On Thursday at The Oval, in an exciting T20 Blast match between Surrey and Middlesex, England all-rounder Will Jacks displayed his incredible power-hitting skills. In the eleventh over, Jacks produced a fantastic turnaround by smashing Middlesex’s Luke Hollman for five consecutive sixes. However, his heroics went in vain as Middlesex’s batters produced a stunning show with the bat to pull off the second-highest run chase in T20 History.
Although, Jacks mistimed the last ball as he hit on a high full toss, falling just short of matching the record held by former South African batter Herschelle Gibbs and former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, leaving him disappointed for missing the chance to make history.
Will Jacks, who had earlier this year made his England debuts in all three formats, continued to demonstrate his hitting skills. In just 45 balls, he smashed a sparkling 96 runs, leaving the spectators in awe of his lightning-quick stroke play. Also, Laurie Evans added a quickfire 85 runs off 37 balls to Surrey’s huge score of 252/7.
Stephen Eskinazi’s stunning knock helped Middlesex to pull off a stunning chase
However, Middlesex managed to pull off the second-highest run chase in T20 cricket history by persevering and being determined in their chase. With a dominating knock of 73 runs off 39 balls, skipper Stephen Eskinazi guided the attack and set the circumstances for a thrilling conclusion. Max Holden remained unbeaten on 65 off 38 balls and led Middlesex to a thrilling victory with just four balls left.
The match was a fantastic power-hitting extravaganza that highlighted the thrill and uncertainty that T20 cricket delivers. The game kept the viewers on the edge of their seats as both teams put on spectacular batting displays.
Although Surrey had set an ambitious target, Middlesex’s excellent batting performance not only gave them the victory but also secured their place as the side with the second-highest successful run chase in T20 history.
Cricket lovers will undoubtedly remember the T20 Blast match between Surrey and Middlesex as a thrilling affair, and they’ll eagerly expect such excitement and high-scoring clashes in the future.