Cricket column by Gloucestershire CCC president John Light
WEATHER permitting, there is cricket going on at Bristol where Lancashire are the visitors.
They have just gained promotion and hopefully will take their foot off the pedal. It is captain Klinger’s last match of the season as he is returning home because of his South Australian duties.
He has been a huge success on and off the field, scoring heavily at the top of the order in all forms of the game. In addition, he has been just the captain the county needed. With the players he has been both firm and fair. He does not hide, tells it as it is and, under his leadership, Gloucestershire have risen at least five places in the championship table.
It is likely that despite an expensively-assembled side Surrey will be relegated to join us in division two. Two heads have already rolled at the Oval this season. More may follow.
Their current position is not keeping me awake at nights. They need to go back to basics and address such matters as team spirit and a youth policy. There are enough good people at The Oval to do this, if they are given the chance.
Good luck also to Eve Alder ad Jono Jamieson-Black of Cirencester CC. My spies are everywhere and one tells me they have been under the eye of the England Talent Testing Programme at Loughborough. Undoubtedly, a case of watch this space.
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