Jacks rolls the dice for Surrey

October 1, Kia Oval, London

Surrey 169-2 (Amla 73, Roy 56, Jacks 23*, Qayyum 2-34)

Kent Sptifires 113-7 (Leaning 34, Billings 18, Jacks 4-15)

Surrey won by 56 runs

Toss: Kent, who chose to bat

Officials: Nicholas Cook, Martin Saggers, Philip Whitticase

Jacks-pot! Will Jacks starred with both bat and ball as Surrey eased their way into Finals Day with a comfortable victory over old rivals Kent

WILL JACKS reckons Gareth Batty’s mentoring helped him become Kent’s surprise tormentor after spinning a web around Kent’s high-profile top order to fire Surrey into the t20 Blast semi-finals.

The versatile 21-year-old dismissed all of Kent’s top four batsmen – including England aces Zak Crawley, Joe Denly and Sam Billings – in a career-best spell of 4-15 to propel Surrey to an emphatic 56-run victory.

Jacks’ spell reduced the visitors to 51-4 in their pursuit of 170 – and they were eventually restricted to 113-7 after Hashim Amla (73no and Jason Roy (56) had starred for Surrey to take them to an imposing 169-2.

Jacks’ role with the ball is usually a containing one but he says Batty, a man with 147 T20 victims, helped him transform low economy rates into a viable wicket-taking threat.

“He’s huge – it can’t be understated how important he is for this club,” he said. “For me and Dan [Moriarty] as young spinners, he is so important.

“We worked in a partnership and I was the one lucky enough to get the wickets, and to have Batts come on late in the game and seal the deal, there are not many better people to do that.

“Kent’s top four batsmen are incredibly talented and we knew they would be the key wickets, so to get one, let alone four, is unbelievable.”

Amla and Roy set the tone for the hosts as the experienced international pair put on a partnership of 114 inside 13 overs.

Roy was eventually dismissed by Imran Qayyum (2-34) but a late cameo from Jacks (23no) helped Surrey reach 169-2.

Jack Leaning (34) offered some resistance for Kent in the run chase but the damage was already done by Jacks, who had Bell-Drummond – the competition’s leading run-scorer – Crawley and Denly all caught cheaply before castling the in-form Billings for 18.

Moriarty, Reece Topley and Batty took a wicket apiece but it was all about Jacks as he steered his side to Finals Day in style.

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