Delray Rawlins warms up for Royal London Cup opener with 82 against Oxfordshire
Delray Rawlins will be keen to pick up where he left off when he and his Sussex team-mates face Nottinghamshire in their Royal London Cup group opener at Trent Bridge today.
The Bermuda all-rounder thumped a team-high 82 from just 66 balls, dominated a 101-run stand and claimed a wicket in Sussex’s five-wicket win over Oxfordshire at Sir Paul Getty's Ground in Wormsley on Sunday.
“Nice to get a few and contribute,” Rawlins told The Royal Gazette. “Feel pretty good going into a busy 50-over schedule. Hopefully there are many more contributions with bat and ball to help my team get through to a final.”
The Royal London Cup is a 50-over limited overs cricket competition featuring first-class counties from England and Wales. It consists of 18 teams divided into two groups of nine
The top three teams from each group advance to the knockout stage, with the group winners progressing directly to a home semi-final.
Sussex have been pitted in group A along with Durham, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Surrey and Warwickshire.
Group B consists of defending champions Glamorgan, Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire.
Rawlins lashed five sixes and six fours in his whirlwind innings against Oxford, reaching his fifty off 47 balls in 42 minutes.
He led an impressive fightback after Sussex slipped to 67 for four replying to their hosts’ 205 all out as he and Fynn Hudson-Prentice (49 not out) produced a timely century partnership to get the run chase back on track.
Rawlins’s knock ended when he was caught off the bowling of team-mate James Coles, one of the two Sussex players included in Oxfordshire’s squad for the friendly, with Sussex well poised at 168 for five.
Hudson-Prentice and Oli Carter (20) knocked off the remaining runs to see Ian Salisbury’s team safely across the line without any a further loss.
Opener Dan Ibrahim (24) was the remaining Sussex batter in double figures.
Robbie Shurmer led the Oxfordshire attack, claiming two for 19 with his seam bowling.
Earlier, the hosts found runs hard to come by after being inserted as their opponents made early inroads with the new ball to reduce the opposition to 82 for six in the eighteenth over.
Wicketkeeper and captain Jonny Cater (58) and Olly Clarke (53) added 80 for the seventh wicket before the latter was run out, with Rawlins having a say in the key dismissal that triggered another collapse as Oxfordshire’s last three wickets fell for 34 runs in ten overs.
New-ball pair Sean Hunt (three for 28) and Ari Karvelas (three for 32) were the pick of the Sussex bowling, while Ibrahim took two for 34 and Rawlins one for 42 with his left-arm spin.