Cricket: Jack Russell stakes England claim

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Jack Russell underlined his eligibility for a winter trip with England to the West Indies when he hit 65 at Bristol yesterday. He steered Gloucestershire from a shaky 132 for 7 to 220, thereby setting Essex a target of 324.

It was Gloucestershire old boy John Childs who caused the most trouble, swiftly accounting for Chris Broad and Simon Hinks having already taken Gloucestershire's first wicket, that of Dean Hodgson, the night before. Courtney Walsh, Gloucestershire's captain, was dropped off Childs on three and went on to establish with Russell a seventh wicket stand of 71.