Jack Russell praises Notts wicketkeeper Chris Read for reaching dismissals landmark

A SHOCK defeat for struggling Codnor.

A SHOCK defeat for struggling Codnor.

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Former England wicketkeeper Jack Russell has praised the performance of Notts wicketkeeper Chris Read after he reached a landmark 1,000 first class dismissals.

The 37-year old reached the historic milestone on a day of high emotion at Trent Bridge as Nottinghamshire pulled off an astonishing 52-run victory over Durham.

He became the first wicketkeeper since Jack Russell in 1997 to reach the landmark.

Russell said:

“I’d just like to congratulate him on all that he’s achieved and urge him to keep going for as long as he can and hope there’s plenty more dismissals to come in the future.

His game has flourished over the years and he has become one of the best wicketkeepers around, add that to his exceptional batting and his captaincy and he has become a brilliant, fully rounded cricketer.”

Reflecting on his achievement Read said: “It was a big wicket, wasn’t it?

“Given that he (Collingwood) was the captain and given the run that we were on at the time, it was a big wicket, so I did chuck it a little higher than normal and the reaction of my team-mates was brilliant. They all came and gave me a big hug, which was nice.

“It was an absolutely extraordinary day’s cricket. When I woke up this morning I didn’t think I’d be stood here tonight celebrating a victory.

“I’d like to think we could havebatted really well in our second innings but in my wildest dreams to see us bowl as well as we have done and get the win is absolutely phenomenal.”