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Live Blog: Sussex v Lancashire, Day Four

Live Blog: Sussex v Lancashire, Day Four

Live updates from the 1st Central County Ground, Hove

Welcome to the live blog for Day Four of Lancashire's LV= Insurance County Championship match away to Sussex. 

Lancashire 255-5, Jennings 91* Croft 16*
Steven Croft pulls Stuart Meaker for four and that completes a great comeback victory and what a tremendous innings by Keaton Jennings to safely steer Lancashire to their target. A pity he couldn’t reach three figures but I doubt whether he will mind!

Points: Sussex 6, Lancashire 20.

Thanks for following this blog, today’s match report will appear shortly.

1.55pm, 64.3 overs
Lancashire 243-5, Jennings 88* Croft 10* need 10 more runs to win.
Lancashire nearly there as Keaton Jennings picks up a three off Stuart Meaker.

1.44pm, 62.0 overs
Lancashire 234-5, Jennings 84* Croft 6* need 19 more runs to win.
Jack Carson is bowling the first over after lunch and Steven Croft sweeps the second ball for four.

1.04pm, LUNCH Day 4, 61.0 overs
Lancashire 228-5, Jennings 83* Croft 1* need 25 more runs to win.
That has been another excellent session with the 71-run partnership between Keaton Jennings and Josh Bohannon taking Lancashire to the verge of victory.

12.55pm, 58.5 overs
Lancashire 224-5, Jennings 80* Croft 0* need 29 more runs to win.
Josh Bohannon playing all his shots as Lancashire near their target. A short ball from Henry Crocombe is carved wide of third man for another four. An unamused Crocombe pings in a bouncer that has Bohannon tumbling away as he evades the delivery!
Bohannon then pulls another short ball high to Tom Clark running in from fine leg who takes a very good catch low down by his ankles, but that was a fine 46 by the Boltonian.

12.49pm, 57.2 overs
Lancashire 219-4, Jennings 80* Bohannon 41* need 34 more runs to win.
SIX! New ball please! One is needed after Josh Bohannon has sent a full toss off Delray Rawlins towards Hove town centre! Lancashire look to be nearly there as Bohannon hammers the replacement ball for four. Brilliant batting.

12.45pm, 57.0 overs
Lancashire 209-4, Jennings 80* Bohannon 31* need 44 more runs to win.
Josh Bohannon cleverly manoeuvres the ball to the third man boundary off Henry Crocombe and the runs have started coming at a quicker rate in the last ten minutes. Keaton Jennings is playing a brilliant anchor role and the 200 is up on the board!
Bohannon then pulls Crocombe for 4 more to bring up the 50 partnership!

12.35pm, 54.0 overs
Lancashire 194-4, Jennings 75* Bohannon 21* need 59 more runs to win.
Lovely drive for four through midwicket by Josh Bohannon off Henry Crocombe as Lancashire chip away at the runs required.
Then Bohannon goes down the wicket to hoist Carson for four over long-on.

12.15pm, 49.0 overs
Lancashire 170-4, Jennings 63* Bohannon 9* need 83 more runs to win.
2 runs have come from the previous five overs as Sussex attempt to build pressure on the Red Rose pair, but Bohannon relives that with a glance to fine leg for four to get off the mark and follows with a straight drive for four more off Jamie Atkins!

12.03pm, 45.0 overs
Lancashire 160-4, Jennings 62* Bohannon 0* need 93 more runs to win.
Keaton Jennings glances Jamie Atkins to fine leg for four to bring the target down to double figures but after an hour’s play this is still too close to call. Sussex doing their best to stifle the scoring and create pressure. Great game!

11.49am, 41.3 overs
Lancashire 153-4, Jennings 55* Bohannon 0* need 100 more runs to win.
Liam Livingstone gets off the mark with a single off a rearing delivery from Stuart Meaker that the batsman did well to keep down, but then he flicks Jack Carson to Delray Rawlins at midwicket to go for 3.

11.41am, 39.5 overs
Lancashire 147-3, Jennings 52* Livingstone 0* need 106 more runs to win.
Saqib Mahmood is out, stumped by Ben Brown off Jack Carson for 7 after advancing down the wicket to the off spinner.

11.38am, 39.0 overs
Lancashire 146-2, Jennings 51* Mahmood 7* need 107 more runs to win.
It has been a slow and steady start to the day in bright sunshine with 22 runs added by Keaton Jennings and Saqib Mahmood without any real alarms save for an early edge wide of slip by Jennings.

11.28am, 36.2 overs
Lancashire 143-2, Jennings 50* Mahmood 5* need 109 more runs to win.
Keaton Jennings reverse sweeps Jack Carson for four and then picks up a single off Stuart Meaker to go to his second fifty of the match!

11.22am, 35.0 overs
Lancashire 138-2, Jennings 44* Mahmood 5* need 115 more runs to win.
A cautious start as both teams wrestle for an early advantage. Mahmood picks up two with a nice push out to midwicket loudly applauded by the Lancs players.

11.09am, 31.0 overs
Lancashire 130-2, Jennings 40* Mahmood 2* need 123 more runs to win.
Stuart Meaker finds some extra bounce from his fifth delivery and Keaton Jennings edges wide of the only slip for 4. Off spinner Jack Carson is on straight away this morning.

11.05am, 30.0 overs
Lancashire 124-2, Jennings 35* Mahmood 1* need 129 more runs to win.
Keaton Jennings and nightwatchman Saqib Mahmood are out in the middle with Mahmood to face the first ball of the day from Stuart Meaker

Better news, the sun is shining the covers are being taken off and the groundstaff have finished taking a rope around the outfield so we look ready to start in the next few minutes.

It looks like we may have a delayed start. The umpires are out in the middle assessing conditions. The wheeled covers are over the wicket but all the sheets have been removed. Once we get word from the umpires, we will update.

Lancashire need 129 more runs to record a third Championship victory when play resumes at Hove following yesterday’s brilliant assault of 73 by Alex Davies on the 253-run target.

It was a thrilling passage of play as Davies took on the Sussex attack in a century partnership with Keaton Jennings, breaking his bat when hitting Crocombe for six!

Keaton is still there on 35 and will have Saqib Mahmood with him after the fast bowler came in late yesterday as nightwatchman with Lancashire 124-2.

 There are some threatening looking clouds around at present but fingers crossed we will get under way on time at 11am.

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