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Record-breaking figures for Chris Jordan as England secure series

Chris Jordan recorded the best-ever bowling figures by an Englishman in IT20 cricket on Friday as England thumped West Indies in St Kitts to wrap up a series win.

The seamer took 4-6, surpassing Ravi Bopara’s 4-10 against the same opposition at the Kennington Oval in 2011, as England won by 137 runs to go two-nil up in the three-match series.

England’s margin of victory was the fourth largest in terms of runs in IT20s.

After England had posted 182-6, Jordan was brought on to bowl in the fourth over of West Indies’ reply.

Having conceded just one run from his first three balls, he had Darren Bravo caught behind by Jonny Bairstow with his fourth. Jason Holder was then trapped in front for a first-ball duck with the very next ball.

The first ball of Jordan’s next over saw Nicholas Pooran edge behind and the Sussex man had four wickets four balls later when Fabian Allen was caught by Joe Root at slip. That reduced the hosts to 22-6 and it was left to  CJ’s teammates to finish the job. The West Indies were dismissed for 45 off 11.5 overs, their lowest total in IT20s and the second lowest total in the history of the format.

Jordan has been in scintillating form since arriving in the Caribbean for the T20 leg of England’s tour. He took 2-16 as well as two catches – one a stunning effort off his own bowling – during England’s four-wicket win in the first match of the series on Tuesday.

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