Rawlins extends deal with Sussex
Delray Rawlins has had his contract at English county club Sussex extended.
The 19-year-old all-rounder has signed a new one-year deal keeping him at the club until the end of 2018.
“I'm obviously pleased to extend my contract,” said Rawlins, who initially signed a first professional contract with Sussex last October. “I've had a good winter and this is a reward of going to India and doing well.”
Rawlins underlined his potential on his England Under-19 debut in India, where he averaged 78.42 with the bat, thumping two centuries and two half-centuries, and claimed nine wickets with his slow left-arm.
“I always back myself to do well, but even I exceeded my expectations there,” Rawlins said. “It was nice to get runs in a place where it is often hard to do so.
“It's nice to have that extra year on top now. I'm feeling good at the moment. I want to play as much cricket as I can in the first team and do as well as I can.”
Rawlins has progressed through Sussex's academy system at Hove, playing for the Second XI during the past two seasons while completing his education at St Bede's School.
“It's really exciting for another young prospect to extend their contract with us,” Mark Davis, the Sussex head coach, said. “We have some really talented young players coming through and Delray fits firmly into the category.
“He had a fantastic winter with the England Under-19 side and gained some vital experience, which stands him in good stead for challenging for first-team honours this season.”
Rawlins scored 25 in a 50-overs match against Somerset on Monday. It was the first of two white-ball matches at the 1st Central County Ground, with Sussex going down by six wickets in the first game and by 120 runs in the second match on Tuesday.