August 8, 2022
Recent Match Report – Sussex vs Gloux Group A 2022

Sussex 334 for 9 runs (Rollins 91, Pujara 63, Ibrahim 50, Van Meeckeren 5-48) defeated Gloucestershire 283 (Bracey 87, Gohar 53, Karvelas 3-35, Rollins 3-50) by 51 runs

A fine all-round performance by Delray Rollins, who followed a blistering 62-ball 91 with figures of 3 for 50, helped Sussex win over Gloucestershire in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Hove by 51 runs . In a strong group, in which both these teams had lost in their opening game, this was a significant result.

An unexpected target of 335 was set for Gloucestershire, who had opted to bowl first. But on a true pitch with a sharp outfield, they came close to the final margin of victory.

When captain Jack Taylor was at number five for Gloucestershire’s 146 in the 23rd over, their slightly heavier batting side looked out of contention. But then a stand of 91 in 12 overs between James Bracey (87) and Zafar Gohar (53) gave them the stage for an impossible victory. Then Ari Karvelas returned to the attack and immediately caught the struggling Bracey at deep backward square leg. But even when Gohar was seventh with 261 runs, Gloucestershire fought and kept the run-rate within reach.

They wanted 86 off 13, 77 in 12, and 70 in the last ten overs before Rollins, with the last delivery of his spell, Josh Shaw ninth, lbw, and Ollie Robinson ending the game when he dismissed Tom Price on 25. Caught behind for ,

Rollins dominated the Sussex innings and Cheteshwar Pujara (63) and Daniel Ibrahim (50) had two more half-centuries. Both Rollins and Abraham, who put on 104 for the sixth wicket in ten overs, achieved their best scores in List A cricket.

Earlier in their innings, Sussex should have been concerned with the number of batsmen who came in and then got out before making a significant contribution. Harrison Ward (37) and Ali Orr (35) gave their team some early momentum with 58 runs in eight overs. Ward, in particular, looked in prime form as he scored 14 off three balls, pulling him for another four before driving Price for four and six.

But then they were out, and with Tom Clarke falling cheap – a fine jump by Taylor, left-handed catch at mid-off – it was left to Pujara and Tom Alsop to reorganize the innings.

He scored 70 runs in 12 overs, but as Alsop looked ready to cut loose, he smashed 35 off 35 balls against the very impressive Dutch pacer Paul van Meeckeren. Sussex captain Pujara scored just two fours in his half-century. Daft placement, he reached the landmark in just 57 balls. He also seemed to be in the mood to accelerate and hit two more boundaries, but then got stumped as Tom Smith went ahead for the wicket.

However, till now Rollins was hitting the ball cleanly. At 18 he was knocked out by Smith – a sitter for long-on – but a straight drive for a six off Smith showed he was in the mood. There were four more sixes and seven fours and by the time he finished eighth on 330, this rich-talented but often disappointing cricketer had played an innings of real value.

He was well supported by 17-year-old Ibrahim, who was knocked out by Shaw on 9 and 29 – on both occasions – on a rough day in the field for Gloucestershire.

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