Sporting Digest: Cricket

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The Essex all-rounder Graham Napier hit the England Under-19 side's first century of their South African tour as they hung on for their fourth consecutive draw, against the South African Student XI, in Port Elizabeth yesterday. The 17-year-old was eighth out at 156 for a score of 110. Jonathan Powell and Joe Tucker saw out the last 12 overs to secure a draw for the tourists, who finished on 166 for 8 chasing a target of 264 to win.

The Leicestershire fast bowler David Millns has been awarded a benefit year in 1999. The 32-year-old made his debut for the Foxes in 1990 and was capped the following year. He was on the England A tour to Australia in 1993 and last season was Leicestershire's leading wicket-taker with 49 first-class victims. He also hit two centuries, including a career- best 121 against Northamptonshire.