Published: 3rd October, 2018
2018 has been a summer Surrey fans and players alike will remember for a long time to come but what were the biggest moments throughout the season?
Our first Specsavers County Championship title in 16 years, with 10 wins and nine consecutively, means 2018 really was a golden summer.
21 players featured in red ball cricket with another five on top of that group across both white ball formats, of which 15 have come through Surrey’s own system.
Here’s the third in a series that will look at how each player fared this summer, starting at the beginning of the alphabet.
In his tenth professional season with the club, the top order batsman made two Specsavers County Championship appearances.
48 when opening up during the curse breaking win at Guildford, including a punched six through the leg side, was the undoubted highlight.
He also played in the day/night meeting with Lancashire before ending the season impressively with the 2nd XI.
The Sylvester Clarke Large Rum Moment of the Year and the pick of the displays in Surrey’s Royal London One-Day Cup stand out for Jacks this year.
He made a total of 26 appearances across all formats after his senior debut on 18th May but the reactionary grab to seal a six-run win against Lancashire was, for many, the moment of the summer and a decisive moment in the title charge.
WHAT. A. MOMENT.
WHAT. A. MATCH. pic.twitter.com/LeJJzJf7uo
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) August 22, 2018
Earlier in the season, Jacks had smashed Gloucestershire for 121 from just 100 balls in the 50-over competition – reaching his first senior hundred with a six into the Kia Oval Pavilion.
The big hitting Aussie was Surrey’s second signing for the Vitality Blast campaign and ended as the team’s third highest scorer.
His 245 runs from 10 innings wasn’t enough to take Surrey beyond the group stage but his 70 in the loss to Glamorgan was the kind of effort that is imprinted on the memories of all who see it.
One Specsavers County Championship appearance and two in the Royal London One-Day Cup in a disrupted season for the Surrey stalwart.
He toiled in that early draw with Worcestershire before featuring against Somerset and Hampshire in the 50 over competition.
Injury then curtailed his progress and the form of the bowling attack upon his return to fitness meant 2nd XI cricket, of which the standout was eight wickets in eight overs on a T20 double header day against Glamorgan.
The 20-year-old seamer played against Worcestershire and Yorkshire before a side injury left him sidelined in the middle of the season.
His return in the final month of the season however has left Surrey fans and members with a glimpse of the bowler that McKerr can become.
Using his natural height and power to bowl with pace and bounce, he took 12 wickets in three matches in the final month including match figures of 7/57 against Nottinghamshire.