Injury blow for Onions
Durham bowler Graham Onions is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a tear to his abdomen.
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The Gateshead-born seamer, capped nine times by England, picked up the injury whilst bowling in the recent Royal London One-Day Cup win over Nottinghamshire Outlaws.
Scan results on Wednesday revealed the full extent of the his left internal oblique injury, which normally takes around six weeks to heal - with Durham's final match of the campaign starting on September 23.
Onions has been in fine form of late and is currently Durham's joint leading wicket-taker in 50-over cricket with 11 victims. The 31-year-old has a total of 27 wickets in all competitions this year, including a triple-wicket maiden over during the recent game with Glamorgan.
Onions said: "I was obviously devastated when I received the results of the scan as the next six weeks of the season are hugely important for the team.
"Although I don't think I can play for the rest of the season, I'll be doing everything I can to try to get fit and help the lads out during those final few games."
Meanwhile, Gareth Breese is set to leave the north east county at the end of the season after 11 years at the club.
A full international with the West Indies, Breese moved from Jamaica in 2004 and settled in quickly.
The popular 38-year-old made his first class debut for Durham against Derbyshire and hit a superb 165 in a dramatic one wicket win over Somerset later that year.
Another unbeaten century against Kent four years later secured a maiden county championship title and Breese has also proved to be a key performer in limited overs cricket.
The off-spinner has taken 150 wickets in 150 List A appearances and helped Durham lift the Friends Provident Trophy at Lord's in 2007.
Breese passed a century of Twenty20 appearances during the current campaign, finishing with 93 wickets in 106 matches.
As well as his consistent performances on the pitch, the Jamaican has been working as a spin coach with the club's academy.
Along with his good friend Gordon Muchall, Breese was handed a benefit year for 2014 and the pair selected Macmillan Cancer Support, The North East Autism Society and The PCA Benevolent Fund as their chosen charities.
Reflecting on his time at the club, Breese said: "It's been a very enjoyable time for me.
"Over the past eleven years, I've grown as a player, coach and a person and most importantly formed some great friendships on and off the field.
"The highlights have been the successes we've had, not necessarily personal, but just winning trophies as part of a team.
"The one that means the most to me was the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy at Lord's, that's the one that really stands out."
Head coach Jon Lewis added: "Gareth has turned himself into a bit of a legend at the club.
"He's been an outstanding servant, a really good team man and a positive guy to have in the dressing room all the time.
"It's always been a big part of Gareth that he puts others before himself and that's what has made him so popular. He's been an incredibly consistent performer and a match-winner with both bat and ball."