Delray Rawlins’ tidy bowling helps Sussex overcome Durham
Delray Rawlins, the Sussex all-rounder, continued his sparkling form with the ball in a four-wicket win over Durham in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Seat Unique Riverside yesterday.
The Bermudian claimed a wicket with his left-arm spin and was Sussex’s most economical bowler having gone for 29 in his allotted ten overs bowling unchanged.
Rawlins was brought into the attack at the start of the eighteenth over and added another scalp to his overall wicket tally in the competition after trapping Durham all-rounder Liam Trevaskis leg-before for 17 in his fifth over.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed his finest moments with the ball in professional cricket in the competition having taken three wickets on as many occasions this season, including a List A career-best three for 22 in Sussex’s win against Leicestershire at Hove.
James Coles was the pick of the Sussex bowling in the win over Durham with three for 51 while Aristides Karvelas and Bradley Currie claimed two for 39 and two for 52 respectively.
Hosts Durham posted 228 for eight after electing to take first strike with opener Graham Clark topping the batting with 69 from 112 balls, that included five fours, and George Drissell stroking a career-best 37.
It ultimately wasn’t enough as Sussex reached their target with four balls to spare with opener Ali Orr leading the chase with 60 from 70 balls. He struck six fours and two sixes and capitalised on a reprieve having been dropped at mid-off on 22.
The left-handed batter added 95 with wicketkeeper Tom Alsop (43) to lay a solid foundation.
Durham fought back to reduce the visitors to 161 for four in the 36th over and make it interesting before the in-form Cheteshwar Pujara anchored the visitors the rest of the way to their fourth win of the 50- overs competition.
The Sussex captain and India Test player gathered a patient 49 from 68 balls and stroked two boundaries during a 102-minute stay at the crease.
He added 30 with Harrison Ward (16), 23 with Rawlins (13) and 26 with Coles (15 not out), who struck the winning boundary down the ground in the match-winning seventh-wicket stand with his captain.
Left-arm spinner Trevaskis and seamer Chris Rushworth led the Durham attack with two for 34 and two for 35 respectively.