Sporting Digest: Cricket

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Alan Butcher, the father of the England batsman Mark, has been appointed Surrey's 2nd XI coach. Butcher, 44, was on the staff at The Oval from 1972 to 1986 when he opened the batting. He played for England once, against India in 1979.

Worcestershire have appointed John Elliott, 56, as chairman in succession to Duncan Fearnley. Elliott, a garage proprietor, was understudy wicketkeeper during the county's Championship-winning seasons of 1964 and 1965.

Warwickshire are to play four of this year's Sunday League cricket matches under floodlights at Edgbaston. The county have arranged with Lancashire, Hampshire, Essex and Glamorgan to switch their scheduled Sunday games to midweek. The matches will start at 5pm and finish around 10.30pm.

Mike Denness, the former Kent and England captain, has been re-elected to the county's general committee for another three-year term along with the cricket committee chairman Derek Ufton and the former president Peter Edgley.