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Will Jacks’ Century: Boundary By Boundary

Published: 24th May, 2018

Will Jacks’ match-winning 121 against Gloucestershire was memorable for the range of shots exhibited just as much the sheer number of runs amassed.

The 19-year-old’s powerful century came in just his third List A match for Surrey but what were the shots that took him there?

First four – Through the covers

A brutal start from the 19-year-old who had watched Jason Roy fall without scoring in the first over of the chase.

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Second four – Off his legs

Jacks had hit five fours in his quickfire 28 at Hampshire on Monday and looked in similar form early on here.

Third four – Down the ground

After one on the off side and one on the leg, Jacks sent one straight back past the bowler to complete the triumvirate of classical boundaries.

Fourth four – Cover drive

Timing and power in equal parts meant even a packed off-side field had no answer to this cover drive.

Fifth four – Flamboyant flick

The dismissive leg side flick is a shot often reserved for batsman with a real streak of flair in their game, which means it suits Jacks well.

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Sixth four – Behind point

This one was maybe slightly uppish but there was no danger of finding a fielder as it flashed off Jacks’ bat.

Seventh four – Pulled with power

Jacks was well on top of the bowlers at this point and he got on top of this particular delivery brilliantly.

Eighth four – Same again…

Having sent Taylor to the rope from a short ball earlier in the over, Jacks wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to do it again.

Ninth four – Worked away

He saw the gap and found it with a shot through the leg side that couldn’t have been timed better.

Tenth four – A fine glance

Having reached his maiden half-century for Surrey, Jacks settled himself down by dismissing one down to fine leg.

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Eleventh four – Back and across

He didn’t get to face much spin but this cut shows just how comfortable he was early into Tom Smith’s spell.

Twelfth four – Down to third man

Benny Howell had stemmed the flow of boundaries slightly which forced Jacks to find yet another way to beat the field.

First six – Dancing down the wicket

Having had his early sighters of the slow left arm bowling, our opener’s first six came with fancy footwork and a huge swat over long on.

Second six – Another one

His feet moved so quickly to the pitch of this one that the camera struggled to pick it up.

Third six – The three figure moment

It was heart-in-mouth for a few seconds as long on made a diving attempt for the catch but instead came the century that Jacks won’t forget in a hurry.

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Thirteenth four – Back to it

After the cheers from all around the ground, Jacks calmed himself down with a shot off his legs as the Surrey chase continued.

Fourth six – Biggest of the lot

No need for anyone to move for this one. Liddle put it in the slot outside off and Jacks responded by sending it deep into the Peter May Stand.

Fourteenth four – That’s all, folks!

A thump straight down the ground proved to be his last boundary of a special innings that had sent Gloucestershire to all parts of the Kia Oval.

Surrey are next in action in the Royal London One-Day Cup against Essex on Sunday. We will have regular updates on Twitter at @surreycricket and a report on kiaoval.com.

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