Rawlins title dreams dashed
Delray Rawlins and his Sussex Sharks team-mates bowed out of the T20 Vitality Blast after suffering a 45-run defeat in their quarter-final match against Lancashire Lightning yesterday.
Playing on their home turf at The 1st Central County Ground in Hove, Sussex’s chances looked promising having restricted the visitors to a 140 for eight after sending them to bat.
However, it ultimately proved to be a total beyond their reach as the home side were skittled out for 95 in 17.2 overs, their lowest total in the competition in nine years, with Luke Wright, the captain, and tailender Tymal Mills the only batsmen in double figures.
Rawlins was one of two wickets that tumbled during the power play as Lancashire made early inroads with the new ball.
Wright and Ravi Bopara added 17 runs for the third wicket to steady the ship.
But once Bopara departed in the ninth over Sussex’s remaining seven wickets tumbled for 50 runs.
Wright led the hosts’ resistance on a slow pitch, smashing four boundaries in a innings of 36 from 35 deliveries, while Mills stroked a run a ball ten runs before he was the last wicket to fall, stumped behind by Lancashire wicketkeeper Alex Davies charging the off spin of Liam Livingstone.
Fourth change Livingstone was the pick of the visitors bowling with four for 23 respectively.
Earlier, George Garton, the left-arm fast bowler, led the Sussex bowling attack with three for 28 while Ollie Robinson and Mills took wickets apiece and third change Rawlins one for 21.
Steven Croft was Lancashire’s top scorer with 41 from 37 deliveries while Dane Vilas, the captain, belted 40 from 28 that included three fours and a six.
Despite the elimination, Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie refused to fault the endeavours of his players, while being left to rue an inability to adapt to the conditions when needed.
“I thought we did well to restrict a very good batting team to 140, so to put in a batting performance like that was pretty disappointing,” he said.
“I can’t fault their efforts. The preparation had been good, but we didn’t adapt quickly enough to the conditions and credit to Lancashire, I thought their bowlers did very well.
“It’s an opportunity missed because our bowling and fielding was excellent and the surface wasn’t that bad, it was a gettable score.”
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