County Championship: Keaton Jennings 91 not as Lancashire reply to Somerset's 429

Keaton Jennings
Keaton Jennings has not played for England since the fourth Test against South Africa in August 2017
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford (day two):
Somerset 429: Bartlett 110, Trescothick 100, Abell 99
Lancashire 217-2: Jennings 91*, Vilas 83*
Lancashire (3 pts) trail Somerset (4 pts) by 212 runs

Keaton Jennings finished unbeaten on 91 for Lancashire as the hosts replied well to Somerset's 429 on day two.

Jennings, who has played six Tests for England, batted patiently in a 169-run stand with Dane Vilas (83 not out) to turn around his poor early-season form.

Lancashire closed on 217-2, still trailing by 212 runs on first innings.

Earlier, Somerset captain Tom Abell fell for a fine 99 as the visitors moved from 321-5 overnight, with Jimmy Anderson (0-91) going wicketless.

South Africa-born Jennings began the campaign with scores of 11, 27, 2, 24 and 15 after moving to Lancashire from Durham, but the 25-year-old batted confidently and solidly against the Somerset attack to make the most of a good wicket.

He soaked up pressure expertly, hitting 14 boundaries in his 219-ball stay, while fellow South African Vilas played the aggressor, at one point striking England spinner Jack Leach for successive sixes.

The two batsmen made the most of excellent conditions to leave the match evenly poised at stumps, after Alex Davies (23) and Liam Livingstone (6) fell early on.

It was a less enjoyable day for Anderson. For the first time since 2005. England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker did not take a wicket in a County Championship match when having bowled more than 25 overs.

Instead, Matt Parkinson (3-80) and Joe Mennie (3-82) did the damage for the hosts - the latter trapping Abell lbw when one run short of a century following a spell of pressure.

Somerset spinner Jack Leach:

"With the newer, harder ball it was ripping quite nicely and then, at the end of the day, the ball had got quite soft. That made it harder to make anything happen but we stuck at it pretty well.

"It was the first time we'd been tested in the field and that was why it was important to keep our energies high.

"Whenever I'm with Liam Livingstone, he talks about how much he enjoys playing against Somerset, so it was a pleasing wicket and a nice way to get him. "

Lancashire and England opener Keaton Jennings:

"At the back end of Friday it looked like we could be in the dirt for quite a long time. It was credit to the bowlers that they kept charging in on a non-responsive surface.

"Dane and I complement each other. It was really good fun to put together a partnership where we could get into the driver's seat in a session or two's time. It was really enjoyable.

"He was a couple of years ahead of me [at King Edward VII School, Johannesburg]. At times I wondered if I was playing on the same surface because he was hitting the ball so beautifully."

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