Captain Klinger shines again
Skipper Michael Klinger hit his second century in as many LV= County Championship innings as Gloucestershire produced a strong batting display on day three of the rain-affected match against Hampshire at Bristol.
The Australian opener was unbeaten on 131 when bad light ended play at 5.50pm, with his side on 284 for two in reply to 274 all out. Dan Housego, Chris Dent and Alex Gidman were the other contributors with respective scores of 56, 45 and 38 not out.
The start of the day had seen Hampshire's last man James Tomlinson dismissed, which meant their captain Jimmy Adams carried his bat for the second time this summer. His 138 came off 269 balls and contained 15 fours and a six.
Thanks largely to Adams’ efforts the visitors were able to post a useful total, having been 97 for eight at one stage.
However, Klinger and Dent soon put the pitch in perspective with a fluent opening partnership.
Klinger survived a low chance to Liam Dawson at second slip off David Balcombe when on five and it proved a costly error for Hampshire.
By lunch Gloucestershire had posted 97 without loss, with Klinger having reached his half-century off 65 balls.
Dent was unbeaten on 37, but surrendered his wicket to a loose drive early in the afternoon. Adam Wheater took the catch off Tomlinson, despite having treatment earlier in the day for a bruised thumb.
The opening stand was worth 119 and Housego soon looked equally at home on the flat pitch. He and Klinger both deposited Danny Briggs over the ropes at long-on and were also severe on anything pitched short.
Klinger made productive use of the cut in moving to his century, which has come on the back of an undefeated ton against Leicestershire at Grace Road last week.
Housego lost nothing by comparison and progressed to a smooth fifty with his six off Briggs, having also struck six fours in 77 balls.
After five overs had been lost to rain following the tea interval, Housego was bowled by a full delivery from Dawson to leave Gloucestershire 228 for two.
Gidman then enjoyed himself with three straight maximums off Dawson as his side passed Hampshire's total in the evening gloom.
Gloucestershire began the morning with Richard Coughtrie keeping wicket as substitute for Cameron Herring, who was suffering from conjunctivitis.