Rawlins returns to help Sussex finish top
Delray Rawlins and his Sussex team-mates secured home-field advantage in the quarter-final of the Vitality Blast T20 after a convincing seven-wicket win away to Glamorgan yesterday.
Making his first appearance for his club since playing for Bermuda at the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier, the all-rounder scored 15 runs from seven balls, which included two sixes, as Sussex chased down Glamorgan’s 174 for four with 19 balls remaining.
He also took a catch off the bowling of David Weise to remove Glamorgan’s top scorer Shaun Marsh, who hit 52 from 50 balls, with two sixes and four fours.
Sussex were confirmed as winners of the South Group and will now meet the fourth-placed finisher in the North Group in the quarter-finals at 1st Central County Ground in Hove. The quarter-finals will take place from September 4 to 7.
“It was a pretty good performance from the lads,” Rawlins said. “We’re happy to secure a home quarter-final.”
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey led Sussex’s run chase, hitting ten fours and a six in his innings of 61 from 30 balls.
Laurie Evans chipped in with 45 from 31 balls, Phillip Salt 27 from 18 balls and Wiese 25 from 16 balls.
Wiese joined Evans at the crease in the twelfth over after Rawlins was bowled playing across the line and together they steered their team safely across the line via a match-winning 56-run fourth-wicket stand as Sussex replied with 176 for three.
Seam bowler Christopher Jordan was Sussex top bowler with two for 35.
Rawlins left the field before the end of Bermuda’s ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier match against Canada at White Hill Field on Saturday to catch a flight back to England so he could play against Glamorgan.
“It was an easy transition with it being the same format,” Rawlins added. “I enjoyed being back.”
Bermuda achieved their goal of qualifying for ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in Dubai, in October and November, after finishing runners-up behind unbeaten winners Canada at the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier, which the island hosted.
“That was the objective when Herbie [Bascome, the Bermuda coach] started a few months ago and it’s come to fruition,” Rawlins said. “It’s always an honour to play for your country, but to do qualify in your home country is always a pleasure.”
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