Cape Town – Keaton Jennings, son of former Proteas coach and
iconic Transvaal wicketkeeper Ray, on Monday became the first batsman to reach
1,000 runs in England’s County Championship.
Jennings was unbeaten on 20 (second innings) at lunch on day
three of Durham’s match against Middlesex at Lord’s, enough to propel him to
the landmark ahead of anyone else in either Division One – where Durham ply
their trade – or Two.
The Johannesburg-born left-hander, who aims to represent
England after qualifying earlier this year, had entered his 11th
Championship game of the campaign on 965 runs at an average of 68.93 and top
score of 221 not out.
He had made 27 in the first knock at Lord’s.
It meant that the 24-year-old edged a closely-fought battle
to reach the four-figure mark first: nearest to him in Division One is veteran
Somerset and former England batsman Marcus Trescothick, who stood on 942 runs
(average 55.41) after 11 appearances in the four-day competition although his
team are not in action in the current round.
The most runs in Division Two are the property of Kent’s Sam
Northeast – 995 after 11 games at 90.45.
Apart from having an illustrious father, Keaton is also the
brother of 36-year-old Dylan, the long-retired former Easterns and Gauteng
He is a former captain of the SA U19 side.
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