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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Ex-Cleator ace Jordan Clark aiming to break into Lancashire first team

Former Cleator cricketer Jordan Clark has spoken of his determination to force his way into Lancashire’s first XI this coming season.

The 21-year-old signed a professional contract with the leading county side back in October after having impressed in their academy side.

He had chances to shine last year after some good performances in the second team, included three centuries.

Jordan, who learned his trade at Cleator CC along with brothers Graham and Darren and father Ian, featured heavily in Lancashire’s Twenty20 group games last year.

He played nine times scoring 127 runs at an average of 21.16 and taking four catches.

He also featured in the latter stages of the CB40 competition as he began to make his mark.

His determination to succeed has been highlighted by the fact he turned down an offer of playing first class cricket in Zimbabwe over the winter to continue his training in the Old Trafford indoor school.

He has been working hard with coach Peter Moores in the hope that he can be part of the side that takes to field to defend the county title in 2012.

“Last year went so well for me, which I put down to pre-season, so I thought I’d do it again.

“It was a month or two month’s worth in Zimbabwe but I felt that I’d benefit more by being here and being involved with the team spirit of our staff,” said Clark.

“It was a massive thrill to see the lads win the Championship.

“It took a while for me to appreciate how much it means to the club and the lads.

“I just wish I had been a part of the four-day stuff.

“It’s everyone’s dream to play four-day cricket.

“I’m in the first year of my contract, but my aim is to play four-day cricket this year as well as more one-dayers and Twenty20s.”

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