ANGLO-AUSSIE CHALLENGE MATCHES ARE AXED
LONDON, Nov 15 (AFP) - The challenge matches between
Australia's Sheffield winners and England's county champions have
been axed from next year's English programme.
The sponsors have decided not to commit themselves to a repeat of
a one-day game and a four-day fixture after shelling out 100,000
pounds last season on the clashes between Victoria and Essex.
There will still be plenty of international cricket in England next
summer, though, with the host country playing five one-day games
and five Tests against Pakistan.
All but the third Test at Old ly will include Sunday play following
this year's successful experiment with the West Indies.
Meanwhile, Durham have been made to feel at home on their entry
to English first-class cricket next year.
After a friendly against Oxford University at Oxford on April 14,
they can look forward to consecutive home games against
Lancashire in the Sunday League, Glamorgan in the Benson and
Hedges Cup, and Leicestershire in the County Championship and
The addition of an 1rst-class county will not disrupt the
championship format. Each side still plays 22 games, 16 over three
days and six over four.
However, the Benson and Hedges Cup looks somewhat messy with
three groups of five and one of six in the qualifying round.
May: 3 v Duchess Norfolk XI (Arundel), 4 v Kent (Canterbury),
6-8 v Worcestershire (Worcester),
9-11 v Glamorgan (Cardiff), 13-15 v Somerset (Taunton), 16 v
Sussex (Hove), 17 v Sussex (Hove), 20 v England (Lord's), 22 v
England (Oval), 23-25 v Leicestershire (Leicester), 27-28 v England
Amateur XI (Luton), 30-1 v Middlesex (Lord's)
4-8 v England (Edgbaston), 10-12 v Nottinghamshire/Kent (Trent
Bridge/Canterbury), 13-15 v Northamptonshire (Northampton),
18-22 v England (Lord's), 24-26 v Combined Universities
(Cambridge), 27-29 v Hampshire (Southampton)
July: 2-7 v England (Old Trafford), 9 v League Cricket Conference
(Haslingden), 11 v Scotland (Glasgow), 12 v Scotland (Glasgow),
14-16 v Durham (Chester-le-Street), 18-20 v Derbyshire (Derby),
23-27 v England (Headingley), 29-30 v Minor Counties (Marlow)
Aug3 v Essex (Chelmsford), 6-10 v England (Oval), 12 v
Warwickshire (Edgbaston), 13 v Warwickshire (Edgbaston), 15-17
v Gloucestershire (Bristol), 20 v England (Trent Bridge), 22 v
England (Lord's), 24 v England (Old Trafford), 26-28 v World XI
INJURIES HIT INDIAN CRICKETERS
PERTH, Australia, Nov 16 (AFP) - India start a tough Australian
tour here on Sunday with skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Krish
Srikkanth sidelined before the first ball has been bowled.
The pair have been ruled out of the game against an Australian
Cricket Board Chairman's XI at Lilac Hill and a more significant
day-night clash with the pful Western Australia at the WACA
Ground here on Monday.
Azharuddin pulled a muscle in his left groin while helping to lift
luggage after the touring party arrived here on Saturday.
Srikkanth is nursing a sore left instep after being struck several
blows by deliveries from fast bowler Allan Donald in the third
one-day match against South Africa in India on Thursday.
Indian manager Abbas Ali Baig said the injuries were a frustration,
but he expected the pair to be fit for the ofirst-class game, a
four-day fixture against New South Wales at Lismore next Saturday.
Azharuddin said he was in painful, but expected the injury to
respond to ultrasound treatment. "There is no point in taking any
chances and playing before the injury has fully repaired itself," he
"It is a nuisance at the start of the tour, but I am very hopeful I will
be ready for the four-day outing."
To add to India's woes, unseasonal rain wrecked the first training
session at the Ground. Players had only a limited workout on indoor
Baig said though, "I suppose it will not matter too much as long as
we get a good workout at Lilac Hill on Sunday."
Time is a precious commodity for the tourists, who line up against
Australia in the first of the five Tests on November 22.
Shastri (capt), Sanjay Manjrekar, Sachin Tendulkar, Dilip
Vengsarkar, Praveen Amre, Saurav Ganguly, Kapil Dev, Manoj
Prabhakar, Jawagal Srinath, Subroto Benerjee, Kiran More,
Venkatapathy Raju, Narendra Hirwani.
AUSTRALIAN CRICKET BOARD CHAIRMAN'S XI:
Geoff Marsh (capt), Mike Veletta, Giles Bush, Brendon Julian,
Mark Lavender, Dennis Lillee, Graham McKenzie, Chris Mack,
Damien Martyn, Tom Moody, Bruce Reid, Tim Zoehrer.
INDIA BEATEN IN TOUR OPENER
PERTH, Australia, Nov 17 (AFP) - India crashed to a 29-run defeat
in the opening game of their Australian tour at Lilac Hill Park near
here on Sunday.
India scored 225-7 after an Australian Cricket Board Chairman's XI
had made 254-6 in the limited-overs clash.
India's best effort came from Dilip Vengsarkar who made an
PERTH, Australia, Nov 17 (AFP) - Scorecard from Australian
Cricket Board Chairman's XI v India match on Sunday.
A.C.B. CHAIRMAN'S XI
G. Marsh c Banerjee b Srinath ............. 106
M. Veletta b Banerjee ...................... 18
M. Lavender c Hirwani b Tendulkar .......... 54
T. Moody c Raju b Srinath .................. 35
. Martyn c Raju b Srinath ................. 12
T. Zoehrer not out .......................... 7
B. Julian c Banerjee b Kapil Dev ........... 10
G. Bush not out ............................. 0
Extras: (4lb, 4w, 4nb) ..................... 12
TOTAL (six wickets - 50 overs) ............ 254
FALL OF WICKETS:
1-31, 2-147, 3-216, 4-234, 5-242, 6-254.Bowling: Kapil Dev
10-2-36-1 (3w, 1nb), Banerjee 10-1-37-1 (1w, 2nb), Srinath
10-0-56-3, Shastri 3-0-13-0, Hirwani 9-0-0, Raju 3-0-28-0,
Tendulkar 5-0-32-1 (1b).
R. Shastri c Reid b McKenzie ............... 40
C. Pandit c Zoehrer b Lillee ............... 20
S. Manjrekar c Reid b McKenzie ............. 22
S. Tendulkar c Marsh b Martyn .............. 24
D. Vengsarkar not out ...................... 58
S. Ganguly c Veletta b Martyn ............... 2
Kapil Dev c Veletta b Martyn ............... 19
J. Srinath b Bush .......................... 17
S. Banerjet out ........................ 14
Extras: (4lb, 5w) ........................... 9
TOTAL (seven wickets - 50 overs) .......... 225
FALL OF WICKETS:
1-50, 2-83, 3-104, 4-118, 5-123, 6-152, 7-202
Reid 10-0-30-0 (1w), Lillee 10-1-26-1 (3w), McKenzie7-0-34-2,
Julian 6-0-28-0, Bush10-0-61-1, Martyn 6-0-26-3 (1w), Marsh
CHAIRMAN'S X1 WON BY 29 RUNS.
HUGHES TOPPLES SOUTH AUSTRALIA
MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov 18 (AFP) - Merv Hughes grabbed
four for 32 as Victoria thrashed South Australia by an innings and
24 runs midway through the last day of the Sheffield Shield match
at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here Monday.
South Australia, resuming at two for 110, were bowled out for 246
an hour after lunch.
Jamie Brayshaw 90 but Hughes and Paul Reiffel, who claimed four
for 54, did the damage.
Hughes and Reiffel shared 15 wickets between them for the match
and Victoria joined Queensland at the top of the Shield table on
South Australian captain Jamie Siddons, after a first innings two,
was out for a duck after he was struck in the face and slumped
across his stumps.
A wicked delivery from Hughes kicked sharply from just short of
a good length, deflected off his glove and stuck hir the left eye,
fracturing his cheek.
Victoria 514 for 8 dec defeated South Australia 244 and 246 (J.
Brayshaw 90, A. Hilditch 50, M. Hughes 4 for 32, P. Reiffel 4 for
VICTORIA WON BY AN INNINGS AND 24 RUNS.