Sporting Digest: Cricket

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Trevor Penney, the Warwickshire batsman, has turned down the chance to play in next summer's World Cup. Zimbabwe tried to persuade the 30- year-old to give up his career in county cricket to return to play for his native country but Penney has said he intends to stay with Warwickshire.

Leicestershire have signed the seam bowler Scott Boswell from Northamptonshire and the Sussex leg spinner Amer Khan for next season. Boswell, 24, has signed a one-year contract at Grace Road, while the Pakistan-born Khan is joining on a two-year deal.

John Bracewell, the Gloucestershire coach, has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2001 season.