Denton cricketer re-selected for England’s trip to Dubai
Monday 10th October 2016 @ 11:50 by Mark Phillip
Denton & Audenshaw Sports

Denton St Lawrence cricketer Jordan Williams has been selected to represent the England Physical Disability Squad at the upcoming ICC Academy Invitational T20 tournament in Dubai.

The 24-year-old re-joins the 15 man squad which made history last year after being crowned T20 world champions in Bangladesh.

The four game series saw England, coached by Qasim Ali, compete against India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

A string of distinguished performances led England to a final encounter against Pakistan, which they subsequently won by 19 runs.

Jordan celebrating with his team mates after being crowned champions last year.

Jordan celebrating with his team mates after being crowned champions last year.

The victory proved to be a landmark occasion for everyone involved with the team, as the competition was the first multi-national PD format of its kind.

Jordan, who previously played at Denton West CC, expressed his delight upon being selected to represent England once again. He told Reporter Sport: “I’m excited and really looking forward to playing in Dubai.

“We had our last game of the summer with England in Aldershot where we took on the Army Development Squad in two T20s.

“Qas announced the squad after the game.”

The forthcoming trip won’t be the first time that Jordan has visited the most populous city in the UAE.

In fact, the right arm pace bowler made his T20 debut in the same city just over two years ago. He said: “We competed in Dubai in March 2014 against Pakistan, but unfortunately we lost the series on that occasion.

“However, we got revenge last September in Dhaka when we beat Pakistan in the final to win the World Cup.”

Upon returning from Bangladesh as champions last year, Jordan described the feeling as ‘a dream come true’.

The former Egerton Park student, who competed for Denton St Lawrence during the inaugural season of the GMCL over summer, is hoping for more of the same later this month.

Reflecting on his performances over summer, Jordan said: “It was an interesting season for me personally, as it was my first year playing at a new club in the GMCL Premier League.

“It was a good season overall which allowed me to take on new challenges.”

Looking ahead to the series, which runs from 19-25 October, Jordan said: “It was a great feeling to be crowned as champions last year, so the squad are heading to Dubai with the intention of building on that success and bringing home another trophy.”

Although the domestic cricket season finished in September, Jordan has continued with his training in order to be in the best shape possible for the forthcoming tournament.

Jordan, a Manchester City season ticket holder, was reunited with his team mates at Old Trafford earlier this month. “We had a training weekend at Old Trafford which ran from 1-2 October” he said.

“The full squad was in attendance for what will be the last time we meet until we fly out on Monday 17 October.

“Until then, we all have our own programmes to be getting on with.”