Rawlins top scores as England push on
Delray Rawlins scored 140 after adding 16 runs to his overnight score in the first innings of the England Under-19’s Second Youth Test against India in Nagpur yesterday.
Rawlins was England’s top scorer, hitting two sixes and 19 fours from 280 balls before his marathon 6½ hours at the crease was ended when he was bowled by the slow left arm of Anukul Roy.
The Bermudian was the sixth batsman out with the score on 273 on the first delivery of the 100th over as England were dismissed for 375 in 135.5 overs.
Rawlins came to the wicket in the second over of the first day, with England two wickets down for only one run.
Before he could get off the mark, and without an additional run scored, England lost their third wicket — both George Bartlett and captain Max Holden back in the pavilion without having troubled the scorers.
Rawlins, coming off an unbeaten 70 in the second innings of the drawn first Test to end a run of relatively low scores, saw off the hat-trick ball from seam bowler Rishab Bhagat and settled the innings in the company of wicketkeeper Ollie Pope.
Rawlins’s overnight partner, Will Jacks, was bowled 77 after adding just 11 runs to his score yesterday, while Henry Brookes weighed in with a vital 60 not out after coming in at No 10.
India finished day two on 153 for three, still 222 runs behind England.
Rawlins, a left-arm spinner, bowled two overs for six runs. Openers Abhishek Goswami and Utkarsh Singh put on 68 for the first wicket, Goswami scoring 58 from 77 balls while Singh added 19 before he was caught by Brook off the bowling of Liam Patterson-White in the eighteenth over.
Saurabh Singh is on 43 not out going into day three of the four-day match.
Rawlins made a dream start to his England career by stroking a match-winning 107 in the opening One-Day International and followed that superb innings up with knocks of 46, 96, 9 and 17 — the latter three innings after being promoted to No 4. India won the ODI series 3-1.
The Sussex all-rounder finished the series with 275 runs at an average of 68.75 with one century and a half-century.
Rawlins also claimed eight wickets at an average of 29.87.
Rawlins, who scored a half-century on his Cup Match debut at Somerset Cricket Club in 2014, signed a one-year professional contract with Sussex in September last year. He moved to England five years ago.