‘Drug farm’ case dropped

THE case against a former professional cricketer accused of running a cannabis farm has been discontinued by the prosecution.

Darren Blenkiron, 37, who played for Durham County Cricket Club between 1991 and 1996, will no longer face the charges at Durham Crown Court.

The case against another man, Brett Dowson, will be continued and he is due to stand trial in January.

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