Jennings century puts Lancashire on top
Jennings century puts Lancashire on top on Day Two
Keaton Jennings’ second century of the season, backed up by some outstanding new ball bowling, have put Lancashire on course to gain their first victory of the County Championship season.
Beginning the match in seventh place in the table the Red Rose have dominated all six sessions of the match against a Notts side that had entered this round of matches as league leaders.
Jennings made 126 as his Lancashire side reached 338 in their first innings, scoring his runs from 247 deliveries with 21 fours. The left-hander eventually fell to Stuart Broad, who claimed figures of four for 41.
When Notts batted for a second time they immediately ran into difficulties with Graham Onions and James Anderson sharing the wickets, as Notts slipped to 106 for five having been one for three at one stage.
At the start of the day Lancashire resumed from their overnight score of 157 for four, with a lead of 24, and made steady progress until Stuart Broad produced a piece of sheer brilliance.
Dane Vilas had moved on to 20 and drilled a Broad delivery back towards the big fast bowler. With great athleticism the England man swooped low to pull off a stunning return catch.
Broad, in great rhythm throughout, also bagged another victim in his opening burst as Steven Croft nicked behind for five.
Jennings’ only moment of alarm occurred when he was on 95, with wicketkeeper Tom Moores unable to gather the ball cleanly with the batsman leaving his ground to try and drive Samit Patel.
Jordan Clark scored an enterprising 40 out of a stand of 85 with Jennings, before upper-cutting the Jake Ball’s final ball of the first session into the hands of third man.
Moores redeemed himself with his fourth and fifth catches of the innings to remove Tom Bailey and Anderson after lunch.
Sandwiched between them, Jennings made a rare – but fatal – error of judgement when he shouldered arms to Broad’s first delivery with the second new ball and lost his off stump.
Batting for a second time Notts were dealt an early blow when captain Steven Mullaney chopped Anderson onto his stumps, without a run on the board.
Onions, who weighed in with a useful 16 not out at the end of Lancashire’s innings, then reduced Notts to one for three as he dismissed Chris Nash and Ross Taylor with consecutive deliveries.
For Taylor, it was a first ball dismissal that completed a pair in this match - and also mirrored his first ball dismissal against Onions in the second innings of the Old Trafford meeting a month ago.
Patel managed to avoid the hat-trick and sped to 16 before slashing Anderson straight to point.
Riki Wessels, who scored 35, became Onions’ third victim in the evening gloom, as umpire Michael Gough upheld a bellowed lbw shout.
When bad light gave in to heavy rain 11 overs early Notts were still 99 runs away from making their visitors again, with Jake Libby on 38 and Moores on five.