Half-centuries by Stiaan van Zyl and Delray Rawlins helped Sussex recover to 150/5 on a rain-shortened first day of their County Championship match against Worcestershire at The 1st Central County Ground.
Rawlins and van Zyl
Sussex had been 32 for 3 following an uncontested toss with openers Luke Wells and Tom Haines both dismissed for ducks. But van Zyl (56) and Rawlins (58) led the recovery before both departed in an afternoon session cut short by bad light.
Rain arrived shortly afterwards and umpires Jerry Lloyds and Paul Baldwin abandoned play at 4pm with only 50.4 overs possible.
Sussex were 32/3, van Zyl and Rawlins began their rebuilding job. Rawlins reigned in his attacking instincts and took Sussex past 50 with successive boundaries down the ground off Charlie Morris.
Rawlins was struck on the shoulder by Morris and needed more treatment a few minutes later when he pulled a ball from Brett D’Oliveira into his midriff. Rawlins drove the next ball he faced from Adam Finch for his eighth boundary but then slashed outside off stump and Daryl Mitchell clung onto a sharp chance at second slip.
Sussex 1st Inning
..00 (03) LWP Wells c Cox b Barnard
..00 (08) TJ Haines c Rutherford b Morris
..07 (35) WAT Beer c Cox b Barnard
..56 (119) S van Zyl c Rutherford b Morris
..58 (125) Delray Rawlins c Mitchell b Finch
..07 (18) BC Brown Not Out
..00 (01) TGR Clark Not Out
..22 Extras (5b-7lb-10nb)
150 Total for 5 Wickets after 50.4 overs
Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Wells), 2-6 (Haines), 3-32 (Beer), 4-126 (van Zyl), 5-150 (Rawlins)
14.-4-31-2 EG Barnard
13.-3-39-2 CAJ Morris
11.-6-24-0 WD Parnell
11.4-1-43-1 AW Finch
1.0-0-01-0 BL D’Oliveira