Test opener Keaton Jennings warmed up for the ‘Test’ series against West Indies A with an unbeaten hundred, but England Lions’ batsmen struggled on the opening day of their three-day tour match against a Jamaica XI yesterday.
The left-hander, skipper of the touring side, struck 129 not out as Lions declared their first innings on 263 for eight after they were sent in.
Alex Davies, batting at number eight, gathered a breezy 53 to rally the lower order.
Fast bowler Reynard Leveridge (2-23), leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-63) and off-spinner Jamie Merchant (2-69) all finished with two wickets apiece.
Lions had hit back strongly at the close, however, with seamers Jamie Porter (2-11) and Toby Roland-Jones (2-19), both claiming two wickets apiece to reduce the hosts to 36 for four.
Kennar Lewis showed some resistance with five boundaries in 22 from 26 balls before becoming the final wicket of the day.
Jennings had earlier taken centrestage as his teammates floundered around him, failing to make the most of the outing.
All told, he faced 207 balls in just under 5-1/2 hours at the crease, and struck 13 fours and two sixes.
Jennings posted 40 for the first wicket with Haseeb Hameed (18), 35 for the third wicket with Liam Livingstone (11) and a further 37 for the sixth wicket with Ben Foakes (18).
However, with Lions struggling on 159 for six, it was a 97-run, seventh-wicket stand between Jennings and Davies which lifted the innings.
Davies faced 80 deliveries and struck eight fours before falling lbw to Jacobs.