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Rawlins to feature in centenary match

In good company: Delray Rawlins will be lining up with several of his Sussex team-mates in a prestigious Twenty20 challenge match today (Photograph courtesy of Sussex Cricket)

Delray Rawlins will compete against some of his Sussex team-mates in a T20 challenge match today marking the centenary of the 7th Duke of Richmond’s gift of Priory Park to the people of Chichester.

The Bermudian all-rounder has been named in Sussex’s team that will face a Duke of Richmond XI boasting Rawlins’s Sussex team-mates Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan and Luke Wright at Priory Park, Chichester. Rob Andrew, the Sussex chief executive, has also been included in the Duke of Richmond XI.

“Sussex Cricket are delighted to be part of the 100-year celebrations of the gifting of Priory Park to the people of Chichester by the 7th Duke of Richmond,” Andrew commented on the club’s website.

“The rich history of Goodwood and cricket stretches back several hundred years when the game was first created in this part of Sussex.

“We are looking forward to bringing our squad to Priory Park and to building a stronger connection between Sussex Cricket and Goodwood over the years to come.”

The Duke of Richmond added: ”Cricket remains to this day an integral part of the estate and it is therefore truly fitting that we should host Sussex County Cricket Club in this exciting game, to celebrate 100 years since the 7th Duke of Richmond gave Priory Park to the City of Chichester. I am sure that this will be a wonderful and competitive game, to be enjoyed by all.”

Rawlins was a member of the Sussex Sharks team that finished runners up in this season’s Vitality Blast Twenty20 competition after losing to Worcestershire Rapids by five wickets in the final at Edgbaston.

The 21-year old, the first Bermudian to play in the major cricket final in England, played his part in a final in front of 25,000 spectators with 21 from 16 balls.