Rawlins named in Sussex squad for quarters
Delray Rawlins has retained his place in Sussex Sharks's squad for their T20 Vitality Blast quarter-final clash against Lancashire Lightning at The 1st Central County Ground today.
The Bermuda all-rounder has been named in Jason Gillespie's 16-man squad who are making their third straight appearance in quarter-final and facing Lancashire in a T20 affair for the first time in nine years.
Sussex clinched their place in the quarter-finals with a four-wicket win over champions Essex Eagles in their final South Group match at The Cloudfm County Ground.
Rawlins, 23, has produced his best cricket of the season in the competition as he struck a match-winning half century (62) against Kent Spitfires and claimed career best T20 figures of three for 21 with his left-arm spin in a three-wicket win over Middlesex.
Gillespie, the former Australia fast bowler, says his players are up for today's big clash at home to Lancashire.
“The boys are in a pretty good place going into Thursday's quarter-final,” he told the Sussex website. “We've had a couple of really good days of training and we're all really excited. We're going into the game with a really open mind and a really clear idea of how we're going to go about facing Lancashire and implement our skills to the best of our ability.
“I think everyone would like to see Luke Wright [Sussex captain] lifting that trophy over the weekend, but we understand we've got a tough challenge against Lancashire first.
“We're energised by that challenge — it's not everyday you get to play a quarter-final.
“The lads are up and about for it, so hopefully we can play well and give ourselves a chance of getting to Finals Day.”
Today's remaining quarter-finals will see Notts take on Leicestershire at home, Surrey host Kent while Gloucestershire are at home to Northamptonshire.
The semi-finals and final will be played on October 3 at Edgbaston.