Cricket / Roundup: Millns is latest pace casualty

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NO SOONER, it seems, do England unearth a pace bowler worthy of the name than the gods decide to play havoc. Adding his name to a casualty list led by Ricky Ellcock (now retired), David Lawrence and, most recently, Martin McCague, David Millns learned before the start of play at Grace Road yesterday that his damaged Achilles tendon requires an operation and will keep him inactive for a month at the very least.

Happily for his county, Leicestershire, the day improved as it went on. Alec Stewart won the toss and prospered in his new county opening berth as Surrey reached 104 for 1. The captain himself was first to go, stumped for 27 off the debutant off-spinner Adrian Pierson, whereupon Laurie Potter, the home side's most productive slow bowler of 1992 with 27 wickets, instigated a collapse. Pierson teased out the lower orders: only Alistair Brown, with a vigorous 49, stemming the tide as the visitors sank for 245.

Eddie Hemmings, the most venerable player on the circuit at 44, was another off-break exponent to flourish. Making his first-class debut for Sussex, his third county, 'The Whale' certainly made a splash against Glamorgan, dismissing the new captain Hugh Morris (45) and his opening partner Steve James (78) to counter a start of 110, then dispatching Matthew Maynard and Viv Richards in quick succession. The emerging all-round skills of Robert Croft (60) staved off total collapse and the hosts were relieved to reach 331.

Trevor Penney, the latest Zimbabwean to seek bounty under a flag of convenience, underlined his potential at Edgbaston, making 68 out of Warwickshire's 256 for 5 against Northamptonshire.