Cricket: Klinger knock compounds Tykes’ problems

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A gritty 96 from Gloucestershire’s Australian captain, Michael Klinger, condemned Yorkshire to yet another defeat in Group C of 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 at Headingley 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 deep leg slip 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.

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