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World 'sees Murali as thrower' CRICKET ROUND-UP.

Australian cricket umpire Ross Emerson says many players around the world believe Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan throws the ball.

"I was told by a member of the Australian team that if a secret poll was taken of cricketers around the world, it would be 100 per cent in support of the idea that he throws," Emerson said yesterday.

The umpire's comments are likely to raise the temperature ahead of Australia's tour to Sri Lanka later this month.

Emerson called Muralitharan for throwing during a limited-overs match against England at the Adelaide Oval last January. His call prompted Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga to lead his players off in protest.

Emerson said he did not regret no-balling Muralitharan and believes his forthright manner cost him his job. "I think the whole world believes there is something funny about Muralitharan's action," he said.

Shrops fall short in victory race

Herefordshire and Shropshire drew their Minor Counties Championship match at Kingsland yesterday.

Shropshire dismissed Herefordshire for 162 then forfeited their first innings in a bid to force a win following several hours of lost play due to rain on the first day.

Herefordshire accepted the challenge and declared their second innings on 106 for four with Karl Pearson hitting 57.

Set 269 to win in 56 overs Brian Jones led the Shropshire charge with two sixes and eight fours in an innings of 96 but the visitors were 46 runs short of victory at the close.

Shropshire gained four points to Herefordshire's one.

MINOR COUNTIES SCORES

Netherfield: Northumberland 103 & 272-5 (A T Heather 123, D J H Walder 68no), Cumberland 176-8 & 202-4 (A A Metcalfe 105no, D J Pearson 51). Cumberland (22pts) bt Northumberland (3) by six wickets.

Luctonians (Kingsland): Hereford 162 (J P Wright 54) & 106-4 (K Pearson 57), Shrops forfeited 1st innings & 223-8 (J B R Jones 96, K E Cooper 4-48). Match drawn. Hereford 1, Shrops 4.

Thame: Oxon v Cheshire (Match abandoned). Oxon 5, Cheshire 5.

Lakenham: Norfolk v Staffs (No play due to rain).
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