Sporting Digest: Cricket

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IAN BISHOP, Derbyshire's injury- plagued fast bowler, yesterday announced that he was planning to play again in March. The West Indian did not play for his county last season because of a stress fracture in his lower back.

WASIM HASAN SHAH, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan, said yesterday that Pakistan were unlikely to take part in this month's six-nation Bengal Jubilee one-day tournament in India, and that the subsequent Test series between the two countries was also in doubt. Threats to sportsmen by an extremist leader and the mosque siege in Kashmir 'have made the cricket tour very difficult,' he said. However, he denied that this would affect the two countries' joint-hosting of the World Cup in 1996.

SOUTH AFRICA SQUAD (for Bengal Jubilee Tournament, India, 7-27 Nov, and three- Test tour of Australia): K C Wessels (capt), W J Cronje (vice-capt), D J Callaghan, D Cullinan, F de Villiers, A A Donald, A C Hudson, B M McMillan, C R Matthews, J N Rhodes, D J Richardson, D Rundle, R P Snell, E Stewart, P L Symcox.

TOUR MATCH (Newcastle, Aus): New South Wales 299 for 8 dec and 109 (D Morrison 6-54). New Zealand 163 and 247 for 7. New Zealand won by 3 wickets.

SHEFFIELD SHIELD (Perth): Western Australia 211 and 373; Queensland 430 and 158 for 1 (M Hayden 96no). Queensland won by 9 wickets.

CASTLE CUP: (Stellenbosch): Boland 454 and 329 for 5 dec (W Truter 110no, C Dettmer 93); Transvaal 351. Match drawn. (Port Elizabeth): Border 322 and 342 for 7 (P Kirsten 181, M Stonier 75); Eastern Province 457 for 9 dec. Match drawn. (Verwoerdburg): Western Province 510 for 7 dec and 67 for 3; Northern Transvaal 210 and 366 (C Lambert 137, K Rule 122; G Kirsten

6-68, Meyrick Pringle 4-43). Western Province win by 7 wickets. (Bloemfontein): Orange Free State 450 for 8 dec and 317 for 4 dec; Natal 435 and 181. Orange Free State win by 151 runs.

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