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No Ord-inary day for James.

Byline: Brian Halford

WARWICKSHIRE'S rain-ruined Pro40 opener against Middlesex at Edgbaston was as forgettable as could be - but completed a day that James Ord will remember for the rest of his life.

At 12.15pm yesterday, 21-year-old Ord was happily batting away for the Bears 2nds in a 2nd XI Trophy game against Durham at Chester-leStreet CC's ground, opposite the Riverside Test arena way up north.

He was just settling in at the crease, ten not out, when Second XI coach Dougie Brown headed out to the middle from the pavilion with a message: "Get out and get on the M1. You're playing for the first team tonight."

Down in Birmingham, Ian Westwood was under the weather with a sore throat so Ord was required to bolster the batting at short notice.

He started to attack willy-nilly but couldn't get himself dismissed. When he reached 41, with time ticking by, he simply had to go and was "retired not out".

He headed for the Ordmobile, drove the 200.3 miles back to the Second City and, at 4.40pm, was in the field for the Bears as Neil Carter opened the bowling.

By now, Ord was getting a little weary but respite was at hand from the elements. At 4.42pm he returned to the pavilion, rain having stopped play after two balls.

After an hour's stoppage, cricket resumed at 5.40pm - this time for five minutes.

Ord, fielding in the ring, did at last touch the ball during this period as Middlesex advanced to ten without loss before another deluge arrived to terminal effect.

And after the match was abandoned, just as the floodlights were warming up, the youngster was straight back on the M1 (albeit as a passenger this time, the Bears hiring a driver to prevent Ord clocking up 600 miles in 24 hours) destination Durham for the start of the three-day Second XI Championship fixture today.

Quite a bow for a youngster with just one first-class appearance, for Loughborough UCCE against Hampshire at Southampton earlier this season, behind him.

On the same day - his first with the senior Bears set-up - Ord was part of one winning side (the 2nd XI won by 43 runs) and one which didn't lose (no result at Edgbaston).

Even his illustrious grandfather Jimmy, who played 273 matches and scored 11,788 runs for the Bears between 1933 and 1953 and scored 1,415 runs in the championship season of 1951, never managed that.

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Rain-hit: Edgbaston lost its battle against the weather, meaning a wasted 400-mile round trip for James Ord (below).
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Date:Jul 15, 2009
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