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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Rawlins & Sussex Fall to Australia A

Australia ĎAí needed one over to wrap up victory on day four of their tour match against Delray Rawlins and his Sussex teammates at Arundel Castle.

Having bowled out the home side on the stroke of stumps on Tuesday, the sides returned with the Australian requiring eleven to win.

Three boundaries from Marcus Harris off Aaron Thomason saw the tourists to a ten-wicket win at 11.31am.

Rawlins in an interview said, ďItís been nice to contribute with bat and ball in the last couple of Championship games, but Iíd always rather the team was winning even if it meant me not doing well on a personal level.

Iíve had limited opportunities, so to get a half-century in the match against Durham was pleasing.

I was a bit gutted not to go on against Northants having made a start. That was a tough game for the team and I was keen to get us out of trouble, but itís all good experience and something to learn from.

Taking a few wickets in both games was also nice. My bowling is a work in progress but something I see as a big part of my game.

Something thatís always brilliant is the support from back home. Social media is massive there and so when Iím doing well Twitter seems to go off with messages from people in Bermuda. When I got those runs against Durham my phone was going off. You really feel you have the support of the whole country behind you.

Itís a small island but a very proud country and people really get behind fellow Bermudans Ė I think when Nahki Wells joined Burnley the club Twitter got about 60,000 new followers.

Having that support makes all the hard work worth it, gets you through the hard times and makes the good times even better.

It was tough not being in the first team earlier in the season, but there are good players at the club and they fully justified the reasons they were picked first up. Iíve just been working hard at my game and trusting that results will come. I feel like over the past couple of weeks Iíve started to see the results of that work.

Iíve developed a bit of a reputation for performing when called up. I copped a bit of stick off the boys last year in the T20 for the same thing when I got labelled by some as a Ďbig ground playerí or as someone that did well in TV games. But itís not the worst reputation to have. So-called big games donít faze me, a key for me is being brave and playing the game as I see it, whatever the occasion.

It can be tough in the seconds. Conditions and pitches might not be great and sometimes a 30 or a 40 might be worth 80 or 100 on a better wicket, but youíve got to live with those sort of things and get out of it what you can so that youíre ready when first team opportunities do come around.

With the T20 starting soon, itís not a bad time to come into the team, be around the boys and get back up to speed with the feel and pace of first team cricket again. Hopefully Iíll be part of the team for the first match at Hampshire and can help us get off to a good start as we look to go one better than last year and win the trophy.

You look around the world at the guys doing well in big tournaments and it is the three-point cricketers Ė people like Ben Stokes who can bat, bowl and field Ė that are popular picks.
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