Promotion mathematically impossible for Gloucestershire after draw against Lancashire, who seal Division Two title
WATCHING Lancashire lift the County Championship Division Two trophy at the County Ground in Bristol can inspire Gloucestershire to promotion next season, according to captain Michael Klinger.
A rain-affected draw between the sides was enough for Lancashire to clinch the title with one game to spare and made it mathematically impossible for Gloucestershire to catch Northants for the second promotion spot.
However, the county have made huge strides forward since finishing bottom of the pile last year and Klinger believes they could follow in Lancashire’s footsteps during his second season in charge.
“It would be nice to think it will be us celebrating this time next season,” said Klinger, who has now returned to Australia.
“Lancashire have shown all season that they are a quality side and we can certainly look to learn from the way they operate.
“We have a lot to work on, but our batting unit has performed well and we know we have some improving young bowlers so there is a lot to look forward to.”
Will Gidman continued his fine form towards the end of the season, taking 5-61 in Lancashire’s first innings total of 310-8 declared, where Luke Procter hit 106.
Brother Alex Gidman top-scored with 45 in Gloucestershire’s reply and they reached 209 to avoid the follow-on after a last-wicket partnership of 54 between David Payne (16) and Matt Taylor (26*), who had claimed his maiden first class wicket the day before when he had Alex Davies caught behind.
When Luis Reece was bowled by Payne just three runs short of his century in Lancashire’s second innings, they declared on 195-2 and the teams shook hands on the draw.
Gloucestershire face Yorkshire Bank 40 runners-up Glamorgan in their final Championship game of the season at Cardiff, starting on Tuesday.
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