Sport in Short: Cricket

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INDIA have accused Colin Cowdrey, the chairman of the International Cricket Council, of trying to sabotage their successful joint bid with Pakistan and Sri Lanka to host the sixth World Cup in 1995. Inderjit Singh Bindra, an Indian representative, said Cowdrey had gone out of his way to support England's bid at the stormy 13- hour ICC meeting at Lord's last Tuesday. He added that the former England captain only gave in when the ICC's 19 associate members threatened a no-confidence motion against him, and that there was 'nothing magnanimous and noble' in England's last-minute offer to withdraw their bid as had been suggested by Alan Smith of the Test and County Cricket Board. 'England had no option but to withdraw when they found out that the sub-continent's bid was 27-10 ahead if a vote had been taken,' he claimed.

GREG MATTHEWS, the off-spinner who has fallen out of favour with Australia's test selectors, took a career-best 8 for 52 to steer New South Wales to a seven-wicket victory over the holders Western Australia on the final day of their Sheffield Shield match in Sydney yesterday. Matthews helped dismiss Western Australia for 168 in their second innings and New South Wales passed their victory target of 184 for the loss of only three wickets. In Melbourne, South Australia failed by 24 runs to beat Victoria. Needing 330 for victory, South Australia were 306 for 8 when stumps were drawn.

SHEFFIELD SHIELD (Final day of four): Sydney: Western Austraia 467 and 168 (M Lavender 46, T Moody 30; G Matthews 8-52); New South Wales 452 and 186 for 3 (M Bevan 44no, S Small 41; J Stewart

2-79). New South Wales won by 7 wickets. Melbourne: Victoria 406 for 8 dec and 201 (M Elliott 66; D Reeves 3-60); South Australia 278 for 7 dec and 306 for 8 (G Blewett 69, J Brayshaw 65, J Siddons 58; T Dodemaide 3-53, P Reiffel 2-67). Match drawn.

RED STRIPE TROPHY (First day of four): Georgetown: Windward Islands 128; Guyana 119 for 0 (C Lambert 57no). Kingston: Barbados 237 for 3 (P Wallace 96, R Holder 58no) v Jamaica. Port-of- Spain: Leeward Islands 285 (L Lawrence 74; R Mahabir 4-52) v Trinidad and Tobago.

TOTAL POWER CUP (50 overs): (Johannesburg): Eastern Province 202 for 6; Free State 205 for 4 (H Cronje 75, R Steyn 70no). Free State won by 6 wickets.