Hero Jen­nings re­veals de­mons

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(12) J Os­borne 5 9-12 (D2) ......... Adam J McNa­mara (3) (9) D O’Meara 6 9-12 (D5) ........................ D Nolan (18) J But­ler 3 9-7 (CD) ..... Mark Cre­han (7) (9) J Os­borne 9 9-4 (BF, C, D5) ..D Costello (26) J Ward 3 9-3 (D) ............................ Rossa Ryan (23) R Fa­hey 3 9-3 .......................... T Hamil­ton (12) P McBride 7 9-0 (D) ......... D Brock (8) S Kirk 3 8-10 ......... T Mar­quand BET­TING: 5-2 Suzi’s Connoisseur, 4 Green For­tune, 5 Mu­jas­sam, 6 Mon­u­men­tal Man, 7 Acrux, 8 Wirral Girl, Meer­pat, 25 De­mons And Wizards. (3) Mike Mur­phy 5 9-12 (D2) .... Luke Cat­ton (7) (19) R Fa­hey 3 9-8...Con­nor Murtagh (5) (33) B Mill­man 3 9-5 (D) ................ J F Egan (38) D O’Meara 4 9-4 (D) .............. D Nolan (16) P McEn­tee 3 9-3 ........ Nicola Cur­rie (3) (71) M Ap­pleby 4 9-3 (D4) .......... R Win­ston (12) Mrs L Wil­liamson 4 9-2 (D) ............... C Shep­herd (346) Richard Spencer 3 9-1 ............. T Queally (9) Miss Amy Mur­phy 3 8-11 (C2) ....... ......................................................................... G Malune (5) BET­TING: 6-4 Young John, 4 Crys­tal Casque, 7 Blessed To Em­press, 8 Showmethe­do­ugh, 10 Queens Royale, 12 Phil­a­mundo, Global Melody, 16 Sayesse, 20 Sul­tan Bay­bars. 8-11fav Led, headed nar­rowly over 2f out, pushed along to lead over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at New­cas­tle 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) beat­ing In­sur­plus by 6l, 8 ran. 11-1 Promi­nent early, tracked lead­ers, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on, held by win­ner, lost 2nd to­wards fin­ish, 3rd of 14, 3/4l be­hind En­thaar at Kemp­ton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct. 14-1 Tracked lead­ers, rid­den and ev­ery chance in­side fi­nal fur­long, un­able to quicken to­wards fin­ish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l be­hind Garth Rockett at Lingfield 7f app hcp (6) pol. KEATON Jen­nings dug deep to de­liver a ca­reer-re­viv­ing cen­tury for Eng­land, then laid bare the scale of the anx­i­eties and self-doubt he has ex­pe­ri­enced try­ing to prove him­self over the past 18 months.

The Lan­cashire opener bat­ted with dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion for more than six hours in Galle, fin­ish­ing 146 not out hav­ing ma­noeu­vred his team into a win­ning po­si­tion over Sri Lanka on day three of the first Test.

It was a match, and a tour, many felt Jen­nings should not even be part of af­ter a dread­ful sum­mer in which he av­er­aged just 19.2 in 10 Test in­nings and looked bereft of con­fi­dence.

Hav­ing earned a re­prieve from the se­lec­tors, he has paid them back in spades, grind­ing a weary Sri Lankan at­tack into sub­mis­sion.

By the time he was done Eng­land had de­clared on 322-6 and the hosts are fac­ing up to a world-record chase of 462 on a wear­ing pitch.

Since scor­ing a hun­dred on de­but against 2016, Jen­nings has been on a roller­coaster - los­ing form dra­mat­i­cally, axed soon af­ter and then hav­ing his tech­nique picked apart ruth­lessly on his un­suc­cess­ful re­turn this year. He said: “The re­lief is some­thing I can’t re­ally ex­plain. It’s just re­ally pleas­ing and it’s a big ‘thank you’ to the peo­ple who have stuck with me over the last 18 months,” he said.

“You have to look at your im­me­di­ate cir­cle who are there when you need that hug, that shoul­der to cry on. It’s been re­ally tough but I sit here re­ally proud.

“They have backed me through some tough times, wak­ing in the night pan­ick­ing and stress­ing and go­ing through some tough times.

“When you’re wak­ing up at 6.30 in the morn­ing and read­ing about your tech­ni­cal de­fi­cien­cies it’s not hu­man to say it wouldn’t af­fect you.

“You feel the pinch from the me­dia point of view. You read things and that doubt gets cre­ated, the pres­sure gets cre­ated to the point where I sup­pose you wake up and doubt what cof­fee you’re hav­ing in the morn­ing...some­thing as sim­ple as that.

“The key was hav­ing a happy en­vi­ron­ment away from cricket.

“Cricket is a job - what is it, 8am7pm? - go home and en­joy a beer, en­joy a rum and coke, en­joy time with your niece and nephew. Be with your fam­ily. Ac­tu­ally have a life out­side of cricket.”

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