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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 closing adopted an agonising near-miss within the T20 Blast closing 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 arduous to take, and it was testimony to his good nature and maturity that he was capable of smile within the face of failure.

“I suppose one positive is we gave ourselves a chance to win,” he mentioned. “We got into two finals and in the Championship we have played some really good cricket and had we been able to force a result in a couple of games it might have been different.

“It is hard to take. You can look again on each dangerous second and be extremely arduous on your self however the reality is the blokes have performed some actually good cricket.”

Jennings had been one of the culprits in a surprisingly error-ridden Lancashire fielding display – Kent’s outfielding comfortably outdid them – and then was dismissed for 72 when an untroubled innings was promising to set up victory.

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

He must be in the running for the reserve opener’s position on England’s Test tour of Pakistan, but it was not the time for him to wonder about it.

“I’m not significantly questioning proper now,” he said. “As far as England choice is worried it is utterly out of my palms. This defeat is tough to take and I do not need to look any additional.”

Kent’s player of the match as they took their first List A title for 44 years was Joey Evison, who collected his award while chants rang around the ground for the allrounder he is earmarked to replace – Darren Stevens, 26 years his senior, and stricken by a groin injury 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 ahead of a three-year deal – and he also bowled a decisive penultimate over with Lancashire 22 short and the last pair at the crease. He looked nerveless, but revealed that he was troubled by cramp.

“I used to be cramping up a bit so I used to be a bit frightened about that,” he said. “I clearly did not drink sufficient. I used to be stretching rather a lot. It might have gone the opposite manner. Liam Hurt will be fairly harmful in these conditions, however the closing ball got here out properly.

“If you’d have told me at the start of the day I would get 97, as well as two wickets and a catch, and I would have bitten your hand off.

“I believe we outfielded Lancashire. They dropped a number of catches and we managed to take them.”

If Stevens may very well 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 are 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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