English cricketer blasts 100 in 25 balls
Surrey’s Will Jacks warmed up for domestic summer by blasting a century off 25 balls against Lancashire, thought to be the fastest recorded hundred by an Englishman in professional cricket.
Jacks struck 11 sixes in his salvo as well as eight fours as he went on the rampage during a T10 match between sides during a triangular tournament in Dubai, that also included an ICC Academy side.
"From the first ball I just tried to play my shots" – @Wjacks9 reflects on an incredible T10 innings in Dubai which saw him reach a ton in just 2⃣5⃣ balls!
— ICC (@ICC) March 21, 2019
20-year-old, who scored 63 as England Lions drew their unofficial Test against India A in February, ended up unbeaten on 105 from 30 deliveries as Surrey ran out victors.
“People were just chatting that 120-130 was an average score so I just wanted to try and have fun, that was it,” Jacks told Surrey’s official Twitter account. “I didn’t even think about hundred until I was on 98. It all happened quite quickly!”
There have been some quickfire centuries against declaration bowling in first-class cricket, fastest coming off 27 balls – a feat achieved by both Mark Pettini for Essex against Leicestershire and Glen Chapple, for Lancashire against Glamorgan in 1993.