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England hit back in thriller

England ended a disappointing Twenty20 series on a high with a thrilling five-run victory in the final match in Barbados.

West Indies were forced to settle with a 2-1 series win, narrowly falling short in pursuit of 166 after Jade Dernbach held his nerve during a dramatic final over.

While Dernbach starred at the death with the ball, it was Chris Jordan's heroics with the bat which ultimately ensured England posted a winning total on a ground he knows well.

Barbados-born Jordan clubbed four sixes in the final over of England's innings of 165-6, finishing unbeaten on 27 from just nine balls after openers Michael Lumb (63) and Alex Hales (38) had put on 98 runs for the first wicket.

Jordan followed up his innings with three wickets and despite the efforts of Lendl Simmons (69), England held on to lift spirits ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 later this month.

After winning the toss, Lumb and Hales laid the perfect platform for England with a 98-run stand inside 11 overs for the first wicket.

Dangerous

Lumb was the aggressor, reaching his half-century in just 27 balls and ending with nine fours and two sixes before becoming the first of five wickets to fall for 32 runs.

After starting his international career with an over which cost 17, debutant left-arm pace bowler Sheldon Cottrell got his revenge - Lumb mistiming a skier into the off-side and Hales hitting him into the hands of long on.

Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler still had the perfect platform for the final seven overs but neither could not cash in, Morgan pulling Narine to deep midwicket and Buttler skying Krishmar Santokie to cover.

Thereafter, no England batsman could take charge of the situation until Jordan made sure the innings did not end in a whimper after all.

West Indies' response misfired immediately, Dwayne Smith chopping the first ball of the innings on to his stumps to preface a wicket-maiden from Dernbach.

Jordan gleefully accepted a leading edge in his follow-through to see off Charles and make it four for two, and then had the dangerous Marlon Samuels playing on as well.

A fightback followed. But Jordan, it transpired, could do little wrong and duly expanded his all-round repertoire with a stunning catch on the deep square-leg boundary, Bravo's the first of two wickets to fall in the same Ravi Bopara over.

Simmons was nonetheless in determined mood and kept the outcome in doubt with a 43-ball 50, which he completed with a deft shot off Jordan to fine-leg for his sixth four.

Jordan's final over, the penultimate of the innings, cost 16 runs but contained the wicket of Ramdin - and after he was yorked, not even Simmons or the big-hitting Darren Sammy could hurt England this time.

With 17 required for victory off Dernbach's last set of six the game looked up when Simmons was run out midway through the over with only four runs added.

But Sammy reignited hopes with a towering six, only to be outfoxed by Dernbach when it mattered most.