County Championship: Klinger leads Gloucestershire charge
Last Updated: 20/07/13 4:05pm
Michael Klinger hit a brisk 92 as Gloucestershire powered their way to victory over Worcestershire at the College Ground
Michael Klinger hit a fluent 92 to see Gloucestershire to a six-wicket victory over Worcestershire in their Division Two County Championship clash at Cheltenham.
The Gloucestershire captain struck 14 fours and two sixes during his 131-ball innings as the hosts reached their target of 194 during the afternoon session on the final day.
An opening partnership of 95 between Klinger and Chris Dent, who made 45, laid the foundations for success as Gloucestershire leapfrogged the visitors into fourth.
Earlier, Joe Leach added 11 runs to his overnight 103 as Worcestershire went from 296-8 to 337 all out with left-arm spinner Tom Smith, on loan at Gloucestershire from Middlesex, recording career-best figures of 4-91.
Smith became the first man to dismiss Leach in the match when the 22-year-old charged down the pitch and skied a cover drive which was subsequently collected by Miles Hammond. It was, however, a career-best 114 for Leach, who ended the first innings unbeaten on 82.
No 11 Alan Richardson made a statement with three successive boundaries off the bowling of Craig Miles before Graeme Cessford edged to Klinger at slip to give Smith his fourth wicket and close the Worcestershire innings.
Klinger and Dent made a swift start as Gloucestershire passed 50 in the 12th over before going to lunch with the total already 77.
Following the restart Klinger raced to a 79-ball half-century with eight fours and a pulled six on his way.
Off-spinner Moeen Ali claimed two quick wickets with Dent trapped lbw before Gareth Roderick was bowled but the Gloucestershire victory was never in serious doubt.
Alex Gidman joined Klinger at the crease and added a rapid-fire 25 before he was adjudged lbw off the bowling of Cessford.
Hamish Marshall joined Klinger, who looked in fine form against his former county, as the winning line drew ever closer.
The 32-year-old Australian hit a straight six and three successive fours before he was bowled by Cessford for 92, leaving Benny Howell and Marshall to see the side home.