Jennings and Bohannon steer Lancs to great comeback victory at Hove
Keaton Jennings and Josh Bohannon combined to steer Lancashire to a five-wicket victory against Sussex at Hove to complete a brilliant comeback in a hard-fought contest.
Needing 129 runs at the start of the final morning Jennings and Bohannon initially fought off determined Sussex attempts to add to the two early wickets they had claimed, before easing the Red Rose to within sight of their target just before lunch.
Although Bohannon fell to an excellent catch at deep square leg by Tom Clark off Henry Crocombe for 46, Steven Croft joined forces with Jennings to clinch victory early in the afternoon.
It wasn’t all plain sailing as Sussex applied early pressure after taking the wickets of Saqib Mahmood, stumped for 7 off the excellent bowling of Jack Carson (3-45 off 24 overs), and Liam Livingstone who chipped the off-spinner to midwicket for 3 with 102 runs still required.
But that was about as good it got for the home side. With Jennings dropping anchor and Bohannon easing himself into his innings early runs were few and far between, and Sussex sensed an opportunity building pressure with a five-over spell that yielded just two runs.
Jennings and Bohannon stood firm and try as they might the Sussex attack failed to find a way to dislodge either batsman who were content to settle for steady accumulation.
A lovely drive for four through midwicket by Bohannon off Crocombe with sixty runs wanted seemed to be the catalyst for a sudden acceleration as Bohannon then hoisted Carson for another four to long-on before taking two fours and a six, the latter sailing out of the ground, from the suffering Crocombe in a gem of an innings.
Bohannon departure moments before lunch when 29 runs were needed after having helped add 71 for the fifth wicket, but Jennings went on to reach the conclusion alongside Steven Croft (16 not out), the opener making an fine unbeaten 91 from 194 balls in a very impressive innings that formed the backbone of a great Lancashire run chase in testing circumstances.
This third consecutive victory gained 20 points and leaves Lancashire top of the Group 3 table in the LV= County Championship with 79 points.
Our next game starts on Thursday when Glamorgan are the visitors to Emirates Old Trafford.
Photos: Luke Adams