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Chris Jordan's career-best ton lifts Sussex out of trouble

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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LONDON, England (CMC) —Barbadian all-rounder Chris Jordan hammered an exhilarating career-best third first-class hundred to rescue Sussex on the opening day of their County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire.

The 30-year-old, fresh from England duty in the just-concluded series against Pakistan, stroked 158 not out while captain Ben Brown carved out 153 not out as the visitors recovered from a precarious 68 for six in the morning session to close on 370 for six on Monday.

Joining forces with the innings in danger of total collapse at Wantage Road, the pair put on 302 — the second highest seventh-wicket partnership in the club's history and highest for the wicket in 117 years.

“I just tried to keep a free mind and tried not to look too far ahead and get the partnership going,” Jordan said following the close.

“I've been doing quite a bit of work away with England and felt good, and me and Browny complimented each other well.”

Batting at number eight, Jordan faced 212 balls in just under 4- hours at the crease and struck 24 fours, after edging the very first ball he faced between the wicketkeeper and first slip. Brown, meanwhile, faced 239 deliveries in a shade over 5- hours and counted 20 boundaries.

Sent in, Sussex innings lay in ruins on 77 for six at lunch with Brown on 21 and Jordan on five, after fast bowler Ben Sanderson (3-62) had wiped out the brunt of the visitors' batting.

But Jordan and Brown staged a remarkable fightback, plundering 151 off 35 overs in the post-lunch session before adding a further 142 in the final session.

The right-handed Jordan reached triple figures off 131 deliveries with 16 fours and went on to surpass his previous best of 147, with three sweetly-timed on-drives late in the day.

“I worked so hard all day for chance to play those on-drives at the end of the day and I'm very grateful to get a personal best,” he said.

Jordan was born in Barbados but holds a British passport and last turned out for the country in the 2011-12 West Indies domestic season. He has subsequently gone on to represent England for whom he has played eight Tests, 31 One-Day Internationals and 39 Twenty20 Internationals.

He was a member of the England squad that whitewashed West Indies in the three-match T20 series in the Caribbean in March this year.


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