Herbie Hide yesterday suffered more frustration when his World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title defence, scheduled for Reading this Saturday, was postponed. Promoter Frank Warren has been unable to find a late replacement for America's Orlin Norris, who pulled out yesterday. But Warren's show goes ahead with local favourite Dean Francis defending his British and WBO Inter-continental super-middleweight titles against Sidcup's Mark Baker.
Colin Metson, the former Glamorgan wicketkeeper who retired from first- class cricket at the end of last season, raised pounds 131,253 during his 1997 benefit year.
Warwickshire have offered contracts to Gavin Franklin, 20, an off-spinner who has played for Staffordshire, and Brendan O'Connell, 18, a slow left- armer from Surrey.