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WINTER WATCH: Rawlins stars with debut century in England Under-19's opening ODI


Sussex's Delray Rawlins hit a stunning century to set up a superb win for England in the first match of their Under-19 one-day series against India at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

Rawlins, who was born in Bermuda and recently signed his first professional contract with Sussex after two seasons with the Academy, made an unbeaten 107 from 88 balls with eight fours and five sixes, as England recovered from a disastrous start to post 256 for 7 in their 50 overs.

He then made a significant contribution in the field, taking two wickets with his left-arm spin and adding a couple of catches, as the Indians were dismissed for 233 – Yorkshire seamer Matt Fisher marking his first game as England captain by claiming four for 41.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Rawlins, who had been presented with his one-day cap by chairman of Under-19 selectors David Graveney OBE before the start.

“Getting the England cap was a special moment. Then to go out there and have another special moment getting to three figures, I’ll never forget it – definitely the top moment so far. I knew I was going well, and then our 12th man Will Jacks came on and asked me if I wanted to know how many I’d got. I definitely did – it was 98, and I got a couple of singles to get to the 100.

“But it wouldn’t feel the same if we hadn’t won the match. Fisher bowled extremely well with the new ball, and Henry Brookes got a couple of big wickets for us when he came back near the end.

“And I think Harry Brook and Ollie Pope deserve a lot of credit for the way they got us out of trouble after a bad start. They set up the platform.”

England had slumped to 13 for 3 when Pope, the Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman, joined Yorkshire opener Brook to add 85 in 19 overs for the fourth wicket.

Pope went for 37 from 56 balls, and Brook for 51 from 75 – also on his ODI debut for the Under-19s. But Fisher underlined his all-round potential by playing a sensible supporting role to Rawlins in a seventh-wicket stand of 116 in 17 overs, making 26 with a single boundary.

He then ripped out three of India’s top four, including the highly-rated Prithvi Shaw, who recently scored a century on his first-class debut for Mumbai shortly after his 17th birthday.

Rawlins won two lbw decisions and Fisher returned to claim a fourth wicket to leave the Indians on 138 for six. But Shaw’s opening partner Himanshu Rana remained a major threat, reaching an 87-ball century before Brookes, a Warwickshire seamer who was on his Under-19s debut, had him caught behind by Pope.

Brookes and Max Holden cleaned up the remaining three wickets to give England a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, which continues at Mumbai’s CCI ground on Wednesday.

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