One-Day Cup: Klinger leads Gloucestershire to victory

By Nabil HassanBBC Sport
Michael Klinger
Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger averages 48.49 in one-day cricket
Royal London One-Day Cup, Bristol
Hampshire 217-7 (34 overs): Adams 97, Smith 50; Fuller 2-39
Gloucestershire 218-6 (33 overs): Klinger 87, Jones 39 not out; Arafat 3-56
Gloucestershire won by four wickets

Gloucestershire sealed a place in the semi-final of the One-Day Cup after winning a thrilling rain-reduced match against Hampshire in Bristol.

Set a target of 218 off 34 overs, Jack Taylor's 34 off 17 balls and Geraint Jones's unbeaten 39 saw them to 218-6 with an over to spare.

Michael Klinger, dropped on nought, was the pick of the batsman with a fine 87.

Earlier, Hampshire's Jimmy Adams was run out for 97 and Will Smith hit 50 off 25 balls in the visitors' 217-7.

Jimmy Adams
Jimmy Adams walks off dejected after being run out for 97

After four inspections because of overnight rain, play finally got under way at 13:45 BST - a delay of more than three hours.

Having been asked to bat, Hampshire slumped to 1-2 with Michael Carberry dismissed for a three-ball duck while Adam Wheater joined him in the pavilion shortly after.

As the early-morning gloom was replaced by mid-afternoon sunshine, Hampshire's batting improved, led by Adams - who was celebrating his 100th List-A appearance for the south coast side.

But his 99-ball innings, which included six fours and two sixes, came to an end three runs short of a deserved century when he was run out by James Fuller while attempting to come back for a second.

In the chase, Gloucestershire were thankful for a dropped catch from Adams with Klinger yet to score, but at the halfway stage of their innings they were 81-3 with Chris Dent, Gareth Roderick and Hamish Marshall the men to fall.

Klinger looked to be taking the hosts to victory as he upped the run-rate, but was eventually caught by Adams to leave Gloucestershire 163-5 - still needing 55 off 33 balls.

However, two big overs of 19 and 17 runs gave Gloucestershire hope before Taylor gave his wicket away with 11 required.

But Jones smashed a six to take his side to victory, with Gloucestershire now facing an away trip to either Yorkshire or Essex.

Michael Carberry
Michael Carberry was dismissed for nought by James Fuller
Geraint Jones
Geraint Jones sealed the victory with a six

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