Commonwealth Games: Jackson stays away

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COLIN JACKSON has decided not to compete in the Commonwealth Games next week in Kuala Lumpur because he is too tired.

The 110m hurdles world record holder is due to compete for Great Britain at this weekend's World Cup in Johannesburg - but he will not be heading from there to Malaysia to defend his Commonwealth title. "Colin felt he had a very long season and, although not injured, he does feel mentally and physically tired and in need of a rest," the Welsh team press officer, Malcolm Stammers, said.

Scotland's cricketers had the opening match of their Commonwealth Games campaign washed out by a tropical rain storm in the Malaysian capital yesterday.

The Scots had made 35 for 3 from 17.2 overs in reply to Pakistan's 201 for 5 before rain stopped play and forced the Group D match at the Victoria Institution Ground to be abandoned. The washout was hardly unexpected - since Saturday, the torrents have arrived at the same time every afternoon.

Cricket and Malaysia's rainy season are clearly not going to mix well, and it must be a worry for the Games' organisers. Two more matches are scheduled to be played on the ground - Canada v India on Saturday and Malaysia against Jamaica next Monday.

In Scotland's aborted innings, Shoaib Akhtar took the wickets of Bruce Patterson and Douglas Lockhart, while Steven Crawley laboured through 52 balls for his 12.

Shoaib and Shahid Nazir both proved difficult opponents, with the ball swinging in the humidity and the pitch quickening as the game progressed.

Keith Sheridan, the slow left-armer, was the pick of the Scottish attack, conceding only 17 runs from 10 overs and claiming the wicket of Saleem Elahi.

Scotland seemed to have matters under control until the later stages of the innings. Pakistan had been 112 for 5 after 40 overs but stepped up the pace thereafter, amassing 89 runs from the final 10 overs.