Rawlins eager to make an impact in Barbados
Delray Rawlins is pushing for a place in the South squad for tomorrow’s opening game of the three-game North-South Series at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The Bermudian all-rounder and his Sussex team-mate George Garton have been named in a 13-man South squad to be led by Sam Northeast, the Kent captain, and coached by Mark Ramprakash, the former England batsman.
The North squad will be led by Steven Mullaney, the Nottinghamshire captain, and coached by former England batsman Paul Collingwood.
“Both teams are high quality, so it should be a tough but enjoyable series,” Rawlins told The Royal Gazette.
“Just my name being thrown around in those pool of players is exciting. I am looking forward to it.”
The remaining games of the series will be held on March 21 and 23 at the Test venue in Bridgetown.
Rawlins has also been chosen in the Marylebone Cricket Club’s 11-member squad that will face English County Championship first division champions Essex in the Champion County Match under floodlights at Kensington Oval between March 27 and 30.
The MCC squad also boasts former Test players and will be captained by former England Under-19 player Daniel Bell-Drummond.
The Champion County Match is a four-day first-class match, which also serves as the traditional curtain-raiser to the English County Championship campaign.
MCC, founded in 1787, is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord’s, the traditional London home of English cricket.
MCC has visited Bermuda on multiple occasions, the last of which being in 2011, when the club suffered a crushing 104-run defeat against Bermuda’s 2007 World Cup team in a Twenty20 contest under floodlights at Somerset Cricket Club.
Rawlins has been playing in the New South Wales Premier League and training with the New South Wales State squad in Australia this winter as part of the Overseas Placements section of the ECB’s International Pathways scheme.
The 20-year-old made four appearances for Sussex in the Specsavers County Championship Second Division last season, making his first-class debut against Kent on the opening day of the campaign.
He also helped Sussex win the Second XI Twenty20 tournament.
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