Yorkshire v Gloucestershire, YB40 Group C, Headingley

Klinger 96 keeps Gloucs top

June 2, 2013

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Gloucestershire 243 for 5 (Klinger 96, Roderick 63) beat Yorkshire 240 for 6 (Jaques 70) by five wickets
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Michael Klinger led his side home with 52 not out, Unicorns v Gloucestershire, Yorkshire Bank 40, Group C, Wormsley, May, 6, 2013
Michael Klinger fell four runs short of a century © Getty Images
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A fighting 96 at Headingley from Gloucestershire's Australian captain, Michael Klinger, condemned Yorkshire to yet another defeat in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and maintained his own side's place at the top of the table.

Once again, Yorkshire's depleted one-day attack was unable to put their opponents under sufficient pressure as they chased a 241 target which they achieved with five wickets and 11 balls to spare.

With Tim Bresnan playing for England, Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks injured and Ryan Sidebottom and Steven Patterson rested, teenage seamer Ben Coad was given a first-team debut and he deservedly picked up the important wicket of Hamish Marshall.

Marshall and Klinger shared an opening stand of 74 in 12 overs, Marshall setting the tone by driving Moin Ashraf over long-off for six. Coad gave away only one run in a tight first over and he went on to dismiss Marshall for 44, thanks to a great diving catch at short fine leg by Iain Wardlaw.

But Klinger then found a more than capable partner in wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick, who came to the crease in place of Chris Dent who had left the field with a side injury during the Yorkshire innings.

Gary Ballance just failed to hold on to a stinging chance at short cover from Klinger before the batsman drove Richard Pyrah for sixes either side of completing his 50 from 57 balls. Roderick also cleared the rope against Adil Rashid on his way to his own half-century from 55 deliveries.

The stand had galloped on to 119 in 19 overs when Roderick tried to steer Wardlaw over the slip area and was caught behind for 63 from 66 balls with four fours and a six.

Alex Gidman had his middle stump knocked back by Pyrah, who also had Benny Howell driving a high catch to Coad at mid-on, and Klinger robbed himself of a century by driving Ashraf to Ballance at mid-off, his 96 coming off 98 deliveries with six fours and three sixes.

That left Gloucestershire on 226 for 5 in the 37th over but they were still very much in charge and Ian Cockbain and James Fuller saw them safely home.

Yorkshire had reason to feel disappointed with their score of 240 for 6 after winning the toss on a good batting pitch as too many batsmen got out to poor shots when looking well set. The backbone to the innings was provided by Phil Jaques, who survived a difficult chance to Gidman at slip before he had scored and went on to make 70 off 86 balls with seven boundaries.

Rashid contributed an unbeaten 43 from 30 deliveries and has not been dismissed in any of his last four innings in all competitions, boasting an average of 254.50 in the County Championship and 81.50 in the YB40.

The experiment of Pyrah opening the innings with skipper Andrew Gale failed once again, Pyrah tamely driving Graeme McCarter low to Howell at cover in the second over to leave Pyrah with only 29 runs from five knocks.

Gidman put down Jaques as he dived to his right and there was another fortunate moment for Jaques when he top-edged Fuller just out of 17-year-old debutant Miles Hammonds' reach at midwicket. Gale added 52 with Jaques but after striking 26 off 28 balls, he attempted an ungainly pull outside off-stump and presented Gidman with an easy catch at midwicket.

Ballance joined Jaques in a third-wicket partnership of 63, the highest of the innings, though Ballance survived a two-handed slip chance to Marshall and then a fierce on-drive to Gidman. Offspinner Hammond bowled much better than his final figures of 1 for 50 would suggest, his sole victim being Ballance when he holed out to Dent at deep backward square leg.

Jaques completed his half-century off 66 deliveries with five boundaries while Adam Lyth advanced to 30 with some stylish shots until he went back to cut at Gidman and was bowled.

Yorkshire were 164 for 4 in 30 overs and next to go was Jaques, who moved well outside off-stump in a bid to paddle Gidman and was bowled. Andy Hodd drove at David Payne and was caught at slip by Klinger and it took an unbroken stand of 52 in seven overs between Rashid and Will Rhodes to give the score a reasonable look.

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Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 3, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

@Jonsey2 You wish. In the County Championship, Chris Rogers has the eighth highest run aggregate in the country, more than 300 behind Joe Root and no other Australian is in the top 30. An in bowling, Trent Copeland is 7th highest wicket taker and no other Australians in the top 30. Strange domination! :-)

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 3, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

@EastGlos This is not a terribly intelligent competition format, is it? The bottom two teams in the group are out of it completely and the teams on two defeats (Middlesex and Glamorgan) both know that a third is curtains and will make the rest of their games dead rubbers. In fact, with only one team and the best second qualifying, even two defeats makes qualification tough.

I can't imagine that the crowds are very big, especially for the dead games. Surely having 8 teams qualifying, with Quarter Finals and Semis would lead to more interest?

Still, it was a good win and now we need to win the next two too to set us up for a shot at qualification.

Posted by jonesy2 on (June 3, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

aussies continuing to dominate county cricket. nothing new here.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 2, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

Nope not a clue either@EastGlos. I suppose Sidebottom's workload needs managing with his age but I believe primarily Yorkshire, like England, have no interest in the one day stuff

Posted by EastGlos on (June 2, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

Cheers chrisharrislovers. That I suppose is the problem with this competition, too many sides virtually out of it after a few games. Good luck in Div 1.

Posted by chrisharrislovers on (June 2, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

EastGlos - as a Yorks fan who went today. Gloucs won comfortably. Yorks lost wickets just as they were building momentum and Marshall and Klinger got Gloucs above the rate and never looked in trouble. In answer to your question 4 day game on Wednesday combined with the fact we were basically out of the 40 over comp already - a comp we never do well in and try and give the kids a game.

Posted by EastGlos on (June 2, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Sounds like a reasonably comfortable victory. Wish I had gone rather than watch Kiwis beat England. I hope Dent's injury isn't serious. Any why, Yorkshire fans, do you rest Sidebottom and Patterson?

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