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Sunday, August 23, 2020
Rawlins & Sussex have a Good Day Two against Middlesex

Delray Rawlins teammate Jack Carson was the pick of the Sussex bowlers as Middlesex were dismissed for 203 before a devastating late spell from seamer Tim Murtagh fired the hosts back into contention on day two at Radlett.

Murtagh grabbed three late wickets, including two in two balls – with Miguel Cummins claiming the other – as Sussex crumbled to 4-4 in their second innings, eventually reaching 33-4 at stumps.

That left the visitors holding an overall advantage of 123 after bowling their hosts out for 203 earlier in the day, with teenage off-spinner Carson returning career-best figures of 4-46.

That left Sussex to face an awkward period of 12 overs before the close – and Murtagh struck in the third of them, moving the ball back at Phil Salt (1) to bowl him through the gate.

Murtagh then trapped Harry Finch (2) plumb in front of the stumps and had Tom Clark taken at first slip off an outside edge for a first-ball duck before Cummins had Aaron Thomason lbw, also without scoring, in the next over.

The damage could have been even worse for Sussex, had Robson been able to hang on when Ben Brown offered a slip chance off Cummins – but the skipper 9 not out and Rawlins 19 not out saw their side through to stumps with a lead of 123.

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