Sport in Short: Cricket

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THE New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns, recovering from a kidney operation, has withdrawn from the short tour of Pakistan from 26 December to 6 January. He will be replaced by Michael Owens.

INDIA were 6 for 0 in reply to a Combined Universities first innings total of 174 at the close on the first day of a three- day match yesterday. Venkatapathy Raju took four wickets for 63 runs.

SHEFFIELD SHIELD (Final day of four): (Adelaide): New South Wales 399 for 5 dec and 204 for 7 dec. South Australia 215 and 379 (T Nielsen 84, J Scuderi 50). New South Wales win by nine runs. (Perth): Western Australia 417 and 268 for 9 (M Atkinson 52no). Tasmania 457 for 9 dec (D Hills 138). Match drawn.

----------------------------------------------------------------- SHEFFIELD CUP STANDINGS ----------------------------------------------------------------- P W L Pts New South Wales 5 2 3 12 * Western Australia 5 2 3 11 Queensland 4 3 1 10 South Australia 4 1 3 8 Victoria 3 2 1 4 Tasmania 3 2 1 4 * Western Australia deducted one point for failing to bowl required overs in two matches. -----------------------------------------------------------------

CASTLE CUP (Third day of four): (Cape Town): Western Province 278 and 150 for 5 (R Bryson 4-36). Eastern Province 350. (Verwoerdburg): Northern Transvaal 388 and 100 (F Stephenson 3-16). Free State 246 and 2 for 0. (Johannesburg): Transvaal 299 and 234 for 6 dec (J Cook 97no). Border 160 and 8 for 0.

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