Will Jacks smashed the second century of The Hundred as Oval Invincibles chased down Southern Brave’s 138-run target with 18 balls to spare; Jacks hit eight sixes in his 108 no off 48 balls. Jason Roy bowled for a two-ball duck-his third in four innings to continue his dreadful run
Will Jacks smashed a sensational, unbeaten 108 off 48 balls as Oval Invincibles romped to a seven-wicket win over defending champs Southern Brave. Though Jason Roy’s wretched run of form continued as he returned the third duck in four innings.
Story of the match
There couldn’t have been further contrasting fortunes for the two Invincibles openers, with England international Roy clean-bowled by George Garton’s second ball and Jacks showing precisely the kind of talent that could see the 23-year-old a contender to potentially replace his teammate at the top of the order on the international stage.
Jacks hit 10 fours and eight massive sixes, including one that was struck out of the ground. While his seventh brought up his century, and his eighth-off the veritably coming ball settled a comfortable victory as the Invincibles chased down 138 with 18 balls to spare at The Kia Oval. Jack’s ton is the second of The Hundred, following off the reverse of Will Smeed’s 101 not out off 50 balls for the Birmingham Phoenix, also against the Brave, on Wednesday.
Left-arm fast bowler Reece Topley (3-24), who has enjoyed a fine summer for England, earlier starred with the ball for the Invincibles, claiming the crucial wickets of Quinton de Kock (8) Rilee Rossouw taking a shocking catch, and Alex Davies (4) after the home side won the toss and decided to field first. Marcus Stoinis (37 off 27 balls) did his stylish to rally the innings before he fell to Pakistan paceman Mohammad Hasnain (1-27).
Garton lifted the Brave’s spirits with just another ball of the Invincibles’ reply, knocking back Roy’s off stump to continue his disastrous run of form England nature has just 10 runs to show from his four innings in the event.
Performance Will Jacks
Rossouw was run out for 10 and captain Sam Billings fell for eight to James Fuller. But Jacks was creating holocaust at the other end, first racing through to 27 balls fifty. Before also bringing up his hundred in the nick of time as the winning runs were smashed into the daises.
The win was the Invincibles’ third straight after defeat in their event nature. While for the Brave it’s the contrary, having begun their title defense with palm. They have since lost three in a row.
Jacks to keep pushing for England called up the idol of the Match, Will Jacks said “That was enough amazing feeling. The most special thing was, that every time I got on strike, everyone was cheering. I could feel that expectation.”
On England hopes. There are so numerous good players out there. Obviously, Speedy scored the first hundred the other day and also I have done that tonight. “There is so important competition, which encourages you to keep working hard. Obviously, we want to play for England, so we have just got to keep pushing.”
Oval Invincibles, Sam Billings said “Tonight, that was each about one man really, was not it? Seriously special from Will Jacks.
“He has been in class touch all time. And he showed it tonight. On a good wicket, once he got in, there was no stopping him.” (On Jason Roy’s form) “It’s a horrible place to be. We have all been there. But he’s such a world-class performer, that it’ll turn. It’s just about trusting that process.” Featured Image Source