Sporting Digest: Cricket

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Surrey have appointed their former slow left-armer Keith Medlycott as cricket manager in place of the Australian David Gilbert, who left the club in October and joined Sussex. The 31-year-old, who was in charge of the second team last season, has signed a three-year contract.

Dick Spooner, the former England and Warwickshire wicketkeeper who played in seven Test matches, has died in Torbay Hospital, aged 77. A left-handed opening batsman, he scored 1,767 runs and claimed 73 wickets when Warwickshire won the County Championship in 1951.

India pulled off an impressive five-wicket win over South Africa in Patna yesterday to move into the semi-finals of the women's World Cup. The host nation bowled South Africa out for just 80 in 43.1 overs and then reached their target in 28 overs to qualify for a meeting with Australia.

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP (Patna, Ind): South Africa 80 (43.1 overs); India 81 for 5 (28 overs). India won by five wickets.

England's Under-19 side secured the first win of their tour by beating the South African Schools Colts by 28 runs in Zwide yesterday. Graeme Swann was England's top scorer with an innings of 47, but he was later on the receiving end of some extraordinary hitting by the all-rounder Dumisa Makalima, who dispatched four sixes over midwicket in the 40th over.