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Rawlins gets good advice from spin doctors

On the ball: the slow bowling of Delray Rawlins is set to improve after last month’s work (Photograph by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Delray Rawlins appears to be reaping the benefits from last month’s spin-bowling camp with England Lions in Queensland, Australia.

The Bermudian all-rounder made an impact with his slow left-arm bowling, playing for Sydney Cricket Club in the New South Wales Premier League last weekend.

He claimed one for 50 from 16 overs on day one of the Town versus Gown match against Sydney University on Saturday, then took three for 21 in his team’s two-wicket triumph over Mosman in the Poidevin-Gray Shield the next day.

“I’m enjoying my cricket in Sydney and it’s a good league to be in,” Rawlins, who also stroked 37 from 22 balls in the T20 win over Mosman, told The Royal Gazette.

“I just want to keep trying to contribute to helping the lads win games.”

During the weeklong spin-bowling camp, the former St George’s Cup Match player worked with Peter Such, the England and Wales Cricket Board spin bowling coach, and Stuart MacGill, the former Australia leg spinner, as well as Surrey’s Amar Virdi and the Somerset pair of Jack Leach and Dom Bess.

He was among a trio of promising spinners who have been playing in the New South Wales Premier League and training with the New South Wales State squad as part of the Overseas Placements section of the ECB’s International Pathways scheme. He was joined by leg spinners Matthew Parkinson, of Lancashire, and Derbyshire’s Matt Critchley.

Rawlins is one of eight players awarded an Overseas Placement by the ECB.

The ECB’s Overseas Placements programme is designed to give talented young cricketers the chance to develop their independence on and off the field and expose them to competitive cricket and good coaching to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Rawlins made four appearances for Sussex in the Specsavers County Championship Second Division last season, making his first-class debut against Kent on the opening day of the campaign.

He also helped Sussex win the Second XI Twenty20 tournament and signed a new deal in October keeping him at the club at least until the end of 2019.