Rawlins struggles as Sussex climb to second
Delray Rawlins struggled with the bat but Sussex Sharks were still able to climb to second in the Vitality Blast South Group with a 13-run victory over Hampshire yesterday.
Having been sent into bat by their opposition at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Sussex found themselves in trouble in the first over as opener Calum MacLeod fell having only scored a single run.
That brought Bermuda’s Rawlins to the crease but he only fared slightly better, scoring 10 from eight balls before being brilliantly caught by Sam Northeast, running and catching over his shoulder, with 2.5 overs played and only 19 runs on the scoreboard.
However, Sussex’s innings, and eventual victory, was largely defined by two factors; captain Luke Wright heroics in his fourth-wicket 74-run partnership with David Wiese’s and Hampshire’s below average fielding.
Wright bludgeoned his way to 83, including seven fours and two sixes, while Wiese played a superb supporting role, adding a quickfire 41 from 26 balls to help his side set a total of 159 for five
In reply, Hampshire fell behind the run rate in the middle overs after losing opener Tom Alsop (43) as Sussex bowled tightly.
Apart from Alsop, only Joe Weatherley (25) made a significant contribution as Hampshire were restricted to 146 for six.
The result leaves Sussex second in the table on seven points, one adrift of unbeaten leaders Kent.
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