Sporting Digest: Cricket

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ROBIN SMITH, ignored by England for the Ashes tour, has signed a new five-year contract with Hampshire. Smith, 31, plans to spend the winter away from serious cricket but will lead a tourist party to Australia to watch the Test series.

WARWICKSHIRE have made an improved offer to re-sign Brian Lara for 1996. The West Indian record breaker's advisers rejected the first approach from the county champions but are now considering the revised terms. Lara's agent, Jonathan Barnett, is committed to giving Warwickshire the first chance to tie up a deal, probably within the next two weeks. 'Warwickshire are the only county he wants to play for,' Barnett said. 'He needs a big arena like Edgbaston to display his skills.'

TOUR MATCH (Harare): Mashonaland Country Districts 177 and 125; Sri Lanka 600 for 6 dec. Sri Lanka beat Mashonaland Country Districts by an innings and 298 runs.