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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Rawlins & Sussex Draw With

Delray Rawlins’ teammate Harry Finch’s century was the highlight of another useful day of pre-season preparation for Sussex as they made Hampshire work hard to leave The 1st Central County Ground with a draw at the end of the final day of this pre-season encounter.

Finch was in sprightly mood when Sussex resumed their innings on 150 for three earlier in the day. He needed just two and a half overs of the day’s play to score the 13 runs he needed to reach his half-century as the hosts quickly overtook Hampshire’s first innings total.

Meanwhile, Luke Wright was watchful and well-organized at the other end, basing his approach on a solid defense. He was unfortunate to get a delivery that kept a little low from Keith Barker that knocked back his off stump having added ten to his overnight score of 20.

With Laurie Evans joining him in the middle, Finch continued to look in complete control as he middled drives and pull shots alike. He looked particularly authoritative against the left-arm spin of Liam Dawson, against whom he scored 35 of his runs, including two sweetly struck sixes straight down the ground.

His century came up in the 24th over of the day from 146 balls, including ten fours to go with those two sixes, at which point he retired to give his teammates an opportunity to bat.

Eventually Sussex were all out for 340, a lead of 173.

Abi Sakande made an immediate breakthrough in Hampshire’s second innings with his third ball; a muscular, lifting delivery just outside off-stump that was diverted via Joe Weatherley’s outside edge to George Garton at third slip.

Tom Haines was next to strike as Sam Northeast popped one up to Jordan Shaw at mid-wicket to leave Hampshire 33 for two and Sussex sniffing a rare win in one of these pre-season affairs, however inconsequential in the long-term.

A swashbuckling Rilee Rossouw put paid to that as he went on the offensive in a manner that, if he were being honest, he probably won’t be looking to replicate come the first Championship fixture of the season.

His first fifty came off 47 balls and when he lost Liam Dawson to trialist Jordan Shaw, the South African had made 78 of Hampshire’s total of 101.

Rossouw upped his pace even further as he raced to a century from just 69 balls, before retiring on 104 with the scoreboard reading 133 for five. Aneurin Donald (2) had been stumped off Will Beer two overs previously.

Beer took two more wickets – Gareth Berg caught at long off by Tom Haines and James Fuller trapped in front by a well-executed googly – before time was called at the end of the day’s 90 overs with Hampshire finishing on 181 for seven.

Sussex’s bowlers come out of the fixture with 17 wickets amongst them, while nearly all the batsmen spent invaluable time in the middle as preparations for the new season continue to progress nicely.
Monday, March 25, 2019
Rawlins and Sussex In Control of Hampshire

The encouraging Pre-season signs for Delray Rawlins and his Sussex teammates continued on Day One of their Friendly against Hampshire, as cricket returned to The 1st Central County Ground for the first time this year.

Having bowled the visitors out for 167 – a feat that required taking eleven wickets such is the way of pre-season friendlies – Sussex then reached the close trailing by 17 runs having lost just three wickets.

Traffic on the A27 delayed Hampshire’s arrival and with it the start of play. Proceedings began at 11.30am with the visitors batting first on what – thanks to the hard work of the groundstaff - a remarkably decent wicket given that the clocks have yet to go forward.

As agreed ahead of the match, they would have 55 of the day’s scheduled 90 overs available to them.

George Garton made the initial breakthrough, having Joe Weatherley caught by Phil Salt in the slips for five with the score on 17 in the sixth over.

Six overs later, and first-change bowler Tom Haines sparked a mini collapse when he knocked Aneurin Donald’s leg-stump out of the ground with the score on 32. Garton’s dismissal of Liam Dawson for nought and Haines’

Opener James Vince remained unbeaten at the other end and his 85-run collaboration with Tom Alsop was the only significant stand of the innings.

Hampshire’s recovery was halted when Luke Wells pushed through a quicker delivery and beat Alsop’s attempted cut shot. The Hampshire ‘keeper departed for 37 having become the fourth batsmen in succession to be bowled, leaving his side 123 for six.

That brought lunch, during which Vince retired out for 70. Gareth Berg and Weatherley – batting again – resumed the innings. The former England Under-19 captain didn’t fare any better second time round, being bowled by Wells for four in the fourth over of the afternoon.

Next man in, Northeast, was unable to improve much on his second attempt either. He was caught behind for three to give Abi Sakande his first wicket and leave Hampshire struggling at 135 for eight.

Keith Barker was the next man to fall, caught by Sakande for five to give Garton a third before trialist Jordan Shaw snared Berg via a sharp Harry Finch slip catch for 25 to make it 167 for ten.

No more runs had been added when Danny Briggs finished off Hampshire’s extended innings via another catch in the slips: James Fuller taken by Phil Salt for six.

Phil Salt was his fluent best during a contribution of 74 to Sussex’s reply, which had reached 150 for three when stumps were drawn.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Sussex Complete Tour Clean-Sweep

Sussex Cricket Club 331/8 Western Province Invitational XI 132

Delray Rawlins and his Sussex Cricket Club teammates will leave South Africa tomorrow with a perfect record following victory in their fourth and final match against a Western Province Invitational XI at the Vineyard Ground in Cape Town.

Half-centuries for Ben Brown, Luke Wells and Luke Wright and a fine all-round performance with the ball, spearheaded by George Garton who took four wickets, helped the Sharks to a resounding 195-run win in the 40-over match.

After Sussex were asked to bat first, openers Wells and Wright went on the attack from the outset. The pair put on 150 inside 17 overs, before Wright retired not out on 64.

Wells fell in the next over having made 82 from 59 balls and Michael Burgess followed next ball for seven to give Seth Fledermaus, the eighth bowler used by Western Province, two wickets from his first two balls.

Harry Finch and Brown then combined to add 83 for the third wicket. When the captain fell for a 37-ball 51, Sussex were 241 for three in the 29th over.

Finch scored 32 and Rawlins added 4, they followed in quick succession, both caught as they looked to maintain the team’s electric scoring rate.

Academy graduate Harrison Ward and Will Beer were able to keep the momentum going, however. Ward smashed 43 off 23 balls finishing his innings by taking 26 off a single over before he was caught with the score on 308.

Danny Briggs chipped in with seven from four balls, including a six, leaving Beer (35*) and Jack Carson (1*) to take Sussex to 331 for eight at the end of their 40 overs.

George Garton struck with the third ball of the Western Province reply, having Josh Breed caught for a duck, with the score still on naught.

Garton had his second and third in his fourth over – a double wicket maiden – to reduce the hosts to 34 for three after seven overs.

Wickets continued to tumble as a variety of bowlers were given a final opportunity for match practice under the Cape Town sun.

Wells struck next, bowling Nooi for eight, before Beer had Justin Gilliland leg before wicket for the same score.

Ward’s off-breaks brought him two wickets, the first of which accounted for the innings’ top-scorer, Kevin Vermeilen who had made 64 from 53 balls when he was stumped for 64.

When Joffre Duminy was caught off Ward for 18, Western Province were nine down with the score on 130 after 29 overs.

It was left to Danny Briggs to complete victory, bowling number eleven du Plessis for one with his third ball.

Rawlins would finish with figures of 8-0-29-0.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Leverock's Australian Season Comes to an End

Kamau Leverock’s Australian Cricket Season has come to an end, Leverock turned out for two teams during his stint, he played for Walkerville Cricket Club and then he turned out for West Torrens Cricket Club.

Leverock would finish with a combined total of 561 runs, at a Batting Average of 31.17, with his highest knock being 119.

Leverock would claim 39 total wickets at a Bowling Average of 16.59 with his best figures being 10-3-27-5.

Leverock said, “I enjoyed the challenges of this opportunity, I want to say Thank you to Walkerville Cricket Club for having me over, I appreciate the opportunity and care you’ve given me.”

Leverock also said, “Also a big thanks to West Torrens District Cricket Club for having me on your T20 campaign and see you next season.”
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Rawlins & Sussex Win 3rd Pre-Season Match

Sussex 291/9 Durham University 234

Bermuda’s Delray Rawlins and his Sussex Cricket Club teammates maintained their perfect pre-season tour record with a 57-run win over Durham University at Claremont Cricket Club in South Africa.

Better-known for his lightning-quick bowling, George Garton demonstrated his ability to bat at pace with a blistering century from number seven, before Sussex’s bowlers strangled the life out of Durham’s chase.

After being put into bat by the students, Sussex found themselves struggling at 18 for two after six overs, following the dismissal of openers Harry Finch and Tom Haines in consecutive overs.

Rawlins followed shortly after, before Stiaan van Zyl and Michael Burgess put the innings back on track.

Offering further encouraging signs ahead of his return to the county game following a knee-injury last May, van Zyl made a stylish 33 to go with his unbeaten 70 from the first match of the tour.

Burgess, meanwhile, was busy compiling a half-century off 51 balls. He was joined by Luke Wells when van Zyl was bowled by a fine Joe Emmanuel delivery, who himself was then stumped soon after.

That brought Garton to the crease, who laid into a bowling attack shorn of two seamers after they had succumbed to injury. There was plenty of careful placement and quick running in amongst the big hitting, a combination that saw him also reach fifty from 51 balls.

After Burgess was caught for 68, Garton was joined at the wicket by Will Beer. The pair showed no mercy, dealing predominantly in boundaries as they upped the scoring rate significantly.

Garton eventually fell for 114 off 83 balls, the 64 runs he scored after reaching his half-century coming from 32 deliveries and his final 30 runs were made from just nine. In total, the innings featured 14 boundaries.

Beer’s 24 came off 15 balls. His dismissal gave Emmanuel his fourth wicket, but they came at a price. The seamer’s 13 overs cost 97 runs.

Sussex’s tail saw out the remainder of the allotted overs so that Sussex finished on 291 for nine of their 50 overs.

Durham University made a solid start in reply, reaching 91 without loss, but they had taken 26 overs to get there and were never able to keep up with the required rate.

Danny Briggs took the first wicket, trapping Benjamin for a watchful 49. Spin did the trick for the second wicket as well, as Luke Wells bowled Scott for 36.

Opening batsman, Solomon top-scored for the students, making 55 off 81 balls before he was lured down the wicket by Will Beer and stumped by Michael Burgess with the score on 160.

Emmanuel – who made an unbeaten 51 from 33 balls - and Tom Hewison (25 off 31) found some rhythm during their partnership of 74, but the accelerator had been pressed too late and despite having seven wickets in hand, Durham found themselves a long-way short of their target when their fifty overs were up.
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