Full name Delray Millard Wendell Rawlins
Born September 14, 1997, Bermuda
Current age 20 years 161 days
Major teams Bermuda, Bermuda Under-15s, Bermuda Under-19s, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|First-class debut||Sussex v Kent at Hove, Apr 14-17, 2017 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove, Sep 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|Only List A||Sussex v South Africans at Hove, May 19, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|55, 0/72, 0||Sussex||v Notts||Hove||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|1/26, 28, 0/4, 19||Sussx 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Halstead||16 Aug 2017||Other|
|40, 2/18||Sussx 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Arundel||10 Aug 2017||Other T20|
|0/21, 3||Sussx 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Arundel||10 Aug 2017||Other T20|
|60, 2/66, 15||Oxfordshire||v Berkshire||Challow & Childrey||30 Jul 2017||Other|
|42, 0/3, 55||Sussx 2nd XI||v Surr 2nd XI||Hove||24 Jul 2017||Other|
|1/7, 7, 1/60, 37||Sussx 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Horsham||19 Jul 2017||Other|
|31, 2/29||Sussx 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Horsham||18 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|1/33, 4*||Sussx 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Horsham||18 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|24, 0/26||Sussx 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Newport||13 Jul 2017||Other T20|
Once upon a time the shortest player on the field coming up through U-15 and U-19 cricket in his native Bermuda, Delray Rawlins now looms large at over 6ft tall. What has never changed though are his innate athletic skills, which have propelled him from a burgeoning amateur career on one tiny island to a professional pathway on a much bigger one more than 3000 miles away.
Rawlins initially came through the Bermuda system as a talented left-arm orthodox spinner. He made his senior team debut aged 15 in May 2013, taking 1 for 39 in ten overs against USA at the National Stadium in Hamilton during WCL Division Three to help break Bermuda's eight-match losing streak to America in ICC tournaments dating back to 2006. Two months later, he took 5 for 51 on his Bermuda U-19 debut against USA in Canada.
He had by then landed a scholarship to attend St Bede's School in Sussex, starting him on the road to an academy contract with the county. After turning in a string of impressive all-round performances for Sussex's 2nd XI in the summer of 2016, the club announced in the first week of November that Rawlins had been signed to a full professional contract for the following season. He played possibly his final games for Bermuda that same weekend in Los Angeles at WCL Division Four. In January 2017, he launched his England U-19 career by scoring 107 not out off 88 balls and taking 2 for 46 on debut in Mumbai.
Rawlins became the first Bermudan to play Championship cricket when he was chosen for four matches in his first season, picking up a maiden fifty against Nottinghamshire in the last game of the season.
When he first played for Bermuda's senior side, a short and scrawny Rawlins relied on flight and turn for both economy and wickets, while his first innings with the bat produced nine runs at No. 11. By the time he stepped out for England U-19s four years later, a growth spurt added more than a foot to his frame. It transformed his bowling style into mainly a flat trajectory from a much higher angle. By contrast with the bat, his days as a tailender are a distant memory. Rawlins has developed into a muscular six-hitting force and his future prospects may be tilted more towards bat than ball.
Peter Della Penna