Vitality Blast: Surrey’s Will Jacks crush 70 of 24 balls in Middlesex win at Lord’s | Cricket News


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Surrey’s Will Jacks hit 70 balls out of just 24 balls, including nine sixes, in a 54-point Vitality Blast win over Middlesex at Lord’s

Surrey’s Will Jacks hit 70 balls out of just 24 balls, including nine sixes, in a 54-point Vitality Blast win over Middlesex at Lord’s

Will Jacks smashed a thrilling 70 on just 24 balls and Tom Curran had a superb catch as Surrey beat Middlesex by 54 points in the Vitality Blast derby from London at Lord’s.

Jacks hammered nine sixes – including one on the roof of the Lord’s Stand – and hit 50 on just 15 balls as Surrey posted 223-6, an inning in which Jacks’ opener Jason Roy , scored 45 of 42 balls.

Paul Stirling hit 58 of 28 balls as Middlesex reached 87-0 by ninth over in the chase, but was later knocked out by Tom Curran.

Jacks hit a six on Lord's rooftop in an inning six against Middlesex

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Jacks hit a six on Lord’s rooftop in an inning six against Middlesex

Jacks hit a six on Lord’s rooftop in an inning six against Middlesex

Curran continued to produce an even better game with a superb one-handed grab in the race to sideline Stevie Eskinazi (36 of 33) and he also caught England captain Eoin Morgan (32 of 17) as Middlesex only did 169-9 in response.

Tom’s brother Sam finished with 4-29 on his four assists as he struck three times in the final of the game, including having Steve Finn play with the last ball of the game.

Surrey's Tom Curran took a superb one-handed grip to sideline Middlesex's Stevie Eskinazi in the London derby

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Surrey’s Tom Curran took a superb one-handed grip to sideline Middlesex’s Stevie Eskinazi in the London derby

Surrey’s Tom Curran took a superb one-handed grip to sideline Middlesex’s Stevie Eskinazi in the London derby

Elsewhere in the South Group, Gloucestershire beat up Glamorgan by four points with the 93 of Marnus Labuschagne not released on 56 balls come in vain for the Welsh county.

Glamorgan demanded 19 from Ryan Higgins’ final to win Gloucestershire’s 179-6 and although Labuschagne hit two fours and sixes the other three balls were point balls as the hosts finished 175-9.

Glenn Phillips hit 44 of 32 and Benny Howell 30 of 15 in the Gloucestershire kick.

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Opener Finn Allen made 73 unbeaten on 51 balls as Lancashire Lightning won two out of two victories with a 16-point victory over Leicestershire foxes.

Allen beat his team’s innings 172-8 and that total proved too high for the visitors, who finished 156-5 despite Scott Steel’s 54 not coming out.

Jos Buttler scored 22 of 16 balls for Lancashire, who started their campaign by beating Derbyshire on Wednesday.

Lancashire Roses rivals Vikings du Yorkshire also took the win with Jonny Bairstow (34) leading in goals in a six-wicket win Ours de Birmingham à Emerald Headingley.

Bairstow’s shot, along with mid-order contributions including Dawid Malan (23) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (31 points), saw Yorkshire overtake Birmingham’s 144-8 with nine balls left.

Bears had been limited by Jordan Thompson’s 3-23 after being inserted, with Sam Hain’s 59 ultimately a losing cause.

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