Snow stops play: Delray Rawlins and Sussex settle for draw with Lancashire
Delray Rawlins, the Sussex all-rounder, says he is encouraged by the performance and determination that he and his team-mates demonstrated in their drawn LV= Insurance County Championship match against Lancashire.
The two rivals had to settle for a share of the spoils after snow brought proceedings to an early halt on the fourth and final day’s play at Emirates Old Trafford yesterday.
Sussex were 103 for two in their second innings when the covers came on, three runs behind overall, with opener Aaron Thomason (46) and Tom Clark (14) at the crease.
Lancashire claimed 16 points and Sussex 14 points after play was unable to resume because of the unseasonal weather conditions.
“It was a good, tough game,” Rawlins told The Royal Gazette.
“Shame not to get a result. But as a team we were happy with the way we played. We fought hard and it’s important to back it up next week at Glamorgan.”
Sussex and Glamorgan will do battle in the four-day championship at Sophia Gardens, starting from Thursday.
Rawlins and his team-mates overcame an early slide to compile 301 all out in their first innings after winning the toss and electing to take first strike.
Playing in their first championship match under new coach Ian Salisbury, the former England leg spinner, Sussex found themselves reeling at 14 for three and then 40 for four.
However, Rawlins and the in-form Tom Haines steadied the ship, adding 62 runs in 14 overs to bring up the hundred.
Bermuda all-rounder Rawlins let his intentions be known right from the outset as he got off the mark with a beautifully straight-driven four off opening bowler Tom Bailey.
But an innings that featured some excellent running between the wickets and promised much ended when he was dismissed leg-before without offering a shot to a Luke Wood inswinger after making 18 from 36 balls, which included two boundaries.
Haines soldiered on in Rawlins’s absence to lead the Sussex fightback, blasting 20 boundaries on the way to a career-best innings of 155 from 263 balls, his second successive century in the championship.
The opening bat added 126 for the seventh wicket along with Ollie Robinson, the vice-captain, who chipped in with an equally vital 59 from 116 balls that contained seven fours and a six.
“Tommy played a brilliant knock,” Rawlins added. “It was nice to watch.
“I just tried to support him as much as possible. All credit to him, though.”
Sussex fell behind as Dane Vilas produced a genuine captain’s innings on the way to brilliant 189 from 252 balls, which contained 17 boundaries, to place the hosts in the driver’s seat.
Vilas featured in several fruitful partnerships, including a fifth-wicket stand of 125 with fellow middle-order batsman Rob Jones (58), which helped Lancashire recover from an early collapse that saw them pegged back at 40 for three on day two.
The hosts were eventually dismissed for 407, a first-innings lead of 106.
Sussex used six bowlers with Rawlins bowling nine wicketless overs of slow left-arm that cost 38 runs.
Sean Hunt led the visitors’ attack with three for 47, with fellow seamer Robinson and off spinner Jack Carson claiming two wickets each.