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Dan Jordan

Dan Jordan has proved to be the club’s finest acquisition since they swapped the delights of Lothair Road for the O.C.G. The man from the land of the longwhite cloud has proved to be a huge addition, regularly cutting swathes through opposing line-ups with the ball and then piling on the runs with the bat.

Jordan’s ability to bowl sustained spells of hostile pace bowling has proved a priceless commodity in the Saracens League. He was quite adamant that he could not bowl when he first arrived, he has since shown this to be a massive understatement. In contrast to the puffing and wheezing of some of his older teammates, Jordan has continued to run in hard and cause all sorts of problems for batsmen, regularly bowling at the same velocity in his 13th over as in his first.

Jordan's bowling and fielding may be of a high standard but his batting is certainly his strongest suit. Arguably the most talented strokeplayer to wear the two lions since Keith Towndrow was in his prime, Jordan manages to combine talent and ability without Towndrow’s apparently psychopathic urge to get out having reached 20. He has played some brutal innings thus far, including a mighty scoreboard-smashing effort at Wardown Park, a blow that conjured up memories of Chris Cairns in his prime, as he sent Hexton crashing to defeat. Jordan has yet to register a really big score for the club but you sense that it’s just around the corner as one suspects the targets set have been to small to allow him to really open his shoulders so far. The status as the club’s leading all-rounder is hardly in serious doubt even though Phil Gourd might claim otherwise.

It remains to be seen how long Jordan can sustain his form before he’s dragged down to everyone else's level.