Jennings and Davies prosper before rain curtails play
An unbeaten opening partnership of 59 between Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies helped Lancashire make a great start to this LV= Insurance County Championship match against Northants before rain wrecked the day's play.
Only 70 minutes of play were possible on the day where spectators finally returned to county cricket after twenty months' absence and it was hard to feel anything else other than huge sympathy for those involved at Wantage Road as well as everyone watching after the efforts made to stage the game.
Play did start on time at 11am albeit with the floodlights on under heavy skies that always threatened to bring an interruption to proceedings.
Unsurprisingly, given the conditions and Messrs Anderson, Wood and Bailey probably also itching to bowl, home skipper Adam Rossington had little hesitation in choosing to put Lancashire in to bat first after winning the toss.
Opening pair Ben Sanderson and Gareth Berg found early swing and seam movement and were probably confident of adding to their season’s wicket tally given the pair had demolished Sussex last time out, taking 19 of the 20 possible wickets between them.
So it was a real testament to the skill and determination of Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies that they not only survived the early exchanges, but took the game to the Northants attack with some good shot selection and excellent running between the wickets that kept the scoreboard moving along.
They gave very few chances and while boundaries were few and far between, the quick ones, twos and occasional threes kept pushing the pressure back the bowler’s way.
Davies was responsible for first three times the ball did reach the ropes; a lovely cover drive in the 4th over, a second slightly fortuitous one that just evaded fourth slip in the 7th over while the third came from a clever glance to fine leg in the 11th.
Jennings had just square cut Wayne Parnell for his first boundary from his 44th ball faced, helping post the opening pair’s fourth fifty partnership of the season before rain halted play at 12.10pm and brought about an early lunch.
Play was just about to restart at 2.30pm when further heavy rain arrived and play was abandoned straight after tea at 4.10pm with Lancashire 59 without loss, Jennings on 23 and Davies 34 not out from the 16.5 overs bowled.
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