Sporting Digest: Cricket

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Sussex may be without their pace bowler Paul Jarvis for the start of the season after he ruptured an Achilles tendon while playing in New Zealand. Jarvis, 32, hurt in a fielding accident while playing in Wellington, will be in plaster for five weeks and then faces at least two months rehabilitation.

The Warwickshire pace bowler Michael Bell is considering appealing to Lord's to downgrade his registration. The 30-year-old is still a List One (Contested) player after stalling over a new one-year contract at Edgbaston. Bell may ask the England and Wales Cricket Board to make him a List Two player to give him the option of being able to join any county.

Kent have re-appointed their wicketkeeper Steve Marsh as captain for 1998. Marsh, 35, led the county for the first time this summer, guiding them to the runners-up spot in the county championship, Sunday League and the Benson and Hedges Cup.

Shaun Pollock scored his maiden first-class century yesterday for South Africa as the tourists gained the upper hand in their match against Western Australia in Perth. Pollock was dismissed for 100 in South Africa's first innings total of 468 before the home side fought back to finish 117 for 1 at close on the second day.

TOUR MATCH (Perth, second day of the four): South Africa 468 (G Kirsten 201, S M Pollock 100, P L Symcox 54); Western Australia 117 for 1 (M E Hussey 58no).

SHEFFIELD SHIELD (Second day of four): Melbourne: South Australia 452 (D Fitzgerald 81, D S Webber 69, B Young 66, J D Siddons 60); Victoria 144 for 2 (D M Jones 58no, L Harper 55). Brisbane: Tasmania 307 (D J Marsh 82no; S Muller 5-73) and 12 for 2; Queensland 237 (J P Maher 71).

SUPERSPORT SERIES (First day of four unless stated): Durban: Natal v Eastern Province (no play, rain). Johannesburg: Gauteng 89 (C F Craven 5-26); Free State 15 for 0. Centurion: Boland 100 (P S de Villiers 4-35, M J R Rindel 4-17); Northerns 41 for 4. Kimberley (second day): Border 278; Griqualand West 257 (L Bosman 77).