Sporting Digest: Cricket

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Mohammad Naveed hit a timely century to earn Rawalpindi Division Cricket Association a draw against Australia on the final day of a four- day match yesterday. RDCA were 263 for three when the match was called off four overs early as there was no chance of a result. Naveed was then not out at 115. After a brief hiccup at 95, where he played 25 balls without scoring, Naveed finally reached the three-figure mark with a push to mid-on. None of the Australian bowlers impressed in the second innings.

The Leeward Islands, the defending champions, look certain to join Barbados in the semi-finals of the Red Stripe Bowl after a 15-run victory over Jamaica at Sabina Park on Saturday. With Barbados and the Leewards both having six points, Jamaica must beat Barbados impressively to overtake the islanders.

For the Zimbabwe captain, Alistair Campbell, Saturday's 61-run victory over India in the one-off Test match was about more than cricket. "It does enormous things for Zimbabwe as a country," Campbell said after his team had dismissed India for 173 to register their second win in 31 matches since Zimbabwe were granted Test status in 1992. "We are under pressure to deliver that something because, without trying to deride them, other sports in Zimbabwe don't compete in the top echelon like we do."

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