Published: 9th January, 2018
Surrey all-rounder Will Jacks has got his final preparations for the U19 World Cup off to an ideal start, hitting an unbeaten century in England’s first warm up match against Ireland.
The Chertsey teenager came to the crease in Christchurch, New Zealand with England 49/2 at the end of the eighth over and dominated the Irish bowling attack.
He added 179 alongside the England captain Harry Brook, who retired when he reached his hundred, before collaborating with Durham’s Liam Banks (33) to put on another 46 before reaching his own three figure score (off 91 balls) and voluntarily returning to the dressing room.
Jacks’ total came with seven boundaries and four sixes as England smashed 372/8 from their 50 overs before dismissing Ireland for 247, with Jacks taking 1/54 from eight overs with his off spin, as well as taking two catches.
England will now travel to Lincoln for their final warm up game against Sri Lanka on Thursday before the tournament starts on Monday January 15th with group games against Namibia, Bangladesh and Canada, all of which will be played in Queenstown.