Source | The National Mar 21, 2019
After becoming the first player to score a century in a recorded T10 match, Will Jacks said he did not even think about the milestone until he was on 98 not out, “because it all happened quite quickly”.
The 20-year-old batsman reached three figures in 25 balls for Surrey against Lancashire in the first match of a four-team T10 tournament at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Included in his deluge of sixes were six in one over off the bowling of Stephen Parry, the Lancashire left-arm spinner.
Jacks went to his ton off the last ball of the sixth over, at such a hasty strike-rate he might be forgiven for losing track himself.
“Not at all,” Jacks said when asked if he had thought reaching three figures in a 10 over match had been possible before.
“We hadn’t really thought about it, but Jade [Dernbach, the Surrey bowler] has played in the T10 League, so he has seen it, and we were chatting saying 120 to 130 was an average score.
“I went out to try and have fun, really, that was it, and didn’t think about the hundred until I was on 98, because it all happened quite quickly.
“It is something completely new, and I just thought I’d go out and have some fun, really. And it was good fun.”
Jacks said he did start to think about the perfect over once he had hit Parry for four sixes in a row.
Parry had bowled a wide off the first ball, meaning his over went for 37 in all – which is the second time that has happened in the UAE this season, after Hazratullah Zazai’s blitz in the Afghanistan Premier League in Sharjah.
“After the fourth sixth, I was thinking I had a real chance here,” Jacks said.
“Then the fifth one just snuck over, and I gave it everything on the last one, and that snuck over as well.”
Surrey ended up posting 176-3 from their 10 overs, and bowled Lancashire out for 81, as they won by 95 runs.
In the other match that was running at the same time on the neighbouring field, UAE beat an Abu Dhabi T10 select XI.