Jordan welcomes 'important' win

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Chris Jordan shined with bat and ball in the third Twenty20 against West Indies (AP) Chris Jordan shined with bat and ball in the third Twenty20 against West Indies (AP)

England will head to the ICC World Twenty20 with an overdue victory under their belts and renewed self-belief that they can edge a tight finish after all.

Chris Jordan was England's match-winner in the final Twenty20 match of a series already lost to West Indies at the Kensington Oval.

But after he had hit Dwayne Bravo for four sixes in the final over to push the tourists' total up to 165 for six, then taken three for 39 and held a brilliant boundary catch, it fell to Jade Dernbach to bowl the last over - with 17 needed for victory.

It proved eventful, with Lendl Simmons run out for 69, Darren Sammy then clubbing a six over square-leg and Dernbach bowling a wide with seven still required from the final ball.

He then served up a repeat, only for Sammy to twitch his bat out at the ball - to little effect - as the Windies finished on 160 for seven.

A patchy England performance therefore resulted in a first victory in six Twenty20 matches before they head to Bangladesh this weekend for the start of the global tournament.

Asked afterwards where England still need improvement after his starring role at a venue where he grew up playing on the outfield, Barbados-born Jordan said: "One was at the death and luckily Jade held his nerve.

"That was really important for us, because we've lost a few matches at the back-end of the innings.

"That is one area that we've been working on a lot."

Dernbach explained his thought processes, and how it all worked out in the end.

"We had a pretty clear plan to Sammy," the Surrey seamer told Sky Sports 2.

"Obviously he came off in the last game, but we watched some film and tried to work out where to bowl at him.

"To the guys at home, bowling so many short balls might not look like the right option but that's where we've had him in trouble. Sometimes you have to gamble and today it paid off.

"I tried hard, went away and worked hard this winter. It was important to get some cricket under my belt leading up to the World Cup and hopefully we can go and have a good campaign."

Jordan too can head east on a high, as can opener Michael Lumb after his career-best 63 in a stand of 98 with Alex Hales.

"It was a very important game for us," added all-rounder Jordan.

"As a team, we felt as though we weren't far off from peaking.

"Lumby and Halesy gave us that perfect start, which we've been looking for in the last five or six Twenty20 games.

"That set the platform, although we struggled a bit in the middle, to allow me to do what I did at the end."

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