Rawlins & Sussex Win 5th Vitality Blast Straight Match
Rawlins scored 18 not out and took a catch
Middlesex 127/6 Sussex 130/6
Delray Rawlins and his Sussex teammates strengthened their grip on the South Group in the Vitality Blast after easing to a four-wicket wicket win over Middlesex at The 1st Central County Ground on Friday.
A sold-out 6,000 crowd saw third-placed Middlesex recover from 40 for 5 to 127 for 6 with Ollie Robinson taking 4 for 13. Despite losing two wickets in the powerplay Sussex sealed their victory with 22 balls to spare.
It was their sixth win in eight games with one match washed out and the other tied and means they have opened up a two-point lead at the top of the South Group.
Australian Alex Carey top-scored with 32 while skipper Luke Wright and David Wiese both made 26 with Wiese smashing two leg-side sixes, one of which cleared the main scoreboard, off Finn. Rawlins cleared the ropes off Helm to win the game.
Middlesex were without Eoin Morgan, who has a sore back, and AB de Villiers, who has returned to South Africa after playing in their first seven games and they never really recovered after a terrible power-play which ended with them reeling on 28 for 4.
Rawlins held a well-judged catch on the mid-wicket boundary to remove Paul Stirling (6) in Chris Jordanís first over before Robinson, benefitting from some seam movement on a sticky pitch, picked up three wickets including two in his third over on his way to career-best figures of 4 for 13.
..07 (11) DJ Malan c Carey b Robinson ..06 (10) PR Stirling c Delray Rawlins b Jordan ..00 (02) DJ Lincoln b Robinson ..57 (48) SS Eskinazi Not Out ..00 (02) JA Simpson c Wiese b Robinson ..06 (09) GFB Scott LBW Briggs ..40 (35) TS Roland-Jones b Robinson ..04 (04) TG Helm Not Out ..07 Extras (2lb-3w-2nb) 127 Total for 6 Wickets after 20 overs
Fall of Wickets: 1-14 (Stirling), 2-14 (Lincoln), 3-23 (Malan), 4-23 (Simpson), 5-40 (Scott), 6-116 (Roland-Jones)
4.0-0-16-1 DR Briggs 4.0-0-15-4 OE Robinson 4.0-0-42-1 CJ Jordan 4.0-0-22-0 Rashid Khan 4.0-0-30-0 TS Mills
..02 (04) PD Salt c Sowter b Helm ..26 (25) LJ Wright c Malan b Roland-Jones ..08 (04) LJ Evans c Malan b Mujeeb Ur Rahman ..32 (26) AT Carey c Helm b Sowter ..26 (15) D Wiese c Finn b Sowter ..18 (12) Delray Rawlins Not Out ..11 (10) Rashid Khan st Simpson b Sowter ..00 (02) CJ Jordan Not Out ..07 Extras (2lb-5w) 130 Total for 6 Wickets after 16.2 overs
Fall of Wickets: 1-5 (Salt), 2-15 (Evans), 3-51 (Wright), 4-93 (Wiese), 5-108 (Carey), 6-124 (Rashid Khan)
4.0-0-35-1 Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3.2-0-26-1 TG Helm 2.0-0-09-1 TS Roland-Jones 3.0-0-38-0 ST Finn 4.0-0-20-3 NA Sowter