4:52pm Wednesday 14th August 2013
By Rob Iles
CAPTAIN Michael Klinger insists Gloucestershire will not settle for second best after victory over Leicestershire put them hot on Somerset’s heels in Group C of the Yorkshire Bank (YB40) competition.
They missed out on a chance to go top on their own when they were beaten by Somerset at Taunton on Sunday, but are now only behind their neighbours on run rate again having played a game less with just four points separating the top five.
Gloucestershire face Middlesex at Lord’s today (3.45pm) and Glamorgan at Bristol (1.45pm) on Sunday before their final group game against Somerset on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.
And with only the top team guaranteed a semi-final spot, Klinger is determined to avoid the lottery of finishing second.
He said: “I’m not really thinking about finishing second. I think we’ll just finish top and leave the others to worry about second place.
“Every game is tough and we still have to play Middlesex, Glamorgan and Somerset, who can all qualify themselves.
“We’ve put ourselves in with a chance and we have to make sure we front up with the same intensity and sharpness in the next game against Middlesex.”
Klinger continued his fine form as he struck an unbeaten 89 from 97 balls to lead Gloucestershire to their target of 164 with seven wickets and 68 balls to spare against Leicestershire at Bristol.
The bowlers set the platform for the victory with seamers James Fuller, Craig Miles and David Payne all taking two wickets apiece as Leicestershire were bowled out.
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