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Surrey are giving the Ireland pace bowler Mark Patterson a trial in their second XI this week. He is in the current match against Hampshire at The Oval and will also play in tomorrow's Bain Hogg eliminator against Kent. Patterson impressed the Surrey captain, Alec Stewart, in last year's Benson and Hedges Cup tie at The Oval and when the second XI coach, Tony Pigott, played against him in an MCC match he recommended the county have a closer look.

Cricket chiefs yesterday announced they will continue their investigations following a meeting with the unnamed Sussex player who tested positive for drugs. The three-man Doping Control Panel, headed by the Nottinghamshire chairman, Alan Wheelhouse, and also comprising a representative of the Cricketers' Association and a member of the disciplinary committee, met the player yesterday in Brighton. But they refused to name the player, who has tested positive twice, until their investigations into the matter are complete.

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