Surrey batsman Will Jacks smashed a world record 25-ball century in a 10-over practice match against fellow English county side Lancashire in Dubai on Thursday.
Surrey opener Will Jacks blasted a century off just 25 balls, including six sixes in an over, in a pre-season 10-over game against Lancashire.
6️⃣6️⃣6️⃣6️⃣6️⃣6️⃣ in an over ✅
25-ball hundred ✅
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 21, 2019
This knock by the former U-19 batsman enabled Surrey to post 176 runs on the scoreboard, which Lancashire failed to chase down by 95 runs.
It is thought to be the fastest hundred in a match with two professional sides, but will not be officially recorded. The 20-year-old smashed Lancashire’s Stephen Parry for six straight maximums in Dubai, in an over that went for 37.
Jacks finished on 105 off 30 deliveries after hitting 11 sixes and eight fours in Surrey’s winning total of 176-3. He is the first player to make a hundred in a T10 game, surpassing the 87 made by Alex Hales in December.
Will Jacks has played eight first-class matches, scoring a total of 301 runs at an average of 30.10. Will Jacks was part of the part of the England Lions squad that took on India A in Thiruvananthapuram.
Speaking to the ICC after his whirlwind knock, Jacks said: “From the first ball I just tried to play my shots.
“After the first few overs my intention was to try and hit every ball for six, and I think after four sixes I thought, ‘I could hit six sixes here’. I’d never done it before and it was nice to do that and something I will cherish.”
HIGHLIGHTS of Will Jacks Inning:
Ten-over cricket has grown in popularity over the past couple of seasons, with players including England’s Hales, Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow featuring in the T10 League over the winter.
While Jacks’ innings will not go into the official record books, it still came against a Lancashire side containing several first-team regulars, including Steven Croft, Parry, Tom Bailey and Haseeb Hameed.
West Indies great Chris Gayle holds the fastest recorded century, against non-declaration bowling, off 30 balls while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 Indian Premier League.
Had the match been given the official status, Jacks’ rapid century would have eclipsed Chris Gayle’s fastest-recorded professional hundred, achieved in 30 balls during the 2013 IPL.
South Africa’s AB de Villiers scored the quickest hundred in international cricket – making a 31-ball century against the West Indies in a one-day game in 2015.
Surrey are currently in the United Arab Emirates in preparation for their Champion County match against the MCC which starts on Sunday.