Gloucestershire CCC captain Michael Klinger says side will continue to develop in 2014
CAPTAIN Michael Klinger insists there is more to come from his Gloucestershire side next year.
The 33-year-old will make his final appearance in his first season at the club in the County Championship clash against Division Two leaders Lancashire at Bristol, starting next Tuesday, and he is already looking forward to returning in 2014.
Klinger has made a huge impact, scoring over 1,000 runs in both first class and one-day cricket, and the young side has developed well under his leadership, with promotion still a possibility after finishing bottom last year.
Gloucestershire currently sit fourth and closed the gap on second-placed Northants to 32 points with two games remaining after their crushing win over Leicestershire at Bristol last week.
However, if they do manage to take their challenge to the final game of the season against Glamorgan, starting on Tuesday, September 24 at Cardiff, they will have to finish the job without Klinger, who is flying home to Australia two days earlier for the start of their 50-over competition, where he will be playing for West End Redbacks.
“It is unfortunate that I will have to miss the Glamorgan game, but I will be taking a lot of happy memories of the summer over here back with me and look forward to returning in April,” said Klinger.
“I always felt that whatever we achieved this season there would be more to come in my second year and nothing has altered that opinion.
“At times our inexperience has showed and we have had days where our standards have slipped below what is acceptable.
“But in a lot of games the players have shown what they are capable of and it is now a question of being more consistent in all formats.”
Will Gidman became the first Gloucestershire player since Mike Procter in 1977 to score a ton and take ten wickets in the same match when they beat Leicestershire by an innings and 138 runs.
The all-rounder, who has featured on many occasions for Thornbury in the West of England Premier League this season, took 6-15 to help skittle the visitors out for a lowly 117.
He then hit 143 with Klinger (86), Chris Dent (77), Hamish Marshall (81) and Tom Smith (50) all scoring half-centuries in Gloucestershire’s 516-9 declared.
Gidman completed the rare feat by taking 4-28 in Leicestershire’s second innings total of 261 all out. Gloucestershire handed a first class debut to left-arm seamer Matt Taylor in that match.
The 19-year-old made two Clydesdale Bank 40 appearances during the 2011 season while still at school, against Nottinghamshire and Essex, both at the Cheltenham Festival.
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