Delray Rawlins delivers with the ball in Sussex victory
Delray Rawlins, the Sussex all-rounder, produced another sparkling bowling spell in his team’s emphatic 216-run win over a weakened Surrey in their Royal London One-Day Cup group A match at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove on Sunday.
The Bermudian claimed three for 25 with his left-arm spin as the visitors were dismissed for 162 in 34.1 overs in reply to Sussex’s massive 378 for six.
Rawlins was brought into the attack at the start of the seventeenth over with Surrey 91 for four and kept the pressure on as he went for only three runs in his first over.
He opened his account in his fourth over when South African-born all-rounder Conor McKerr (0) played over a fuller ball that held its line and lost his off stump.
The 24-year-old then tightened the screws as he picked up two wickets in his sixth over.
England Under-19 player Nathan Barnwell (1) took a wild swing and had his leg stump pushed back while Matt Dunn (0) also paid the price for hitting across the line after being trapped in front, attempting to flick the ball off his pads on the leg side.
Rawlins’s excellent bowling display was just shy of his List A career best three for 22 achieved in Sussex’s win Leicestershire at Hove the previous weekend.
It is also the third time he has claimed three wickets in this year’s instalment of the 50-overs competition, having taken three for 50 to go with a List A career-best 91 in the win over Gloucestershire, also at Hove.
Fellow all-rounder Aristides Karvelas was the pick of the Sussex bowling against Surrey with four for 35 while fourth-change James Coles claimed two for 20.
Rawlins also held two catches, including one to dismiss Surrey’s top scorer, Ryan Patel, who stroked a fluent 65 from 56 balls at the top of the order.
Earlier, the hosts batted themselves into a commanding position after being inserted.
Captain and India Test player Cheteshwar Pujara (174) and Tom Clark (104), the England Under-19 batter, led the charge with hundreds as Surrey were put to the sword.
Pujara’s hundred was his second in three days in the competition and also eclipsed the previous one-day record for Sussex of 171, achieved by David Wiese against Hampshire in 2019.
Clark’s hundred was his first in white-ball cricket and third overall in his breakthrough season at Sussex.
The home team’s total is also the highest in List A cricket posted at Hove.
Rawlins scored 15 from 13 balls with two fours before being dismissed in the 48th over as Sussex kept their foot firmly on the gas in search of more runs.
McKerr was the visitors’ most successful bowler, claiming two for 73 with his right -arm seam.