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Rawlins in select side call-up

Successful trip: the under-14 squad with coach Cal Waldron

Delray Rawlins has been named in a regional representative side in England.

The Bermuda Under-19 captain has been selected to play in the English Cricket Board’s Under-17s Super 4 competition, and is one of three Sussex players in the London and East 14-player squad.

Rawlins’s side will play against ones from the North, Midlands, and South West, playing each other once, with the top two teams then meeting in the final.

The competition runs from Monday to Saturday next week, with games played at the national cricket performance centre at Loughbrough University.

“I am very pleased with Delray’s continued progress in the very competitive environment in the ECB county and high performance arena,” Lloyd Fray, the Bermuda Cricket Board president, said. “I expect that he will take this opportunity with both hands and represent himself, his school Bedes and his country with pride and in the spirit of cricket.”

*Bermuda’s Under-14 team narrowly beat Essex Central in a nail-bitter yesterday.

Marcus Scotland, the Bermuda captain, scored an unbeaten 50 as Bermuda chased down Essex’s score with a ball to spare.

Essex were dismissed for 171, and Bermuda finished on 175 for seven.

The win was the second in two days for the under-14s, who beat Watford by two wickets on Sunday.

LeiLanni Nesbeth, who captained the side, Alex Withers-Clarke and Dominic Subair took two wickets each as Watford were bowled out for 120 in 35 overs.

Jarryd Richardson, who top scored for Bermuda with 28, and Nesbeth then opened the innings and got their side off to a solid start as Bermuda reached 121 for eight in 25.4 overs.

The under-16s, meanwhile, struggled in their game against Norfolk yesterday, losing by 63 runs.

Norfolk, batting first, scored 219 for three in their 40 overs, with Mathew Bint making an unbeaten 88, and Oscar Binny 54 in a stand of 124 for third wicket.

Bermuda were then bowled out for 156 in 34 overs, with only Dalin Richardson, who was 77 not out, and Azar Morrissey, who made 24, reaching double figures. George Angier did the damage with the ball for Norfolk, taking 5 for 40 from six overs.

Defeat was the second for the under-16s, who narrowly lost North Essex the day before.

Batting first, Bermuda were bowled out for 165 in 31.3 overs, with Nzari Paynter top scoring with 36. North Essex scrapped home with a ball to spare, finishing on 169 for nine.

Bermuda’s two development teams play again today, with the under-14s playing an Invitational XI at Bedes, and the under-16s taking on Oxfordshire.