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Delray Rawlins makes 26 as Sussex build huge first-innings lead against Leicestershire

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Delray Rawlins scored 26 off 58 balls during 59 minutes at the crease as Sussex scored 386 for six at the close of day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship second division match with Leicestershire.

Sussex lead by 176 runs with four wickets in hand, with Rawlins sharing in a stand of 60 with Tom Clark, who led the batting with a knock of 138 in 358 minutes, hitting 18 fours.

Delray Rawlins leads the celebrations as Tom Clark goes to his second century of the season during the second day of the County Championship match against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Clark would finish with 138. Rawlins was out for 26 to a sharp catch at slip (Photograph courtesy of Sussex County Cricket Club)

Rawlins was fifth out on 296, falling to a brilliant catch at second slip by Rishi Patel diving to his left. The Bermuda all-rounder hit two fours and a six in his innings as he and Clark carried the score from 236 to 296 after coming together before tea.

It was the second century of the season for the 21-year-old Clark after in-form batsman Cheteshwar Pujara went cheaply, trapped leg-before by Ben Mike for three after facing only seven balls.

After captain Tom Haines moved from 22 overnight to his fourth half-century of the season with an even 50 from 45 balls at the top of the of the innings, Clarke got good support from wicketkeeper Oli Carter, who contributed 72 at No 5.

Haines was dismissed after chopping a ball on to his stumps and when Pujara departed soon afterwards to Mike’s first ball of the day, Sussex were 96 for three.

A stand of 140 between Clark and Carter on either side of lunch took Sussex past the 210 posted by Leicestershire.

Carter was more aggressive after the break, as he reached his fifty off 11 balls. Clark continued to bat sensibly as the partnership reached 140 before Carter was bowled playing down the wrong line against off spinner Colin Ackermann.

Clark reached his century soon after with a boundary as he got good support from Rawlins and then 17-year-old Archie Lenham, who finished the day on 46 not out.

Clark departed just before the close on 381 for six, with Mike taking a good, one-handed catch at short mid-on off Callum Parkinson.

Parkinson was the pick of the Leicestershire bowlers with two for 75 from 24 overs after coming on as first change.

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Published May 14, 2022 at 7:24 am (Updated May 14, 2022 at 9:53 am)

Delray Rawlins makes 26 as Sussex build huge first-innings lead against Leicestershire

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