Rawlins & Sussex in Strong Position on Day Three Against Essex
Delray Rawlins’ teammate George Garton’s maiden five-wicket haul put Sussex in a strong position against Essex in the Bob Willis Trophy at Hove.
The left-arm seamer took 5 for 26 including former England captain Sir Alastair Cook as the South Group leaders were dismissed for 140 in response to Sussex’s 194 on Day Three at Hove.
In the 21 overs before stumps, Sussex reached 57 for two in their second innings and lead by 111 with a day to go.
All results are still possible on a pitch offering some uneven bounce, but Sussex will fancy their chances of claiming a second win in the competition after dismissing the county champions for their lowest total since last August when they were bowled out for 114 by Kent at Canterbury.
Only Paul Walter, who top-scored with 33 before becoming Garton’s third victim to the first ball after tea, got the measure of the conditions and an accurate Sussex seam attack.
Rawlins bowled 5 overs in the inning, with 2 maidens, he gave up 12 runs without a wicket.
When Sussex batted again, Porter struck in his third over when late movement unsettled Haines, who edged to second slip where Harmer held on to a juggling catch. But Phil Salt and Harry Finch added 50 and their side would have been in an even stronger position had Finch not been caught down the leg side off Beard from the final ball of the day for 32.