The Northants opening bowlers Ben Sanderson and Brett Hutton have given Durham a fine demonstration in how it should be done with the ball here at Wantage Road.

Durham failed to put enough pressure on the their hosts in the gloom yesterday morning with too much short and wide stuff. Although they were 150-8 at one point yesterday skipper Adam Rossington got them past 200 with a swashbuckling 82.

Durham have had nobody capable of getting anywhere near that in their innings and they have struggled to cope with the tight lines of Sanderson and Hutton. Sanderson had his 5-for inside 17 overs, while Hutton has now chipped in with a couple of wickets.

Between them Ben Raine and Ned Eckersley have been involved in 10 stands of more than 50 this season but they are both gone. Their partnership today was 57 runs and took Durham from 42-6 to 99-7. But nobody else has looked like getting any runs. Raine made 18 and Eckersley 37.

Are Durham’s promotion hopes disappearing in the autumn sunshine in Northampton? They are going to have to play a lot better than this in the second innings to get anything out of this one.

Football and friendship mix thanks to new scheme

Middlesbrough Football Club has joined a new project aimed at supporting refugees and asylum seekers.

Its foundation has joined up with Amnesty International to launch the Football Welcomes community project.

Men and women train and play at the centre in South Bank. The idea of the project is to make asylum seekers and refugees feel more welcome in the area.

People playing football as part of the new scheme
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BreakingBen Stokes describes Sun story about family as 'immoral and heartless'

BBC Sport

England batsman Ben Stokes says the Sun newspaper's front-page story about his family is "utterly disgusting" and the "lowest form of journalism".

The newspaper alleges that some of his family, based in New Zealand, had to deal with what Stokes describes as "deeply personal and traumatic events".

Stokes, 28, starred as England won the World Cup this summer and drew the Ashes Test series with Australia.

He called the newspaper's article "immoral and heartless".

In astatement, he said the story concerned "events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years" and had "serious inaccuracies which has compounded the damage caused".

The Durham and England all-rounder added: "To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of - in particular - my parents is utterly disgusting."

Ben stokes
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