Sporting Digest: Cricket

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Sussex have appointed their former director of cricket, Dave Gilbert, to the new post of general manager. A restructuring of the administration team at Hove has also seen Peter Moores named cricket manager- coach.

Gladstone Small, the former England pace bowler, has signed a new one- year contract with Warwickshire, taking him into his 20th season of county cricket. He will only play limited-overs cricket next season but his deal combines a job in the marketing department at Edgbaston.

South Africa's United Cricket Board has scrapped plans to introduce a two-division domestic competition in the 1999-2000 season because it could impede the development of black cricketers. Second Division teams could also lose key players and important sponsorship deals while provinces could be forced to pay inflated salaries to retain key players. Now the existing nine-team league will be expanded to 11 teams with the inclusion of Easterns and North West.