Lancashire put on back foot

Lancashire's Kyle Hogg hooks a four off Nottinghamshire's Andrew Carter.
Lancashire's Kyle Hogg hooks a four off Nottinghamshire's Andrew Carter.
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AN INNINGS of 70 by Keaton Jennings enabled Durham to have the best of the third day’s play in their LV= County Championships Division One match against Lancashire at Liverpool.

Replying to the home side’s first innings total of 262, Paul Collingwood’s team were 187 for four at the close, still 75 runs in arrears but with only one day left to play in a match looking set to end in a draw.

Durham fans can still be encouraged by the performance of Jennings. The left-hander faced 128 balls and hit nine fours in making his 70 runs.

Jennings put on 90 for the first wicket with Mark Stoneman before his partner was caught at short leg by Steven Croft off Simon Kerrigan for 44. He fell to Croft at short leg off Gary Keedy. Ben Stokes had made only four when he drove Keedy straight to Ashwell Prince at short midwicket.

Michael Richardson and Dale Benkenstein’s attempt to guide their side to close of play without further loss was foiled by Kerrigan, who bowled Benkenstein for 15 five overs before stumps. Richardson remained unbeaten on 39.

Lancashire’s bowling honours were taken by Kerrigan, who finished with two for 42 from 19 overs while Keedy took two for 45 in 15 overs.

Earlier, Lancashire had lost their last four wickets for 41 runs.

Three batsmen were dismissed by Graham Onions, who finished with figures of six for 41. Kyle Hogg was unbeaten on 60 when the last wicket fell. Lancashire had also collected two batting bonus points. This had risen to three but the side will need to win their last two matches to have any chance of avoiding relegation.