Jen­nings backs Red Rose to be force this sea­son

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHRIS OSTICK

KEATON Jen­nings be­lieves Lan­cashire can be an ‘un­stop­pable force’ if they start to click this sea­son.

It has been a largely dis­ap­point­ing cam­paign so far for the Red Rose. They failed to qual­ify for the knock­out stages of the Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup and are lan­guish­ing just one place above the rel­e­ga­tion zone in Di­vi­sion One of the Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship at the half-way stage.

But they have shown some im­pres­sive form in the Vi­tal­ity Blast, bounc­ing back from a de­feat to Worces­ter­shire in their open­ing game by thrash­ing both Northamp­ton­shire and Der­byshire. They face Der­byshire again to­day at Old Traf­ford (2.30pm).

And de­spite the stut­ter­ing first half of the sea­son, bats­man Jen­nings feels Lan­cashire are on the verge of some­thing spe­cial.

“For the ma­jor­ity of games we have been good, but when we have been bad we have been re­ally bad and have shot our­selves in the foot a lit­tle bit,” said Jen­nings.

“When you look in the County Cham­pi­onship, we have the most bat­ting and bowl­ing bonus points, but we haven’t got the wins.

“We need to nail those small things - that one over, that one piece of field­ing - that can change a game. Things will fall into place and if they do we can be an un­stop­pable force.”

To­day’s game is part of a two-day Bails and Ales fes­ti­val at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford which in­cludes to­mor­row’s se­cond XI match in­volv­ing Jimmy Anderson and screen­ing of the World Cup final.

There is also a darts night in The Point this evening for Steven Croft’s ben­e­fit. For more info visit lccc.co.uk.

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