Keaton can’t save Lancs from de­feat

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - CRICKET By CHRIS OSTICK

NOT even a stun­ning cen­tury from Keaton Jen­nings could save Lan­cashire as they slumped to de­feat in a dra­matic open­ing Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup clash with Not­ting­hamshire at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford.

Af­ter back-to-back tons in his last two County Cham­pi­onship in­nings, the Red Rose new boy added a third with a bril­liant 136 off 129 balls on his List A de­but for the county.

And with 10 overs to go in Lan­cashire’s chase of Not­ting­hamshire’s 318 all out, he looked to be guid­ing them to vic­tory with the Red Rose well set on 245-3.

But a clut­ter of wick­ets saw them col­lapse to 309-9 as hold­ers Not­ting­hamshire took the points.

Ear­lier, Matthew Parkin­son - who was also mak­ing his List A de­but for Lan­cashire - claimed 5-68 as the Red Rose pulled Notts back af­ter Steven Mul­laney made 70, Ross Tay­lor 58, Chris Nash 52 and Tom Moores 47.

The leg-spin­ner took five of the Out­laws’ last six wick­ets as the visi­tors them­selves slipped from 248-4 to 318 all out, while Jen­nings took a ca­reer-best 2-32. It was still Not­ting­hamshire’s high­est List A to­tal against Lan­cashire, and would have been a record run chase for the Red Rose had they done it.

But de­spite Jen­nings shar­ing part­ner­ships of 70 with Liam Liv­ing­stone, 63 with Dane Vi­las and 87 with Steven Croft, his wicket with Lan­cashire need­ing 31 from 21 balls - one of Harry Gur­ney’s three vic­tims - was key.

“I got out at a cru­cial time in the run chase,” said Jen­nings, whose in­nings was the high­est by a Lan­cashire player against Notts in this form of the game. “It is hugely dis­ap­point­ing to not come out with a win.

“We al­ways felt we were in the game, and we seemed to be ahead of them at ev­ery point.

“But credit to the way Notts went about it, they forced us to hit the ball into dif­fi­cult ar­eas.”

Jen­nings missed out on the Eng­land squad for next week’s first Test against Pak­istan, de­spite his two cen­turies in the County Cham­pi­onship. And even af­ter his lat­est hun­dred, he says he is not think­ing about a re­turn to in­ter­na­tional cricket at the mo­ment.

“It has been fan­tas­tic to make an im­pres­sion at my new club,” he said.

“I want to score runs at Lancs and get them over the line. That’s all I’m think­ing about at the mo­ment.”

Lan­cashire cap­tain Liv­ing­stone, who used eight bowlers and picked four spin­ners, will have to lift his play­ers ahead of Sun­day’s sec­ond match at home to Durham.

“We backed our­selves to chase down that tar­get, but it didn’t hap­pen,” he said. “We could have been bet­ter in the field, and if we had kept them to un­der 300 we would have won the game.”

Lan­cashire’s Matthew Parkin­son cel­e­brates his five wick­ets, while Keaton Jen­nings (in­set) hit a cen­tury

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