Cricket: Kent's chance to make amends

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Kent yesterday welcomed the chance to avenge their controversial Benson and Hedges Cup defeat of three years ago after being paired with Warwickshire in the quarter-final draw at Lord's.

The two sides are scheduled to meet at Canterbury on 27 May in a tie which will rekindle memories of Warwickshire's dramatic bowl-out victory over Kent at Edgbaston in 1994. After the first two days of the contest were lost to heavy rain, the sides were forced into Edgbaston's indoor centre to effect a result. Kent later protested to the Test and County Cricket Board about Warwickshire's failure to protect the pitch.

The other key match in the draw will take place at Chelmsford, with Essex and Surrey poised to repeat their thrilling NatWest Trophy semi- final of last season at The Oval. Essex triumphed then by four wickets.

Leicestershire, the county champions, host Somerset at Grace Road, while highly fancied Yorkshire tackle Northamptonshire, last year's beaten finalists, at Headingley to complete the line-up.

BENSON AND HEDGES CUP Quarter-final draw (ties to be played 27 May): Leicestershire v Somerset; Yorkshire v Northamptonshire; Kent v Warwickshire; Essex v Surrey.

Pakistan have lifted their two-year Test ban on Aamir Sohail after he apologised for making allegations of match-fixing and betting. The ban has been replaced by a fine of 50,000 rupees [pounds 775].