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There are rumours that the batsman's England career is over

Good form: Durham's medium-fast bowler Mark Wood heads for 5 for 78

Durham clear drop zone as Notts title hopes suffer

Durham 194 & 325-8 Nottinghamshire 154 & 349 (Durham win by 16 runs)

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Mark Stoneham made 114 as Durham took control yesterday

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Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket, had an idea some weeks ago that this match rather than the two to come against Warwickshire would be what defined his side's season. Regrettably for him, the way it is unfolding is cruelly proving the wisdom of his judgment.

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Graham Onions unleashed his frustration at missing the cut from a third consecutive Test squad by taking nine Nottinghamshire wickets with an extraordinary exhibition of high quality seam and swing bowling at Trent Bridge yesterday.

Surrey are up against it after Tim Murtagh picked up five wickets

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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.

County Championship round-up: Century for Malan as leaders made to work hard

Most cricket fans believe it was madness to schedule the pivotal second Test between England and South Africa in the middle of the Olympics, and most cricket fans were caught completely by surprise that another round of county championship matches got under way yesterday.

James Taylor looks on during a nets session at Headingley

Taylor the latest to fill problem role as England expect No 6 of the best

Debutant comes in with captain Strauss hailing 'proper batter who can play really long innings'

Charlotte Collinge jailed for 23 years for recruiting two men to murder her husband on the promise of sex

A woman has been jailed for life for recruiting two men in a pub on the promise of sex to murder her husband.

James Lawton: No gold, but Becky shows all the virtues of a champion

Our Becky, the sporting superstar it has always been a little easier to think of in such familiar terms, couldn't break Britain's gold fever, at least not at the first time of asking here last night, but she surely made the country feel a whole lot better about itself.

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James Lawton: It wasn't gold this time but Adlington showed all the virtues of a champion

She has the ability to go to the limit every day. It is possibly in her DNA

Graham Onions: The bowler chipped in with three wickets for Durham

Round-up: Stokes at the double as Durham win at last

Durham clinched their first LV County Championship Division One victory of the season after a 15-run win over Middlesex in a low-scoring contest at Chester-le-Street.

Wood for the trees: Go Ape's Segways in Sherwood Forest

Countyfile: Nottinghamshire - Sherwood Forest comes alive for summer 2012

There's plenty new to do at Sherwood Forest this summer. Go Ape! Sherwood Pines (0845 643 9215; goape.co.uk) has just launched a new Forest Segway adventure, where visitors can follow an hour-long trail through the trees on the fun two-wheeled electric vehicles. Sherwood Forest Cabins (0845 130 8223; forestholidays.co.uk) now offers new luxury log cabins to hire, from £564 for a three-night weekend break. And local storyteller Ezekial Bone, aka Ade Andrews, will be leading new Robin Hood tours through the forest on 10, 20 and 28 August (07941 210986; bonecorpora tion.co.uk; £5), revealing the legends of these ancient woods.

County Championship round-up: Troughton and Woakes keep runs coming

The First Division leaders Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire continue to make their case as principal contenders for the County Championship.

Yorkshire take Root in finals

Yorkshire booked their place in the Friends Life t20 finals day with a 29-run victory over Worcestershire at Headingley.

Charlotte Collinge convicted of murdering husband in savage attack

A woman and two men she met in a pub have been found guilty of the murder of her husband, a "generous and caring" father who died after suffering more than 40 injuries in a savage attack.

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