Worcestershire Rapids paceman Chris Russell is riding high in the national bowling averages for the NatWest T20 Blast.

Russell will go into tonight's home sold-out clash with Birmingham Bears occupying seventh position in the averages with 13 wickets at an average of 12.46 apiece.

He is also the joint leading wicket-taker in the competition so far alongside Somerset's veteran paceman and Twenty20 specialist Dirk Nannes.

Russell's best performance to date was 4-40 in last Friday's away win over Derbyshire Falcons which included three wickets in the final over.

He came into the Rapids side after the opening two away games with Durham Jets and Lancashire Lightning.

 

BATTING AVERAGES (up to and including June 19 2014)

 

Bopara (Essex) Matches 4, Innings 4, Not Outs 3 Runs 207, Highest Score 81, Average 207.00

Bairstow (Yorks) 4, 4, 3, 132, 60, 132.00

Muchall (Durham) 5, 5, 4, 95, 31, 95.00

Ten Doeschate (Essex) 3, 2, 1, 90, 47, 90.00

Shah (Essex) 5, 5, 3, 149, 50, 74.50

Roy (Surrey) 5, 5, 1, 285, 81, 71.25

MacLeod (Durham) 5, 5, 2, 208, 80, 69.33

Lees (Yorkshire) 3, 3, 1, 132, 61, 65.00

Foster (Essex) 6, 3, 2, 65, 32, 65.00

Allenby (Glamorgan) 6, 5, 1, 259, 96, 64.75

Boyce (Leics) 3, 2, 1, 63, 47, 63.00

Evans (Warwicks) 5, 4, 2, 118, 45, 59.00

Styris (Leics) 3, 3, 1, 117, 63, 58.50

Madsen (Derbys) 5, 5, 2, 169, 65, 56.33

Amla (Surrey) 3, 3, 1, 109, 61, 54.50

Hildreth (Som) 7, 7, 4, 159, 58, 53.00

Lyth (Yorkshire) 3, 2, 1, 53, 46, 53.00

Kieswetter (Somerset) 7, 7, 0, 358, 74, 51.14

Smith (Hants) 6, 4, 3, 51, 25, 51.00

BOWLING AVERAGES (up to and including June 19 2014)

Jones (Leics) Overs 4, Runs 34, Wickets 5, Average 6.80, Best 5-34

Patterson (Yorks) 3, 16, 2, 8.00, 2-16

Kapil (Surrey) 1, 11, 1, 11.00, 1-11

Briggs (Hants) 20, 127, 11, 11.55, 3-20

Newby (Lancs) 2, 12, 1, 12.00, 1-12

Gordon (Warks) 6, 49, 4, 12.25, 2-21

RUSSELL (WORCS) 19, 162, 13, 12.46, 4-40

Fuller (Gloucs) 12, 88, 7, 12.57, 4-32

Bollinger (Kent) 20, 156, 12, 13.00, 3-19

Masters (Kent) 8, 40, 3, 13.33, 2-17

Patel (Warks) 19, 108, 8, 13.50, 3-15

McCarter (Gloucs) 19, 140, 10, 14.00, 5-35

Carter (Notts) 18, 129, 9, 14.33, 3-31

Khan (Lancs) 24, 160, 11, 14.55, 4-12

Salisbury (Essex) 12, 89, 6, 14.83, 2-23