Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stokes Bats Durham to Victory over the Outlaws; Ben's on Song but Jets Must Do without Him and Onions against Surrey

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stokes Bats Durham to Victory over the Outlaws; Ben's on Song but Jets Must Do without Him and Onions against Surrey

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Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk

DURHAM look set to be without Ben Stokes and Graham Onions for tomorrow's Royal London One-Day Cup clash at home to Surrey.

The Jets leapt into second place in the Group B table with yesterday's six-wicket win over Nottinghamshire Outlaws at the Emirates ICG.

The visitors were restricted to 222, with Stokes claiming two wickets and two catches.

He then hit 103 off 122 balls as Durham eased to victory, Mark Stoneman making 86.

But Stokes joined up with the England squad last night ahead of the fifth Test against India, which begins on Friday at the Oval.

That is likely to rule him out of Durham's final group match against Surrey tomorrow, with a top-four finish required to progress to the 50-over competition quarter-finals.

And the Jets will also be without Onions, who will have a scan today on a side strain picked up bowling only his third ball of the innings yesterday.

At least Stokes' likely absence is for positive reasons.

The New Zealand-born all-rounder was dropped by England following the second Test.

But with injury doubts over Stuart Broad and question marks over the form of Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes, Stokes' knock - in front of Notts coach Mick Newell, an England selector - was particularly timely.

"It's always nice to put your hand up," said Stokes.

"I wasn't really thinking about England but it's nice to eventually get some runs. Obviously, it was tough with England in the two Test matches I played, so it's good I managed to get some time out in the middle again.

"If I don't play for England, I'll be wanting to come back and play for Durham.

"The ECB have been pretty good in letting me go to play whenever I've not been selected, so hopefully that's the case again."

That seems likelier when Durham resume their four-day campaign at Lancashire on Friday. …

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