Youngster Jacks takes the honours as Surrey secure first RLC win.2
282-6 (50) 286-4 (45.4)
Surrey won by six wickets
Royal London One-Day Cup
Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Peter Moore at the Kia Oval
19-year-old- batsman Will Jacks stole the show at the Kia Oval as Surrey recorded their first victory in this seasons Royal London One Day Cup competition after defeating previously unbeaten Gloucestershire by six wickets.
Jacks, playing in only his third first-team appearance for Surrey dominated a stand of 158 for the second wicket with Dean Elgar who made 50. The South African helped add 158 in 25 overs, after Surrey had lost Jason Roy cheaply.
Both sides went into today’s encounter with contrasting fortunes. The visitors had made a strong start to their campaign, having won both of their games, meanwhile for the hosts, it was a different tale as they were looking to register their first victory in the competition.
Surrey won the toss and elected to field. After eight balls Surrey made the initial breakthrough when Sam Curran had George Hankins(3) caught at backward point. Fellow opener Chris Dent had made 14 when he chipped the ball straight to Scott Borthwick at mid wicket to give Jade Dernbach his first wicket of the game. A 3rd wicket partnership of 58 was broken when Gareth Roderick(27) dragged the ball onto his stumps off Rikki Clarke to leave Gloucestershire 95 for 3 in the 21st over.
Skipper Rory Burns brought on leg spinner Scott Borthwick into the attack approaching the half way point. Benny Howell(60), who was looking in good touch, put a delivery from Borthwick into the pavilion, but next ball was snapped up by Clarke. Borthwick then had Ian Cockbain(16) taken at mid-wicket to leave the visitors on 131-5 in the 29th over.
With Gloucestershire losing wickets steadily it was down to an excellent partnership of 110 between Ryan Higgins and Jack Taylor to set a defendable total for the visitors, before Taylor holed out in the deep with almost three overs left. Higgins- who went on to make his highest ever score in any form of cricket- finished undefeated on 81 as Gloucestershire posted 282-6.
In pursuit of 283 for victory, Surrey suffered a massive setback when Jason Roy holed out to third man off the sixth ball of the innings for a duck. Despite loosing Roy, 19-year-old Will Jacks moved to his first 50 for Surrey. Which came off 47 balls with nine fours. Along with South African Dean Elgar, the pair added an unbroken stand of 151 when Jacks went to his maiden century with a six off Tom Smith. The impressive youngster reached three figures of 86 balls which included 12 fours and three sixes, all off spinner Tom Smith. Elgar reached his half century and was then bowled around his legs sweeping to leave Surrey perfectly placed on 158 for 2 in the 27th over. Jacks’s brilliant innings of 121 was eventually ended when the youngster was looking to get his fifth six of the innings but was caught on the deep square leg boundary with Surrey requiring 98 to win with 21 overs remaining. His 121 came off 100 balls with 14 fours and four big sixes’. The youngster left the field to a standing ovation from all sides of the ground. On this evidence alone, you can see already why Surrey rate Jacks so highly. Certainly, he is a player of the future to watch out for.
Ben Foakes and Skipper Rory Burns added 57 for the fourth wicket before Ryan Higgins had Burns caught at deep square leg for 37. It was left to an undefeated knock off 50 from Ben Foakes- including three six’s off a Tom Smith over- to take Surrey past their target and secure their first win in this seasons Royal London Cup with 26 deliveries to spare.
Meanwhile, the club have also announced that Indian Virat Kohli who was to have joined Surrey during the month of June, will now not be joining the club due to a neck injury.