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Last Updated: Monday, 11 August, 2003, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK
It's just not cricket
Catherine Zeta Jones
Now don't let me put you off your stroke, boys

Zeta sweetener

Cricketers in Wales are being offered 100 to hit a ball into Catherine Zeta Jones' new home.

The cash has been put up by the local cricket club in Mumbles, near Swansea, and will go to the first player who achieves the feat.

Mumbles Cricket Club is situated just 650ft from the 1m mansion bought by Zeta Jones and husband Michael Douglas - work on which was completed a few weeks ago.

Mark Portsmouth, chairman of 'the other MCC', said: "It would have to be a massive six, but it would be fun if someone did it.

"Can you imagine them returning the ball?"

One thing's for sure, the ball would have to be hit very hard to break the windows, because they are bullet-proof. Even Andrew Flintoff might have a struggle on his hands.

Passport to disaster

Pakistan's reserve wicket-keeper, Kamran Akmal, has been prevented from joining up with his team-mates, after his passport was locked away.

Now, what was that combination again?

The 21-year-old was due to link up with the squad at a training camp last week, but discovered the manager of his club side had mistakenly put the documents in his own locker.

By the time he realised what had happened, the manager was abroad on holiday.

Akmal has been playing for Ireland's Limavady Club over the summer, and recently scored a record 160 in the final of the North West Cup final.

He will be understudy to Rashid Latif for the forthcoming Test series against Bangladesh in Pakistan, but will not be able to retrieve his documents until 16 August. The first Test starts on 20 August.

A statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board read: "Kamran will be unable to join the training his club boss has left for vacation and at the same time has locked Kamran's passport in his locker."

Maybe England could try the same thing with a few of their players' passports - and not bother finding them.

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