Future bright for Jordan
Surrey seam bowling sensation Chris Jordan will be residing in Barbados until the new year safe in the knowledge that he has secured a two-year contract at the Brit Oval until the end of 2009.
Jordan, who has just turned 19, signed a two-year summer contract with Surrey at the end of the 2006 season, but the county decided to grant him a full professional contract after several impressive performances during 2007.
He has returned to where he was born and raised and has many characteristics of a typical West Indian fast bowler with a smooth athletic delivery added to a more than brisk pace which can at times reach 90 mph.
This is all good news for Surrey - and maybe England - because he is not classified as an overseas player due to an English grandmother. But the player himself is still undecided which country to represent if the chance should arise.
Owais Shah became the the fast-bowling all-rounder’s first county victim during a NatWest Pro40 match against Middlesex at Lord’s but he impressed more in the LV County Championship with 20 wickets at just 24.50 from five appearances.
During the final round of the county championship he destroyed Lancashire’s tail during the first innings with a fearsome piece of pace bowling, as Surrey claimed a win on the final day of the season to help Sussex take the title in a thrilling climax at the Brit Oval.
He finished as Surrey's third-highest wicket-taker in the championship and could claim Lancashire’s Indian star batsman VVS Laxman as a prize victim.
Jordan was named the club's young player of the year and he has seen his career explode recently after arriving at Dulwich College on the recommendation of the former Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Sussex batsman Bill Athey.