Cricket: Benjamin for Hampshire

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The Independent Online
WINSTON BENJAMIN, Leicestershire's West Indian fast bowler, is joining Hampshire on a three-year contract as their overseas player for next season.

The 28-year-old Antiguan has been with Leicestershire for seven seasons, but the county recently announced they were releasing the Antiguan to make way for the West Indies opening batsman, Phil Simmons.

Benjamin, who won his Test place back during the winter, will be replacing Malcolm Marshall and rejoining the former Leicestershire captain, David Gower.

Nottinghamshire have signed Jimmy Adams, the West Indies all- rounder, as their overseas replacement for the New Zealander, Chris Cairns, next summer. The 25-year-old Jamaican, who is presently playing in the Durham Senior League with Eppleton, comes in because Cairns is required for New Zealand's tour of England in the first half of next season.

Sussex have sold all their 4,500 tickets for the NatWest Trophy final against Warwickshire at Lord's next Saturday.