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County cricket is Russell’s new passion

sportsandrerusselldeliversOut-of-favour West Indies allrounder Andre Russell took one wicket for 12 runs and scored 15 today as Worcestershire were beaten by Glamorgan by five wickets in the latest round of matches in the Friends Life T20 Championship in England.

Batting first Worcestershire made 157 for 6 in their 20 overs with Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera top-scoring with 65 at the top of the order. Russell, who has been batting at number four for the county, was bowled by Graham Wagg after facing 11 deliveries and striking two boundaries.

In reply Glamorgan, led by half-centuries from opener Jim Allenby (50) and former Zimbabwe Test batsman Murray Goodwin (59), made 161 for 5 in 19.1 overs. Opening the attack, Russell got an early breakthrough dismissing Mark Wallace for 1.

Russell, who averages 30 from 34 ODI matches batting in the lower half of the West Indies order, and has captured 42 wickets at 31 apiece, has been surprisingly overlooked for the ongoing ODI series against Pakistan after being similarly ignored for the Tri-Nation series involving India and Sri Lanka.

Russell, with superior comparative stats to allrounders Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy, currently featuring for the West Indies, was also omitted from the West Indies team selected for the Champions Trophy in England. (WG)

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