Delray Rawlins’ all-round show gets Sussex up and running

Sussex 334 for 9 (Rawlins 91, Pujara 63, Ibrahim 50, van Meekeren 5-48) beat Gloucestershire 283 (Bracey 87, Gohar 53, Karvelas 3-35, Rawlins 3-50) by 51 runs

A advantageous all-round show by Delray Rawlins, who adopted a thunderous innings of 91 off simply 62 balls with figures of three for 50, noticed Sussex to victory over Gloucestershire by 51 runs within the Royal London One-Day Cup at Hove. In a robust group, through which each these groups had misplaced their opening recreation, this was an vital consequence.

Gloucestershire, who selected to bowl first, had been set an unlikely goal of 335. However on a real pitch with a quick outfield, they bought nearer than the eventual margin of victory would recommend.

When captain Jack Taylor was fifth out at 146 within the twenty third over Gloucestershire’s barely top-heavy batting facet regarded out of competition. However then a stand of 91 in 12 overs between James Bracey (87) and Zafar Gohar (53) gave them the platform for an inconceivable victory. Then Ari Karvelas returned to the assault and instantly had the battling Bracey caught at deep backward square-leg. However even when Gohar was seventh out at 261 Gloucestershire saved combating and saved the run-rate simply inside attain.

They needed 86 off 13, 77 off 12 and 70 off the final ten overs earlier than Rawlins, with the final supply of his spell, had Josh Shaw ninth out, lbw, and Ollie Robinson completed the sport when he had Tom Worth caught behind for 25.

The Sussex innings was dominated by Rawlins and two extra clever half-centuries by Cheteshwar Pujara (63) and Danial Ibrahim (50). Each Rawlins and Ibraham, who added 104 for the sixth wicket in ten overs, achieved their finest rating in Record A cricket.

Earlier of their innings, Sussex should have been involved by the variety of batters who had bought in after which bought out earlier than making a telling contribution. Harrison Ward (37) and Ali Orr (35) gave their facet some early impetus with a stand of 58 in eight overs. Ward, particularly, regarded in prime kind as he scored 14 off three deliveries, driving Worth for 4 and 6 earlier than pulling him for an additional 4.

However then they bought out, and with Tom Clark falling cheaply – to a advantageous leaping, left-handed catch at mid-off by Taylor – it was left to Pujara and Tom Alsop to restructure the innings.

They placed on 70 in 12 overs, however simply as Alsop regarded prepared to chop free he performed on to the very spectacular Dutch quick bowler Paul van Meekeren for a 35-ball 35. Sussex captain Pujara scored simply two fours in his fifty however, with deft placement, he reached the landmark off solely 57 balls. He too regarded within the temper to speed up and hit two extra fours however was then stumped advancing down the wicket to Tom Smith.

By now, although, Rawlins was hanging the ball cleanly. He had been dropped off Smith when 18 – a sitter to long-on – however a lofted straight drive for six off Smith confirmed he was within the temper. There have been 4 extra sixes and 7 fours and by the point he was eighth out at 330 this richly-talented however usually irritating cricketer had performed an innings of true worth.

He was effectively supported by 17-year-old Ibrahim, who was dropped on 9 and 29 – off Shaw on each events – on a troublesome day within the discipline for Gloucestershire.

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