Sporting digest: Cricket

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Northamptonshire's Mal Loye has been voted the Professional Cricketers' Association player of the year. The award gives the 25-year-old batsman a rare double, having been named the PCA young player of the year in 1993. Loye won the award ahead of Angus Fraser (Middlesex), Graeme Hick (Worcestershire) and Courtney Walsh (Gloucestershire). Lancashire's Andy Flintoff is the PCA's young player of the year.

The Middlesex wicketkeeper Keith Brown is retiring from first class cricket at the end of the current season in order to pursue a coaching career at Bramdean School in Exeter.