Cricket

Rawlins hoping to retain spot

  • Rawlins and Sussex begin their County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire today (Photograph by Sussex CCC)

Delray Rawlins travelled to Trent Bridge yesterday with his Sussex team-mates for the start of todayís second Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire.

This will be the third round of matches in the four-day campaign and the second match for Sussex who are keen to bounce back from their opening defeat to neighbours Kent at the 1st Central County ground last weekend.

Rawlins made his county debut, scoring 22 in the first innings after batting for more than two hours.

Sussex eventually lost the match by 226 runs, although Rawlins may have done enough to retain his place in the team. Next Thursday the team will play Middlesex at Lordís in a one-day match.

Overseas star Vernon Philander has returned to South Africa for rest, recovery and rehabilitation after picking up a groin injury against Kent, but Steve Magoffin has a chance of returning to the line-up after missing last weekend with a knee injury.

Wicketkeeper Ben Brown was in fine form with the bat, scoring a combined 159 runs in his two innings.

He has now posted 2,044 Championship runs since the 2015 season, 418 more than any other wicketkeeper.

Jofra Archer, a Barbados-born pace bowler, starred with the ball for Sussex, taking career-best figures of seven for 67 in Kentís first-innings.

The 22-year-old has taken 35 first-class wickets in eight matches, having made his debut against Pakistan at Hove last summer.