SPORTING DIGEST: CRICKET

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SPORTING DIGEST: CRICKET

Sussex yesterday completed the signing of the opening batsman Richard Montgomerie on a two-year contract from Northamptonshire.

The poor run of form by the Australian captain, Mark Taylor, continued but Darren Lehmann hit a fine century on the first day of a four-day match against Rawalpindi yesterday. Lehmann, who made 98 in Australia's Test victory over Pakistan earlier this week, hit a brilliant 103 which should cement his place for the second Test, in Peshawar on 15 October. Ricky Ponting strengthened his Test claim with a fine innings of 88. However, Mark Waugh, Michael Slater and Taylor all were out cheaply in the first session. Australia marched to 328 for 7 at close of play.

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