MICHAEL Klinger might have played his last game for Gloucestershire.
The 34-year-old Australian, out of contract at the end of the season, broke his arm in the 53-run Royal London One-Day Cup defeat at Derbyshire on Thursday and looks set to miss the rest of the campaign.
Captain Klinger suffered the injury fending off a fast delivery by Mark Footit early in Gloucestershire’s innings and had to retire hurt before going for an x-ray, which confirmed the break.
Gloucestershire had already reached the quarter-finals but were not able to gain home advantage after finishing third in Group A and will now face Kent at Canterbury in the last eight next Friday.
With Yorkshire and Essex both winning, a victory for Gloucestershire would not have been enough for them to finish in the top two anyway, but the result saw Derbyshire join them in qualifying from the group.
After being put in, Derbyshire racked up 271-6 off their 50 overs with opening batsman Billy Godleman hitting 96 and sharing a second wicket stand of 116 with captain Wayne Madsen (57).
David Payne, Craig Miles and Will Gidman took two wickets each for Gloucestershire.
The visitors’ chase got off to a disastrous start as Klinger (2) was unable to continue after being struck on the arm in the third over and then Hamish Marshall was trapped lbw by Ben Cotton without troubling the scorers.
Chris Dent struck 70 off 58 balls, including nine fours and two sixes, to keep them in contention, while Alex Gidman made 47, but Gloucestershire lost wickets regularly.
Although Jack Taylor smashed four sixes in a 36-ball 53, the tail were left with too much to do and Gloucestershire were bowled out for 218 from 39.5 overs.