Will Jacks batted the highest score in Hundred history to lead Oval Invincibles to their third straight win as they defeated Southern Brave by seven wickets.
Jacks, who hit 81 in his last game against the Welsh Fire, surpassed that feat with a brutal attack on the Brave bowlers at the Oval – hammering an unbeaten 108 from 48 ball to overtake Will Smeed’s 101 for Birmingham Phoenix four days earlier.
The 23-year-old’s innings included eight sixes and ten fours as the Invincibles rolled home with 18 unused deliveries.
It meant a third straight loss for the first Hundred champion, who struggled against a tight Invincibles bowling to 137 for six — a total that was never enough to defend.
As skies began to look overcast over south London, the Invincibles opted to bowl first.
That confidence was rewarded when Reece Topley scored an early double, Quinton de Kock being caught superbly by Rilee Roussouw charging in from the border and Alex Davies playing on in the next set of left arm.
Marcus Stoinis upped the pace by beating Sam Curran in what turned out to be the only two sixes of the inning as he hit 37 from 27, but the all-rounder lost to Mohammad Hasnain’s first throw and ended up with the top in the hands of long-aus .
Skipper James Vince, who shared a 55-of-43 partnership with Stoinis, looked unusually subdued in his 15-of-22, and despite some destructive shots from Tim David (22-of-17), the Brave innings never really picked up.
Topley (three for 24) returned to catch David mistaking a straight drive, but it was Sunil Narine and Tom Curran who really choked the batters, conceding just 35 goals despite both going wicketless.
There was no relief for Jason Roy as the Invincibles began their chase — the opener’s poor form extended to a third duck in four innings when he was castled by George Garton’s second-ball inswinger.
In contrast, Jacks was in excellent shape and he first beat Michael Hogan for two tremendous sixes – one of which sailed straight out of the ground – before meeting Stoinis to a similar fate.
Roussouw had to do little more than admire from the non-forward side as the pair hung up 56 from 37 – a stand finally ended with a piece of field brilliance from David, who sliced down the stumps with a direct hit from center to left-hander drive out.
That wicket little changed the course of the game, and although Sam Billings fell midway to a fine dive catch from Vince, Jacks made up his hundred by hitting Rehan Ahmed for a six – and treated the next ball the same way Seal Sieg did.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/james-vince-reece-topley-marcus-stoinis-birmingham-phoenix-b2144972.html The brilliant Will Jack’s Century leads Oval Invincibles to a comfortable win