Sport in Short: Cricket

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THE recession hit one of cricket's oldest sponsored competitions yesterday when the building group, Tilcon, ended their association with the Harrogate Festival. After 17 years, the Tilcon Trophy, a three- day knock-out competition for first-class counties, will be absent from next summer's calendar.

STEVE STOREY, the Queensland spinner, tilted a thrilling Sheffield Shield match away from Western Australia in Brisbane yesterday with career-best figures of 5 for 55 at the Gabba. Storey helped to dismiss Western Australia for 184 in their second innings, after Queensland had managed to save the follow-on by just one run. At the close on the third day, the home side, chasing 334 for an unexpected win, were well placed on 69 for 1. The 21-year-old Damien Martyn became only the fourth Western Australian to score a century in both innings of a Shield match.

SHEFFIELD SHIELD (Brisbane, third day of four): Western Australia 370 (D R Martyn 133no, G R Marsh 121) and 184 (Martyn 112; S Storey 5-55); Queensland 221 (B A Reid 4-58) and 69 for 1.