Gloucestershire News

Klinger and Bancroft shine for Western Australia

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Michael Klinger of the Warriors celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss Sam Harper of the Bushrangers  during the JLT One Day Cup match between Victoria and Western Australia at WACA on October 1, 2017 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Western Australia have all but booked themselves a spot in the finals of the JLT One-Day Cup thanks to Gloucestershire duo Michael Klinger and Cameron Bancroft, after claiming an 11-run victory over Queensland at the Drummoyne Oval.

Gloucestershire one-day captain Michael Klinger smashed 128 off 120 deliveries in a brilliant knock that included nine fours and four maximums.

Cameron Bancroft joined in on the fun, crunching an impressive 73 off just 47 balls. WA’s total of 301-3 from 41 overs was slightly adjusted to a target of 304 for a Queensland victory under the Duckworth Lewis Stern formula.

A stunning start in the second innings from WA’s Matt Kelly saw Queensland batsman Joe Burns out for a duck on the second ball, while Kelly continued to punish the home-side, finishing with 4-25.

But a whirlwind 122 off 81 balls from Bulls all-rounder Michael Neser late in the day almost resulted in an unlikely comeback, with Neser and Bulls skipper Usman Khawaja (81 off 78) having led the Bulls’ revival from 5-63.

Neser had taken the game to the final over, earning him the Player of the Match, before being run-out with four balls to play.

Western Australia next takes on South Australia on Sunday 15 October at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney.




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