Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jennings Proves Steady, but No Durham Fireworks

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jennings Proves Steady, but No Durham Fireworks

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Byline: Stuart Rayner at Emirates Durham ICG stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

KEATON Jennings stated his case to finally be thought of as a one-day player, but Durham gained little else from their warm-up for this summer's Royal London Cup.

An inexperienced Sri Lanka A team enjoyed a Sunday stroll to an eightwicket win, Lahirua Gamage claiming a hat-trick.

Jennings had not previously played 'List A' cricket for Durham, nor batted for them in his two Twenty20 appearances.

Yet having played domestically in his native South Africa, his record now stands at five half-centuries in only seven games.

Without him, Durham would have been well and truly embarrassed.

Even with him cementing their innings, they were still well beaten - bowled out with nearly seven overs unplayed and failing to reach 200 despite a very short river-side boundary.

Jennings is overlooked because he is not a dashing batsman.

He was off the mark with an all-run four and added two genuine boundaries - one cut, the other straight - in his first six deliveries.

He faced another 76 before cutting his next, and last, four from 65 in 88 balls.

It hardly demanded selection at Taunton next Sunday, but it was the innings the situation demanded.

He also chipped in with five overs of medium pace steadier than they threatened to be when he started with a wide.

Steadiness was not what Durham required with the ball.

With Phil Mustard rested and Calum MacLeod nursing a leg injury, Durham's batting had a sedate look.

Jennings, Scott Borthwick and Michael Richardson are not players you want starting their innings during the powerplay, yet all three did. Mark Stoneman was the only explosive batsman in the top four but, having been dropped on three by a stretching Niroshan Dickwella, he had four from 18 deliveries when the wicketkeeper made ammends. …

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