Sporting Digest: Cricket

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IAN BOTHAM buried his differences with Somerset yesterday and accepted an honorary life membership. Eight years ago, the former England all-rounder quit in protest over Somerset's decision not to retain Viv Richards and Joel Garner. THE Australia A team will play three and four-day matches against seven counties when they tour England next year. The eight-week visit is the first incoming A tour to this country.

AUSTRALIA 1995 A TOUR: July: 3: England Amateur XI (1 day). 5-7: Somerset. 8-10: Glamorgan. 12: Minor Counties. 14: Netherlands. 15: Netherlands. 18: Yorkshire. 19-21: Derbyshire. 22-24: Worcestershire. 26: Gloucestershire. 28-31: Hampshire. August: 3-6: Leicestershire. 8: Surrey. 11-14: Sussex. 17-20: TCCB XI (Edgbaston).

MARK FELTHAM, the Middlesex all- rounder, is to undergo an ankle operation and will miss the remainder of the season.