Keaton Jennings left to grin and bear it through another Lancashire heartbreak

Lancashire have been within the operating for 3 competitions this season and have gained nothing. Defeat within the Royal London Cup last adopted an agonising near-miss within the T20 Blast last that Hampshire famously gained twice, and a Championship problem that was lastly extinguished by a six-point penalty for disciplinary causes.

For Keaton Jennings, Lancashire’s captain within the 50-over competitors, one other disappointment was exhausting to take, and it was testimony to his good nature and maturity that he was in a position to smile within the face of failure.

“I suppose one optimistic is we gave ourselves an opportunity to win,” he mentioned. “We bought into two finals and within the Championship we’ve got performed some actually good cricket and had we been in a position to drive a end in a few video games it may need been totally different.

“It’s powerful to take. You may look again on each dangerous second and be extremely exhausting on your self however the reality is the fellows have performed some actually good cricket.”

Jennings had been one of many culprits in a surprisingly error-ridden Lancashire fielding show – Kent’s outfielding comfortably outdid them – after which was dismissed for 72 when an untroubled innings was promising to arrange victory.

“Our catching was an element,” he mentioned. “Our fielding all through the competitors has been a stand-out for me. I do not wish to say distinctive, however the guys have thrown their our bodies round and caught some severely good catches.”

He should be within the operating for the reserve opener’s place on England’s Check tour of Pakistan, but it surely was not the time for him to surprise about it.

“I am not significantly questioning proper now,” he mentioned. “So far as England choice is worried it is utterly out of my arms. This defeat is difficult to take and I do not wish to look any additional.”

Kent’s participant of the match as they took their first Record A title for 44 years was Joey Evison, who collected his award whereas chants rang across the floor for the allrounder he’s earmarked to exchange – Darren Stevens, 26 years his senior, and affected by a groin damage which ended his spell after eight overs

Evison struck 97 on his return to Trent Bridge – he was loaned out to Kent for this season forward of a three-year deal – and he additionally bowled a decisive penultimate over with Lancashire 22 quick and the final pair on the crease. He appeared nerveless, however revealed that he was troubled by cramp.

“I used to be cramping up a bit so I used to be a bit fearful about that,” he mentioned. “I clearly did not drink sufficient. I used to be stretching rather a lot. It might have gone the opposite means. Liam Damage might be fairly harmful in these conditions, however the last ball got here out properly.

“If you happen to’d have informed me at the beginning of the day I might get 97, in addition to two wickets and a catch, and I might have bitten your hand off.

“I feel we outfielded Lancashire. They dropped just a few catches and we managed to take them.”

If Stevens could possibly be anticipated to limp fortunately across the bar all through the night, his season, his Kent profession, his whole profession maybe now at an finish, Kent’s celebrations must be tempered. They’re nonetheless not away from potential relegation and face a demanding penultimate match in opposition to Championship-chasing Hampshire on the Ageas Bowl on Tuesday.

David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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