Jordan Clark, a powerful striker and useful seam bowler, left Lancashire for Surrey at the end of the 2018 season. Clark had taken 150 wickets and scored over 5,000 runs in all formats since making his debut for Lancashire in 2010, but Surrey saw untapped potential as well as a ready-made replacement for their veteran allrounder Rikki Clarke.
Clark had displayed the potential to become a crowd favourite at Old Trafford, especially in the limited-overs formats, without ever quite pinning down that reputation. A product of Sedbergh School, he hails from Cumbria and his younger brother Graham has chosen another well-trodden route from that county by joining Durham.
In April 2013, he became the first English professional cricketer to hit six sixes in an over in a match of some repute when he did it during a Second XI Roses clash against Yorkshire at Scarborough. His victim was Gurman Randhawa, a left-arm spinner, who was regularly deposited over midwicket. There was barely a spectator to witness it, but he could claim a link with those who had pulled it off in more demanding circumstances: Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs. He had almost achieved a maximum a few months earlier in grade cricket in Australia when he hit the first five balls of an over for six.
Clark joined Lancashire’s Academy in 2008 as only the second entrant from Cumbria, where he attended Sedbergh School. He made his first-team debut in a 40-over match in September 2010 and his hard-hitting batting style earned him several appearances in the Twenty20 side the following season after recovering from a stress fracture in the back and signed a professional contract in October 2011.
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