Sporting Digest: Cricket

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CEC PEPPER, once described by Colin Cowdrey as 'the greatest cricketer never to be capped by Australia', has died in Littleborough, near Rochdale, aged 75.

SUSSEX made a profit of pounds 41,348 last season - the fifth successive year they have been in the black.

SURREY have signed Graham Kersey, the Kent wicketkeeper, on a two-year contract. Kersey, 21, from Plumstead, made his county debut in 1991.

BENSON AND HEDGES COMPETITION: (Cape Town): Western Province bt Orange Free State by 20 runs. Western Province 107 (Dave Rundle 3-10); Orange Free State 87. (East London): Transvaal bt Border by 26 runs. Transvaal 217-8; Border 191-7.