DENTON cricketer Jordan Williams has gone to the next level by helping England reach a world final.The Denton West ace lined up for England’s physical disability side, facing sides from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
And the right arm medium bowler certainly did himself proud as the team reached the final of the World Series at Worcestershire’s New Road ground.
However, it was certainly a hectic time getting to the final.
“We played our final group game, which we had to win, on the Sunday then we played the semi-final against Afghanistan on the Tuesday morning and the final on the Tuesday afternoon,” said Jordan about the T20 tournament in August.
“But we knew that if we didn’t win the group, we’d have a schedule like that. So it was really our own doing.
“However, we were in the final pretty much all the way but we fell 36 runs short to India, who were the best team.
“However, they have many, many more players to pick from. I think there’s only something like 40 who qualify in the whole of England.”Jordan, 27, qualifies as he is missing a fibula bone in his leg and has a fused ankle after being born 16 weeks prematurely along with twin brother Jamie, who is wicket keeper for Flowery Field CC.
He opens the bowling and bats at seven or eight for his country, whose squad he has been part of since 2014. He has to undergo tests with England and Wales Cricket Board doctors every year to make sure he is eligible.
He cites his father Nigel, who also played for Denton West, as the inspiration behind him taking up the sport, despite his disability, which he says he just manages and gets on with the action.
“It’s actually called missing fibula hemilla,” he added. “It’s something I’ve had since birth as we were born early. My brother is fine – I think it’s a case of him kicking too early!
“I’ve just coped with it all my life and got through it. Obviously it makes everything harder but playing for England has been great, even if it meant I had to miss some games because of England matches.”
As well as playing for England, Jordan has the small matter of West’s thrilling end to their Greater Manchester Cricket League division 1A campaign to contend with.
The match at Austerlands on Saturday, September 14 could see them lift the title, making it a double for Denton after Denton St Lawrence won the premier league.Jordan, who lives on Hyde Road, actually moved from one to the other for this season but is far from bitter at his old side’s success.
“It’s been a big end to the season,” Jordan said. “The top two go up from division 1A and it would be great to get into the premier league.
“But I’ve a few good mates at St Lawrence and it’s been great to see them do well – and they’ve done really well winning the league.”