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Good start for Danni Wyatt in WBBL & T20 qualifiers underway for Delray Rawlins

Winter Watch is back! Each week during the off season we will look back at what Sussex's men and women have been up to in leagues around the world...

Danni Wyatt’s Melbourne Renegades started their Women’s Big Bash campaign with a loss and a win away against Adelaide Strikers in their opening two fixtures over the weekend. On Saturday, Danni was dismissed cheaply as the Strikers won by six wickets, but she bounced back the next day with a superb 37-ball 61 to secure the Renegades a five-wicket win. Danni was the match’s top scorer and her 83-run second-wicket partnership with England teammate Tammy Beaumont was central to the Renegades’ successful chase. The side play their first home game on Wednesday against Perth Scorchers.

Danni Wyatt

Delray Rawlins is in the UAE representing Bermuda in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier. After warm-up matches against Nigeria and Hong Kong, in which Delray did not bat and made 20 not out, Bermuda started the tournament proper on Friday against Papua New Guinea. Delray’s top-scored with a 17-ball 25 and bowled two overs in a ten-wicket defeat. He could only manage one with the bat the following day as Bermuda suffered a second defeat at the hands of Singapore, this time by five wickets, with Delray opening the bowling and sending down three tidy overs of his left-arm spin. Bermuda’s next match is today (Monday) against fellow winless team, Kenya.

Tom Haines made his New South Wales Premier Cricket bow for Don Bradman’s old club, St. George on Saturday. Tom batted at number three and scored 27 as St. George reached 318 for 6 batting first against 2017/18 champions, Parramatta. The second and final day will take place next Saturday. Tom was also in action for the club on Sunday, this time taking on University of New South Wales in the under-21 50-over competition, the Poidevin-Gray Shield. Tom scored four opening the batting and picked up 1 for 38 from his ten overs as UNSW won by three wickets.

After his record-breaking winter last year, Luke Wells is back at Casey-South Melbourne playing in the Victorian premier competition. His first match of the season was a 50-over match against Essendon. Luke made six at the top of the order as Casey were dismissed for 134 batting first, but weather prevented Essendon from starting their chase and the points were shared. A full game was possible on Sunday, with Luke scoring 10, recording 1 for 22 from four overs and taking a catch as Casey beat Dandenong by 16 runs. The team will turn their attention to two-day games next

Looking ahead, four Sussex players have been confirmed for next month's T10 League and Phil Salt will play for Adelaide Strikers in the men's Big Bash when it gets underway in December. We'll be covering all the overseas exploits of our players as the winter progresses.