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) by 51 runs
Gloucestershire, who selected to bowl first, have been set an unlikely goal of 335. However on a real pitch with a quick outfield, they obtained nearer than the eventual margin of victory would counsel.
They wished 86 off 13, 77 off 12 and 70 off the final ten overs earlier than Rawlins, with the final supply of his spell, had Josh Shaw ninth out, lbw, and Ollie Robinson completed the sport when he had Tom Worth caught behind for 25.
The Sussex innings was dominated by Rawlins and two extra suave half-centuries by Cheteshwar Pujara (63) and Danial Ibrahim (50). Each Rawlins and Ibraham, who added 104 for the sixth wicket in ten overs, achieved their finest rating in Checklist A cricket.
Earlier of their innings, Sussex should have been involved by the variety of batters who had obtained in after which obtained out earlier than making a telling contribution. Harrison Ward (37) and Ali Orr (35) gave their aspect some early impetus with a stand of 58 in eight overs. Ward, specifically, appeared in prime kind as he scored 14 off three deliveries, driving Worth for 4 and 6 earlier than pulling him for an additional 4.
However then they obtained out, and with Tom Clark falling cheaply – to a wonderful leaping, left-handed catch at mid-off by Taylor – it was left to Pujara and Tom Alsop to restructure the innings.
By now, although, Rawlins was putting the ball cleanly. He had been dropped off Smith when 18 – a sitter to long-on – however a lofted straight drive for six off Smith confirmed he was within the temper. There have been 4 extra sixes and 7 fours and by the point he was eighth out at 330 this richly-talented however usually irritating cricketer had performed an innings of true worth.
He was effectively supported by 17-year-old Ibrahim, who was dropped on 9 and 29 – off Shaw on each events – on a tough day within the subject for Gloucestershire.