Michael Klinger confident ahead of T20 game against Somerset

Michael Klinger
Michael Klinger is in his third spell at Gloucestershire
T20 Blast Gloucestershire v Somerset
Venue: County Ground, Bristol Date: Friday, 19 June Time: 17.30 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Somerset. Live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger says he is playing some of the best T20 cricket of his career ahead of his side's derby clash with Somerset.

The pair meet on Friday in the T20 Blast at a sold out County Ground.

Klinger has scores of 126 not out, 69 not out, 104 not out, 104 not out and 10 from five T20 matches this season.

"It is up there, in a two-week period it's been a decent run and hopefully I can keep it going in the seven games left," Klinger told BBC Points West.

"It's been a good few weeks, I've personally been able to get some runs and some hundreds to help the team get over the line in a few games.

"You try and help the team get a good start and to win games it's turned out a couple of times I've been able to get hundreds so it's been good fun."

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Michael Klinger relishing Friday's T20 Blast derby

Klinger, who is the leading 2015 T20 Blast run-scorer with 413 runs, said his experience of playing cricket in Australia and India had helped in what is third spell at the county.

"The key in the Big Bash is playing in front of large crowds and playing in the IPL in front of 50,000 crazy fans helps in a tournament like this," the Australian added.

And with 8,000 people expected on Friday night he is relishing the clash against their local rivals as they look to make finals day. Gloucestershire currently top a tight South Group with four wins out of seven.

"We are certainly confident, our first step is to make the finals, but that is a long way off," Klinger said. "We have seven games to go so we have to make sure we bring our A-game, starting on Friday.

"I've been lucky enough to play a couple of these games and the fans have been great. We've got a sell out, it's high pressure on and off the field so it should be great. We have to make sure we are up for it and no doubt we will be."

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