Keaton Jennings’ triple century gives Lancashire a chance to win against Somerset

Keaton Jennings’ career-best 318 and Luke Wells’ Century kept Lancashire from victory in the LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Somerset in Southport.

Jennings achieved the highest individual first class score at Southport, the fourth highest by any Lancashire batter in history and the highest by any Lancashire batter since 1990.

Wells quickly went from his overnight 99 to triple figures, and with the Red Rose scoring quickly, they were able to move into a match-winning position after day three with 624 to nine and a 178 lead.

England Test wicketkeeper Ben Foakes’ unbeaten 86 and Rory Burns’ Century have given Championship leaders Surrey an outside chance to defeat Yorkshire in Scarborough.

Surrey, responding to a first innings 521, provided just a six-run deficit with 20 overs remaining before Yorkshire’s second innings ended after two late Jamie Overton wickets with 65 for two.

Foakes hit 12 fours and a six on 156 balls in his first game since leaving midway in the Headingley Test against New Zealand with Covid-19 last month to lift his side to 515.

That included 132 for captain Burns – 94 overnight – while Yorkshire off-spinner Dom Bess claimed five for 126.

Second-placed Hampshire are on track to have a point if Surrey draws as they are just 59 runs behind against Warwickshire, who have a second innings wicket to play.

Keith Barker took four for 23 after Michael Burgess and Alex Davies of Warwickshire stubbornly put down Hampshire on day three.

Davies and Burgess, 46 and 58, led on a sweltering low-scoring day as Warwickshire looked to avoid the threat of an innings loss after giving up a 153-run deficit in the first innings.

Essex drove to a nine-wicket championship win over Gloucestershire at Chelmsford for a third straight season, where Simon Harmer won eight for 112 to finish with match numbers of 13 for 156.

Nick Browne’s unbeaten 43 helped Essex chase a modest 79 target to keep the hosts fourth in Division One after Gloucestershire resumed the day with 34 runs and just four wickets remaining.

Ryan Rickelton’s unbeaten 101 for Northamptonshire set the stage for a tense final day against Kent in Canterbury.

The visitors lead by 252 runs after hitting 284 for five on stumps after Kent hit all 335, adding just 48 to their overnight score for a 32 lead.

In Division Two, Eddie Byrom’s second big ton of the season boosted Glamorgan’s hopes of promotion and handed leaders Nottinghamshire a massive 455 win.

Byrom hit a flowing 144 before a late attack from Sam Northeast, who scored a first century for his new county, led to the declaration at 421 for five in a day of trouble for the visiting bowlers.

Nottinghamshire faces a tough battle on the fourth and final day, needing 436 more to win after closing at 19 for one on a wicket that provides some support for bowlers.

Worcestershire’s Ed Pollock smashed 113 balls from 77 balls to help his side to a stunning seven-wicket win over Middlesex at the Merchant Taylors’ School.

Pollock raced to his highest first-class score — including seven sixes and eleven fours — to ensure the visitors comfortably pursued a fourth-innings goal of 238.

On a quiet square in Hove, Leicestershire trio Louis Kimber, Colin Ackermann and Wiaan Mulder made centuries as Leicestershire responded to Sussex’s 588 with 529 for four.

The unbeaten pair of Ackermann (167) and Mulder (129) have so far added 250 for the fifth wicket and there should have been a fourth hundred to celebrate for the Foxes but Rishi Patel was out for 99. Keaton Jennings’ triple century gives Lancashire a chance to win against Somerset

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