While the talent of Will Jacks has always been plain to see for everyone at Surrey, this year’s truncated season was the moment he announced that to the wider game.
Named the Vitality Blast Player of the Year following Surrey’s final defeat to Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston earlier this month, Jacks was the only man to feature in all 18 competitive fixtures across both formats in the two months.
The 21-year-old academy graduate notched a total of 557 runs across the Bob Willis Trophy & Vitality Blast; more than any other Surrey player. He also kicked on as a white-ball off-spinner, claiming 13 wickets from 32.2 overs across his 13 T20 matches.
After the struggles of the first few weeks of the season, a win of any kind was needed. That came in a heavily rain-affected match with Hampshire in front of 2,500 at The Kia Oval.
Opener Jacks was there to see us over the line and while those Members left that night happy with a first win, few could have predicted the run that was to follow.
Several match winning performances followed, including with the ball in the quarter-final thrashing of Kent. That day he claimed figures of 4/15 with the wickets of international stars Zak Crawley, Joe Denly & Sam Billings and the tournament’s top scorer Daniel Bell-Drummond.
In the strangest of summers that started for Jacks with a call up to the 55-man England training group, the all-rounder will be hoping to continue this momentum when he next takes to a cricket field.