County players win pay rise

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County cricketers have won their fight for a significant improvement in the minimum wage. From next season, capped players will be guaranteed a salary of pounds 18,500 - a pounds 4,000 increase on this year's figure.

The initial demand was for pounds 20,000, but players and their employers yesterday declared themselves happy with the compromise. "It's a step up the ladder - something tangible for those players most in need of help and I'm sure the membership will be pleased," David Graveney, the Cricketers' Association general secretary, said.

The Association was determined to win an improved deal in the wake of cricket's pounds 60m windfall from new television contracts. When negotiations were deadlocked earlier this year, players warned that militant action was a possibility.

n Sussex have fined and severely reprimanded Paul Jarvis, the former England fast bowler, and Franklyn Stephenson, the West Indian all-rounder, for breaches of discipline during their recent Championship match against Leicestershire.

n Nottinghamshire have confirmed that Paul Johnson, the 30-year-old England A batsman, will succeed Tim Robinson as captain next season.