Cricketer on drugs charge

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A FORMER professional cricketer who now plays for Bilton Cricket Club has appeared in court charged with running a cannabis farm.

Darren Blenkiron, 37, who played for Durham County Cricket Club between 1991 and 1996, made an appearance at Durham Crown Court last Thursday.

He did not enter a plea and was bailed until a further hearing on November 18.

Along with another man, Blenkiron was charged following the discovery of an alleged cannabis farm at a property in West Auckland, County Durham.

He has played for Bilton since April 2009, when he joined from Bradford League team Bankfoot.