THINGS can only improve for Keaton Jennings, whose nightmare run hit rock bottom when he fell to the first ball of Durham's match against Derbyshire at Emirates Riverside.

After totalling 13 runs in four Twenty20 innings since being dropped from the Test side, the left-hander couldn't resist having a go at a poor ball from Hardus Viljoen.

It was short and wide of off stump but found the edge of Jennings' flashing blade to be caught by wicketkeeper Harver Hosein.

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With the floodlights on, Derbyshire dispensed with the toss, but under clearing skies it was a further 90 minutes before they claimed their second scalp as Durham reached 94 for three at lunch.

Tom Latham, who scored only five off his first 36 balls, had just begun to open up when he shaped to drive Tony Palladino and had his off stump rattled for 27.

Hardus Viljoen nipped one back to bowl Jack Burnham for nine, but Cameron Steel followed his 224 at Leicester in Durham's last match by reaching 51 not out.

He was missed at third slip by Matt Critchley off Viljoen on 38, but a thicker edge wide of the slips gave him his ninth four and took him to his half-century off 81 balls.