Live blog: Northamptonshire v Lancashire, Day One
Live updates from The County Ground, Northampton
Welcome to the live blog for Day One of Lancashire's LV= Insurance County Championship match away to Northamptonshire.
4.10pm, CLOSE Day 1
Lancashire 59-0 (16.5 overs), Jennings 23*, Davies 34*
There's been little improvement in the weather and the umpires have abandoned play for day.
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3.25pm update, Tea Day 1
With no immediate prospect of any play we are going to take tea at 3.50pm
2.30pm, rain delay
Just before we were ready to restart more rain has arrived to delay things further!
Good news, play will restart at 2.30pm.
1.45pm, rain delay
The umpires are going to return again at 2pm and make a further inspection after all the covers have been taken off, so hopefuly we might see some play this afternoon.
1.30pm, rain delay
We were hoping to restart at 1.25pm but a shower has delayed things slightly. The weather has improved and the umpires will now make an inspection at 1.40pm.
12.35pm, Lunch Day 1
An early lunch will be taken at Northampton at 12.45pm. Lancashire were 59-0 from 16.5 overs before rain halted play just after noon.
12.10pm, 16.5 overs
Lancashire 59-0, Jennings 23*, Davies 34*
Unfortunately rain has stopped play not long after Keaton Jennings had played a cracking square cut for his first four of the day off Wayne Parnell.
This is the fourth 50 partnership of the season for the opening wicket by Jennings and Davies and a great effort after being put in to bat in testing conditions.
11.48am, 12.0 overs
Lancashire 48-0, Jennings 16*, Davies 32*
This has been a really positive start by Lancashire opening pair Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies.
Lots of good running and just three boundaries scored so far, all by Davies; the first lovely cover drive off Gareth Berg, the second going just past the slip cordon off Ben Sanderson and the third a glance to fine leg moments ago off Tom Taylor.
11.20am, 5.0 overs
Lancashire 21-0, Jennings 9*, Davies 12*
Ben Sanderson and Gareth Berg getting early swing and movement off the pitch but Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies have countered with some positive running while Davies has just driven the first four of the morning off Berg.
It’s very overcast and windy at Northampton this morning.
11.05am, 1.0 overs
Lancashire 3-0, Jennings 3*, Davies 0*
The floodlights are on as we get under way in gloomy conditions with Ben Sanderson and Gareth Berg opening the bowling to the regular Red Rose opening pair of Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies. No great surprise that Adam Rossington elected to bowl in these conditions after he won the toss.
Toss: Northants have won the toss and put Lancashire in to bat.
Northants: Ben Curran, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Rob Keogh, Luke Procter, Saif Zaib, Adam Rossington (capt/wk), Tom Taylor, Wayne Parnell, Gareth Berg, Ben Sanderson, Simon Kerrigan.
Lancashire: Keaton Jennings, Alex Davies, Luke Wells, Josh Bohannon, Dane Vilas (capt/wk), Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Luke Wood, Tom Bailey, James Anderson, Matt Parkinson.
Danny Lamb and Saqib Mahmood making way for Steven Croft and Tom Bailey from the last match against Glamorgan.
The news from Northampton this morning is that it is cloudy and dry at present, although the forecast is for the odd shower or two coming along during the day.
This will be the first the teams have played in front of spectators for almost 20 months and it’s great to see supporters back after such a long time.
Both teams have reached the halfway point of the LV= County Championship group stage, each having played five matches after enjoying the last week off.
Lancashire are second in the Group 3 table with 93 points, five behind leaders Yorkshire-who have played 6 games-while Northants have 68 points.
The hosts bounced back well from their one-run defeat against Yorkshire to hammer Sussex by an innings last time out, with Gareth Berg and Ben Sanderson claiming 19 out of the 20 wickets to fall.
Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple has pinpointed the importance of the game at this stage of the season.
“It will be a real test,” he said after the drawn match against Glamorgan.
“Northants position in the table makes it really clear that if we get a good result it will put us in a fabulous position. So it will be another big game and one we are looking forward to.”
We will also be keeping an eye on James Anderson with the England ace needing 8 more wickets to reach 1,000 first-class wickets.