Bajan Jordan strokes career best

LONDON, England, CMC – Barbadian all-rounder Chris Jordan stroked a career-best half-century to rally Surrey against Essex in their County Championship game at Chelmsford here Wednesday. The 22-year-old lashed a patient 71 as the visitors, sent in to bat after losing the toss, recovered from a dodgy position of 148 for six to reach 315 all out on the opening day of the Division One contest. At the close, Essex were six without loss in the two overs available. Surrey found the going difficult early on as seamer Graham Napier (6-53) and 19-year-old left-arm quick Tymal Mills(2-39) ran through the top order with ease. Jordan then anchored two key stands, putting on 81 for the seventh wicket with Jason Roy (43) and another 69 for the eighth wicket with Stuart Meaker who hit 38. A slippery seamer who is more than handy with the bat, Jordan hit four fours in an innings requiring 172 balls and which lasted just under four hours. He eventually perished to Napier, gloving one that bounced and found wicketkeeper James Foster. At Edgbaston, veteran West Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul suffered a failure when he fell for eight as Warwickshire, winning the toss and batting, finished the first day on 235 for three against Darren Bravo’s Nottinghamshire. Opener Ian Westwood slammed an impressive unbeaten 144 to lead the hosts. At New Road, rookie West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach toiled with little reward, taking one for 89 from 22 overs as Worcestershire were kept in the field all day against Sussex. The visitors, winning the toss and batting, reached 289 for eight.
Thu, 09/08/2011 - 10:16