Rawlins’ season ends in a washout
No play was possible for the second straight day because of rain as Delray Rawlins’s season with Sussex ended with a draw against Worcestershire at the 1st Central County Ground yesterday.
Talks of early lunch and afternoon inspections were not necessary as more overnight and early morning rain dashed any hopes of play on the final day as both teams picked up five points for the draw while Sussex gained an extra two bonus batting points after scoring 299 for eight in their first innings with Rawlins scoring 58.
No play was possible on the last two days, with Sussex making an early start to the end-of-season awards in the pavilion yesterday.
Ollie Robinson was named four-day Player of the Year for the second straight year after taking 63 County championship wickets in just eleven matches at an average of 16.44, including six five-wicket hauls and three ten wicket performances in a match, more than anyone in the country.
Robinson also won the “Champagne moment” performance of the year award for his 14 wickets in the County Championship match against Middlesex at the County Ground in August. He claimed eight for 34 in the first innings and six for 101 in the second to lead Sussex to victory.
For the second year in a row, Phil Salt was named Young Player of the Year. The 23-year-old was Sussex Sharks’ top-scorer in the Vitality Blast with 406 runs at a strike rate of 161.11, including a career-best 78 not out against Glamorgan.
Salt also contributed 241 runs at an average of 40.16 in the Royal London One-Day Cup, with his 137 not out against Kent Spitfires also a career-best. In the Championship, Salt scored 603 runs including two centuries against Northamptonshire and Glamorgan. He has also proved invaluable in the field, taking a total of 29 catches across the three formats.
David Wiese was named the one-day Player of the Year. The all-rounder topped Sussex’s averages in the Royal London One-Day cup, scoring 395 runs at 98.75, including a county record 171 against Hampshire and three other scores of fifty or more. Wiese also scored 284 runs in the Vitality Blast, with an average of 40.57 and a strike-rate of 149.47.
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