Rawlins produces defiant innings
Delray Rawlins, the Sussex all-rounder, produced a courageous display with the bat on day two of his team’s Specsavers County Championship against Northamptonshire at The 1st Central County Ground yesterday.
The Bermudian hammered six boundaries on the way to a top score of 31 from 64 balls batting at No 6. However, it was not enough to prevent Sussex from being bowled out for a paltry 106 — their lowest total in 12 years — replying to Northampton’s first innings total of 273 all out.
David Wiese (28), who featured in a 34 run seventh wicket partnership with Rawlins, Oliver Robinson (11 not out) and captain Ben Brown (10) were the remaining Sussex batsmen in double figures.
Northamptonshire new-ball pair Ben Sanderson and Brett Hutton inflicted the heaviest damage. Sanderson finished with six for 37, his best figures of the season, while England Under-19 team-mate Hutton took three for 47 to lead the visiting side’s attack.
Northamptonshire opted not to enforce the follow on after the home side were dismissed in 44.1 overs and at stumps were 212 for four in their second innings, an overall lead of 379 going into today’s penultimate day of the four-day match.
Rawlins followed up his battling knock by claiming the wicket of South African Test batsman Temba Bavuma with his left-arm spin after being brought into the attack as fourth change. His overnight figures were one for 14 from seven overs including two maidens.
The 21-year-old is making his second straight appearance for Sussex’s first team having featured in their previous Championship outing at home to Durham last week.
Rawlins shone with both bat and ball in a losing cause, thumping 56 in the first innings and putting on 109 for the eighth wicket with Wiese, which is a record between the two sides.
He also claimed three for 19 in the first innings and stroked an unbeaten 20 in the second innings before Durham secured a resounding 196-run victory after tea on the final day of the match.
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