Rawlins satisfied with season endeavours
Delray Rawlins says he is “satisfied” with his overall display during this year’s English County Cricket season.
The Sussex all-rounder scored 460 runs batting in the top order and claimed 11 wickets across both formats with his left-arm orthodox spin bowling.
Rawlins made a season-high first-class score of 65 against Surrey, claimed career-best Twenty20 figures of three for 21 and hit an unbeaten 62 against Kent Spitfires in the Vitality Blast.
“I was satisfied, but I wanted more in both aspects of the game,” he said. “However, the positives were there as I felt my rhythm was starting to come back and results were getting better and better.”
The 23-year-old has since agreed to the terms of a new undisclosed deal keeping him at The 1st Central County Ground in Hove for at least another two years.
“It’s nice to put pen to paper with Sussex and for me it’s just all about developing and continuing to improve,” Rawlins said. “I’ll be working hard to make sure that they are successful as well.”
The former St George’s Cup Match player joined the Sussex Cricket Academy in 2015 and made his debut in the Second XI Championship the same year.
He signed a one-year professional contract with the club in 2016 and made his first-class debut against Kent in the County Championship the next season.
The 2020 campaign was delayed and shortened because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which also cut short Sussex’s preseason tour of South Africa.
“It was a good season, but a very different and strange one for all of us with such strict protocols [Covid-19] in place,” Rawlins said. “One of the hardest things to get used to was no fans. We played a quarter-final [T20 Vitality Blast] and without the fans there you had to create your own buzz and atmosphere.”
Sussex bowed out of the competition after suffering a 45-run defeat in their quarter-final match against Lancashire Lightning playing on their home turf at The 1st Central County Ground.
“A massive high would have been getting to a semi-final in the T20s,” Rawlins said. “However, not being able to chase down 140 at home was definitely a low because we felt we should have got them easy.”
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