Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates (day two)
Northants 230: Wood 66; Gleeson 5-63, Onions 4-45
Lancashire 276-6: Jennings 97, Jones 67; Wood 3-44
Lancashire (5 pts) lead Northants (3 pts) by 46 runs
Match scorecard

Keaton Jennings made 97 for Lancashire against Northants, but the England Test opener’s dismissal sparked a second-day collapse by the hosts at .

Lancashire ended day two on 276-6 in their first innings, leading by 46.

Jennings and Rob Jones (67) added 152 in a patient third-wicket stand, but four quick wickets with the second new ball put Northants back in contention.

On-loan all-rounder Luke Wood followed his batting effort of 66 on day one by taking 3-44 with the ball.

Jennings scored five half-centuries in 10 innings during Lancashire’s run to the One-Day Cup semi-finals and carried that form into the four-day format.

The opener was given a life in the final over before tea when, on 92, his lofted sweep off spinner Rob Keogh was dropped at fine leg by Ben Sanderson.

But the left-hander was unable to take advantage of that escape and was removed soon after the interval, caught behind off Sanderson in the first over with the second new ball.

Lancashire lost four wickets for 21 runs, with Wood ripping out Liam Livingstone’s off stump and then trapping Jones lbw, before Dane Vilas (30 not out) and Tom Bailey (42 not out) took the home side into the lead with an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 67.