Sussex 334 for 9 (Rawlins 91, Pujara 63, Ibrahim 50, van Meekeren 5-48) beat Gloucestershire 283 (Bracey 87, Gohar 53, Karvelas 3-35, Rawlins 3-50) with 51 runs
Gloucestershire, who chose to bowl first, got an unlikely target of 335. But on a real pitch with a fast outfield, they came closer than the final margin of victory would suggest.
They wanted 86 out of 13, 77 out of 12 and 70 out of the last ten overs before Rawlins, with the last delivery of his spell, knocked out Josh Shaw in ninth, lbw, and Ollie Robinson finished the game when he caught Tom Price behind for 25 .
Sussex’s innings were dominated by Rawlins and two more artful half-centuries by Cheteshwar Pujara (63) and Danial Ibrahim (50). Both Rawlins and Ibraham, who added 104 for the sixth wicket in ten overs, scored their best in List A cricket.
Earlier in their innings, Sussex must have been concerned about how many batters had entered and then went out before it made a significant contribution. Harrison Ward (37) and Ali Orr (35) gave their game an early boost with a score of 58 in eight overs. Ward, in particular, looked on top form as he scored 14 from three deliveries, giving Price four and six before dragging him for another four.
But then they came out, and when Tom Clark fell cheaply—until a fine jumping, left-handed catch midway through Taylor—it was left to Pujara and Tom Alsop to restructure the innings.
By now, however, Rawlins had hit the ball neatly. He had been dropped off at Smith when he was 18 – a sitter too tall – but a lofted straight drive for six from Smith showed he was in the mood. There were four sixes and seven fours and by the time he was eighth out on 330, this richly talented but often frustrating cricketer had played an innings of real value.
He was well supported by 17-year-old Ibrahim, who was dropped on 9 and 29 – both times from Shaw – on a difficult day in the field for Gloucestershire.