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'A lot of evidence some people have to use them because of benefits system glitches'
Durham 259 & 240-6 Middlesex 196 & 165-5 (Match drawn): Durham captain waits to declare – and scuppers chance of a victory
Nottinghamshire 320 & 333 Durham 471 & 184-4 (Durham win by six wickets)
Nottinghamshire 320 & 145-5 Durham 471
Driver of the lorry has been arrested, and ambulance service say they treated and transported 25 patients
The Italian's appointment has proved hugely controversial
In an effort to rival last month's viral video of Newcastle University students pouring milk over their heads, students at Durham university have upped the stakes by changing the liquid to port.
The Durham-based official will resume refereeing duties next Wednesday when he takes charge of the Premier League game between Southampton and Norwich.
Sussex have their sights on knocking Warwickshire off the top of the First Division table after Monty Panesar added second-innings figures of six for 77 to go with Wednesday's career-best seven for 60 as Somerset were bowled out for 195.
Once upon a time, the punishment for an England player deemed to have let his country down would have been to be sent back to his county to serve his time. How Surrey would wish that were the case now. With Kevin Pietersen made unavailable by England despite his exclusion from the Test side at Lord's, they were bowled out for 144 by Middlesex at The Oval, and a quick return to Division Two as reward for a desperate, tragic season seems all the more likely.
Middlesex 188 & 21-1 Durham 238 (Durham lead by 29 runs)
On a grim day for English cricket, Mervyn Westfield, a former Essex player, was sent to prison at the Old Bailey yesterday for corruption. The 23-year-old, who was sentenced to four months for spot-fixing in a county match, is the first English player to be jailed for such an offence.
English cricketers were last night granted a three-month amnesty to report corruption in the game. The offer was made by the England and Wales Cricket Board after the former Essex fast bowler Mervyn Westfield pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe to bowl badly during a match in 2009.
As first-footings go, three winners at Catterick on New Year's Day was the most cheering of thresholds for one of the unluckiest jockeys of 2011. Last June, Wilson Renwick was concussed in a fall at Hexham. By the time he returned, his principal patron had reacted to a four-year disqualification – on various welfare charges – by retiring altogether. Luckily, as things turned out, auld acquaintance would not be forgotten.