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by Gloucestershire CCC & Cricket World Tuesday 19 May 2020
The shock eight-wicket win over Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley in the semi-final of the 2015 Royal London Cup will be streamed as live, with Sky Sports commentary, on Thursday.
To watch Michael Klinger’s masterly 137 not out from 145 balls, which led his side to the final at Lord’s, supporters simply need to set up a free Gloucestershire Club Account on the official website.
The entire game will be shown in the new ‘Match Centre’ feature. Head coach Richard Dawson is looking forward to reviewing the day he put one over on his former club.
“We were not given much chance by a lot of people, with the match being played at Leeds against a Yorkshire side who were the reigning county champions,” he said.
“They had players of the calibre of Adam Lyth, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan, so it was always going to be a tough game for us.
“But we had been playing some really good cricket leading up to the match, with a lot of our lads contributing, so we were quietly confident.
“It was a strange occasion for me because I had been coaching the Yorkshire players the previous summer. Now I was in my first season as Gloucestershire coach and a lot of my family were in the crowd.”
Klinger had taken advantage of a gap between the quarter-final win over Hampshire at Bristol and the semi-finals to fly home to Australia and spend time with his family.
“I remember Michael meeting up with us again at Leeds maybe 48 hours before the match,” said Dawson. “He has been batting brilliantly in the competition and was so important to us.
“We opted to bowl first on what looked an excellent batting pitch. Lyth played particularly well, but we managed to do what we did best with the ball, squeeze the game in the middle overs and apply pressure.”
Yorkshire ended up with a respectable 263 for nine from their 50 overs, Lyth contributing 93 and Benny Howell claiming three for 37.
In reply, Klinger and Chris Dent put on 56 for the first wicket in less than ten overs. But when Gareth Roderick fell with the total on 90 in the 19th over, the outcome was still in the balance.
Dawson recalled: “We then had our two senior batsmen together in Maxy (Klinger) and Hamish Marshall. They handled the occasion brilliantly with a match-winning partnership.
“What I remember most about Maxy’s innings was the way he paced it, raising the tempo at just the right moments, while also being careful when necessary.
“Marshy also played really well for his unbeaten 78 and together they took the game away from Yorkshire.
“In the end we won quite convincingly and it was another boost to the growing confidence in the side.”
Klinger hit nine fours and four sixes. Gloucestershire went on to beat Surrey by six runs in the final at Lord’s to crown Dawson’s first season in charge.
To get further details on how to watch Thursday’s stream of the 2015 Royal London Cup semi-final, go to the Gloucestershire CCC website at this link: https://www.gloscricket.co.uk/news/relive-the-2015-royal-london-cup-semi-final/