County Championship: Keaton Jennings hundred earns Lancashire healthy lead over Yorkshire in Roses clash
Lancashire went 350-6 on the second day of Roses’ clash against Yorkshire at Old Trafford, with Keaton Jennings scoring 114 and Luke Wells 60; Watch the third day live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.55 am
Lancashire starter Keaton Jennings posted three figures to help his team build a sizable lead in Roses’ game against Yorkshire (PA Images)
Keaton Jennings turned his first century since 2018 to keep Lancashire firmly in control as they racked up a 191 lead in Roses’ game against Yorkshire.
Jennings topped the score with 114 at Old Trafford, sharing a 175 second-field partnership with Luke Wells (60), who posted his best score since joining Sussex’s Red Rose to help the home team reach 350- 6 in stumps. Lancs vs Yorks scorecard
Though Jennings and Wells batted well into the afternoon session, Yorkshire made the most of the second new ball, with Ben Coad making the breakthrough when one drifted away to catch the centurion on the first slip.
Five balls later, Jordan Thompson (3-64) fired Wells (60) in the same way and the Red Rose appeared to be slipping slightly at 252-4 when Liam Livingstone departed shortly after.
But Josh Bohannon (47 not out) and Dane Vilas (35) regained the initiative, putting Lancashire in a strong position to extend the lead over their opponents at the top of Group 3.
Veteran Gareth Berg made crucial contributions with both bat and ball at Hove to go Northamptonshire well placed for a second win against Sussex this season. Sussex vs Northants scorecard
The 40-year-old made an undefeated 43 while last man Ben Sanderson made 20 in his stand of 51 before George Garton (4-69) knocked him down to lift the visitors to 256, an 81 lead.
Sussex practically cleared his backlog for the loss of a wicket, with starter Tom Haines hitting an undefeated 64.
But left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan took two wickets in successive overs and Berg knocked out Tom Clark as Sussex closed at 142-4, leading 61.
Group 2 leaders Gloucestershire face a battle to maintain his undefeated record after Surrey recorded a total of 473 first entries on The Oval. Surrey vs Gloucs scorecard
Hashim Amla advanced to 173 for the home team, sharing partnerships of 61 with Sean Abbott (40) and 82 with Rikki Clarke (65) before continuing to play to provide Miles Hammond with just his second senior wicket.
Ryan Higgins (4-69) wrapped up Surrey’s innings by pitching Dan Moriarty and Clarke before Gloucestershire reached 45-1 in response, with Kraigg Brathwaite unbeaten at 27 as rain ended the game.
Seamer Martin Andersson finished 4-27, including two wickets on two balls, to give Middlesex the advantage in his basement battle against Leicestershire on Grace Road. Leics vs Middlesex scorecard
Andersson, whose numbers were his best in the Middlesex colors, was supported by Ethan Bamber (3-36) as the Seaxes pitched their hosts 136, a 159 deficit in the first inning, after a total of 295, with John Simpson undefeated with 95.
Middlesex refused to enforce the continuation and stretched their lead to 216 on the stumps, with Stephen Eskinazi 31 not out and Nick Gubbins 20 not at 57-1 total.
Adam Wheater’s 81-post entries Essex in a strong position to press for victory against Durham in the last two days in Chester-le-Street. Durham vs Essex scorecard
Wheater and Ryan ten Doeschate (55) added 125 for the sixth wicket to rescue the visitors, who had fallen to 53-5 in their second inning after initial forays by Ben Raine (3-51) and Brydon Carse (3- 69).
Essex progressed to 263-8 at the end, an overall lead of 346, having fired Durham by just 99 in their first innings, with Sam Cook taking 4-38 and Jamie Porter and Peter Siddle sharing the remaining six wickets.
Ed Barnard narrowly missed the second century of his first-class career as Worcestershire took command on a second day affected by the rain against Derbyshire on New Road. Scorecard Worcs vs Derbys
Barnard, who hit his first ton against Essex earlier in the season, was last out for 90, adding 45 for the last wicket with Dillon Pennington to guide Worcestershire to 421 all in all.
Both Barnard and Pennington picked up a wicket when Derbyshire responded, with Joe Leach taking the other before Wayne Madsen (31st) led the visitors 91-3 on the stumps.
Ben Slater’s fifth half century of the season gave the Group 1 leaders Nottinghamshire a solid start in response to Warwickshire341 total, leading visitors to 173-3 at Edgbaston. Scorecard Warks vs Notts
Dane Paterson (5-90) completed his first five-wicket round for Notts before Liam Norwell (30th) and Oliver Hannon-Dalby (26) ensured that the Warwickshire tail moved with a final 52 wicket stamina.