Delray Rawlins was one of many positives for Sussex Sharks as they won two T20 warm-up games at Horsham.
The matches against Chris Nash’s XI were part of Nash’s testimonial event on his home ground and attracted a good crowd to a sweltering Cricketfield Road.
Head Coach Mark Davis said: “It was a good day for us in a lot of ways. We took the two matches seriously and a lot of the guys got an opportunity for some proper practice ahead of the T20. Ben Brown came back and there was no reaction to the injury so he obviously gives us a good selection headache too for us going forward.”
Ollie Robinson also continued his comeback after injury and bowled four overs in both games while the batting highlight was undoubtedly Luke Wright’s century in the first match off just 40 balls. Ben Brown made 72 in the second match and Nashy picked up a wicket in the last over of the match courtesy of a brilliant boundary catch by Harry Finch.
During the second match Rawlins scored 42 to help Sussex to win by 23 runs
Sussex will continue their preparations for the start of the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast, against Glamorgan at Arundel on July 9th, tomorrow before switching their focus to the pink ball, which is being used for the first time in the Specsavers County Championship on Monday against Gloucestershire, with a session under lights on Saturday at the 1st Central County Ground.
Match No.1: - Sussex won by 8 wickets
Chris Nash Invitation Xl 142 for 8: Harry Finch 58, Jeet Raval 34, Gerhardt Alexander 29; Danny Briggs 2-18, Will Beer 2-28, David Wiese 2-33, Ollie Robinson 2-39.
Sussex Sharks 146 for 2 (13.2 overs): Wright 100 not out, Phil Salt 28 not out.
Match No.2: - Sussex won by 23 runs
Sussex Sharks 187 for 6: Ben Brown 72, Delray Rawlins 42;
Chris Nash Invitation Xl 165 for 6: Phil Salt 52, Kirk Edwards 51; Briggs 1-14, Jofra Archer 1-27, Robinson 1-29, Beer 1-35