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Delray Rawlins claimed two for 12 from six overs for Sussex as Yorkshire were dismissed for 150 in 50.5 overs on the opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at the County Ground in Hove.

Yorkshire, who have England captain Joe Root and off spinner Dom Bess in their team, won the toss and made a promising start through openers Adam Lyth (42) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (17) in a first-wicket stand of 60 before losing seven wickets for 66 runs in a stunning collapse on a good batting wicket.

First wickets of new season: Delray Rawlins

Rawlins, with his slow left-arm, claimed the fifth and sixth wickets to reduce Yorkshire to 102 for five and 126 for six. He bowled Harry Brook for 14 with one that turned and knocked back off stump, and then had Bess caught behind for 17 while attempting a cut shot.

At the close in response, Sussex reached 118 for three. Rawlins is due to bat at No 6.

George Garton led the Sussex bowling with three wickets in 21 balls including Root, leg-before for five, while new-ball attack Ollie Robinson and Sean Hunt claimed two wickets each.

Sussex opener Tom Haines, who has already made scores of 87 and 155 this season, continued his excellent form with an unbeaten 71 as they finished the day in a strong position, despite Yorkshire fighting back to take two wickets on 104 near the close.

Captain Ben Brown must have feared the worst when Steve Patterson, the Yorkshire captain, won the toss under a cloudless blue sky and opted to bat.

England coach Chris Silverwood and chief scout James Taylor had come to watch Sussex seamer Robinson and to monitor Jofra Archer’s fitness as he continues his recovery from finger and elbow injuries. But Silverwood would have been impressed with left-armer Garton, who swung the ball consistently at good pace during his 11 overs.

The 24-year-old was on England’s radar a few years ago when he joined the squad preparing for the 2017 Ashes in Australia. He then suffered two side injuries, but is now demonstrating his all-round skills, having made a career-best 97 in last week’s win over Glamorgan.

Sussex’s catching was faultless and there was a real energy in their fielding, too. It is still early days, but the performances against Lancashire and Glamorgan have clearly engendered plenty of confidence in a team containing seven players who have come through Sussex’s academy system.

Bess briefly had to go off for treatment after hurting his hand while fielding, before the England off spinner bowled 13 wicketless overs after tea. Duanne Olivier took two late wickets, including overseas player Stiaan van Zyl for 16 to check Sussex’s progress.

However, Haines again played a big role, his unbeaten 71 coming off 102 balls and including nine fours.

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Published April 23, 2021 at 8:20 am (Updated April 23, 2021 at 8:20 am)

Delray Rawlins claims two wickets as Sussex dominate first day against Yorkshire

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