Rawlins takes two catches
Delray Rawlins and his South team-mates suffered defeat at Kensington Oval in Barbados yesterday against the North who levelled the three-game North-South Series.
The North won the 50 overs contest at the Test venue by 46 runs to take the series into tomorrow’s decider at Three Ws Oval, also located in Bridgetown.
Rawlins was dismissed for a two-ball duck in his team’s run chase.
Earlier, the 20-year-old Sussex all rounder held two catches and had a brief spell with his left-arm spin in the first innings as the North posted 335 for eight in their allotted overs after being sent to bat.
The North side got off to a blistering start, motoring along at nine runs per over. They were 95 without but lost four wickets for 37 runs to slip to 132 for four inside of nine overs.
A timely 108-run stand between Nottinghamshire’s Steven Mullaney, the North captain, and Brett D’Oliveira steadied the ship before an explosive innings from Derbyshire all-rounder Matt Critchley powered the North past the triple century mark.
Worcestershire pair D’Oliveira (79) and Joe Clarke (71) and Critchley (64) all made half-centuries with Lancashire’s Alex Davies, the wicketkeeper, and Mullaney both scoring 42.
Paul Walter, the Essex left-arm seam bowler, was the pick of the South attack with three for 67. Sam Curran, the Surrey left-arm seam bowler, and Dominic Bess, the Somerset off-spinner, took two wickets each.
In reply, South opener Nick Gubbins scored a second consecutive century (109) and Laurie Evans hit 64.
However, it wasn’t enough as Matt Parkinson, the Lancashire leg-spinner, claimed three vital wickets as the South were dismissed for 289.
The triumph was the North’s first in the series at the fifth attempt.
Rawlins and his team-mates went in yesterday’s match on the verge of clinching the series after beating the North by 63 runs in Sunday’s opening match.
The South piled up 347 all out, the highest total in limited overs at Kensington Oval, after being sent to bat. Man of the match and Middlesex player Gubbins scored 116, Rawlins 53 and Daniel Bell-Drummond 52.
Curran and Bess claimed two wickets and Walter two with the new ball as the South were dismissed for 284 in the 48th over.
The South squad is led by Sam Northeast, the Kent captain, and coached by Mark Ramprakash, the former England batsman. Paul Collingwood, another former England batsman, is the coach of the North squad.
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