Rawlins & Sussex Struggle on Day Two Against Essex
Simon Harmer produced another impressive performance for champions Essex on a rain-affected second day against Sussex in the Bob Willis Trophy at Hove.
The South African off-spinner bowled 16 overs unchanged to pick up two more wickets to add to the 20 he has already taken in Essex’s previous matches against Kent and Surrey.
He sent down nine maidens and removed skipper Ben Brown and Delray Rawlins with Sussex 155 for six from 61 overs when rain drove the players off just before lunch.
The rain eventually gave way to bright sunshine but after a second inspection at 5pm, umpires Ian Gould and Mark Newell decided there would be no further play because of a wet outfield with the run-ups a particular concern. Just 31 overs had been possible.
Sussex skipper Brown looked to attack and came down the pitch to deposit him beyond mid-on in the 41st over after Harmer for once dropped slightly short, but Brown departed in his next over when attempting to hit over the top again only to offer an easy catch to Paul Walter at mid-on.
Rawlins was similarly determined not to get tied down but he misjudged a sweep, the ball looping up off his glove to Alastair Cook at slip for seven.