County Championship: Will Jacks' maiden century puts Surrey on top against Kent

Will Jacks
Will Jacks faced 194 balls and hit 20 fours in making 120
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Beckenham (day one):
Surrey 420-9: Jacks 120, Borthwick 95, Clarke 87*; Mulder 4-103
Kent: Yet to bat
Surrey 5 pts, Kent 3 pts

Will Jacks' maiden first-class century helped Surrey take control on day one against Kent at Beckenham.

Jacks made 120 batting at seven, sharing in a sixth-wicket stand of 175 with Scott Borthwick as Surrey recovered from a top-order collapse.

Borthwick fell five short of a ton but he helped 20-year-old Jacks take their side from 65-5 to 240-6, further aided by Rikki Clarke's 87 not out.

South Africa paceman Wiaan Mulder took four wickets on his Kent debut.

Mulder had Jacks caught behind by Ollie Robinson to end a partnership of 74 with veteran Clarke, who reached stumps just 13 short of three figures.

Mulder's first major contribution in a Kent shirt was to run out opener Mark Stoneman for 19 before captain Rory Burns and Dean Elgar were both caught behind off Harry Podmore and Matt Milnes respectively to leave Surrey 45-3.

When England duo Ben Foakes (5) and Sam Curran (4) became Mulder's first two victims for Kent, Surrey looked in trouble but Borthwick combined with Jacks to stage an impressive fightback.

Surrey centurion Will Jacks:

"Scoring a Championship hundred was something I really wanted to tick off this season. It was really pleasing to achieve that, even more so for us to get through until stumps with 400 on the board having been five down after the opening hour.

"Really happy for myself, 'Badger' Borthwick and Rikki Clarke too. I hope we can now take that momentum into the next couple of days.

"I just had to get through that first period before lunch and after that it got a bit easier as their bowlers tired. I just took it over by over with the hope we could bat as deep as possible.

"Every time you go out to bat against a new ball it's going to nip around. You know that's a given. Sometimes you play and miss, other times you nick it. That's cricket, so I had my little bit of luck."

Kent debutant Wiaan Mulder:

"We had them five down early on but we didn't bowl as well in the last two sessions.

"I bowled too many bad balls later in the day but that's something I can learn from.

"The ball nipped around to start off and then the older it got it started to swing, which was something I'm really not used to back at home.

"It's a pretty decent pitch, so I'm hoping there are plenty of runs left in it for me and the rest of the Kent guys."

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