Bermuda’s Delray Rawlins has been included in an MCC line-up to take on County Champions Essex in the annual first-class Champion County Match, which this year is taking place in Barbados.
The day/night fixture, regarded as the traditional curtain-raiser to the English county season, will be played with the pink Dukes ball under floodlights across four days at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. The match will take place between Tuesday 27th and Friday 30th March, and will follow the ECB North-South series.
Bajan and former West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards will lead the attack for MCC, with Daniel Bell-Drummond captaining the talented line-up.
24 year-old Bell-Drummond, who played in MCC’s 2014 victory over Durham in Abu Dhabi, has scored over 4,000 first-class runs for Kent since making his debut in 2011, and is approaching 4,000 runs in white-ball cricket over the same period.
The line-up also includes the vastly experienced former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood. The 41 year-old has spent the winter as part of England’s coaching set-up on the Ashes tour to Australia and is soon to begin his 22nd year as a professional with Durham. Collingwood will have great memories of the Kensington Oval, having led England to their first ICC tournament victory on the ground, defeating Australia in 2010 to win the ICC World Twenty20.
Emerging Sussex talent Rawlins, who starred for England Under-19s in early 2017 with both bat and left-arm spin is included as an all-rounder.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (C) - Kent, England Lions
Brett D'Oliveira - Worcestershire, England Lions
Paul Collingwood - Durham, England
Sam Northeast - Kent, England Lions
Sam Hain - Warwickshire
Delray Rawlins - Sussex, Bermuda
John Simpson (W-K) - Middlesex
Dom Bess - Somerset
Matthew Fisher - Yorkshire
George Garton - Sussex, England Lions
Fidel Edwards - Hampshire, West Indies