Klinger has game-plan to counter Cidermen
Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger believes his team are capable of further undermining Somerset's season in the YB40 match at Taunton tomorrow.
Somerset have missed out on the Friends Life Twenty20 finals day for the first time in four years and are battling at the wrong end of the LV= County Championship Division One, having won just once in the competition all season.
The YB40 format offers a very real chance of glory, with Somerset leading Group C on run rate over Gloucestershire, who visit Taunton tomorrow for this key encounter.
Gloucestershire have a game in hand over the Cidermen, with their three remaining fixtures against the counties immediately below them: Glamorgan, Middlesex and Leicestershire.
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Klinger said: "Somerset have had the edge over us in Twenty20 cricket, but the YB40 is a very different game.
"Since losing our first game to Leicestershire, we have been unbeaten and gone from strength to strength.
"We have played some of our best cricket in this competition and the guys will go into a busy week full of confidence.
"It has been a while since we have played a 40-over game, but if we apply our white ball skills and adhere to our game-plan as we have in earlier games, we can put up a good performance."
Gloucestershire's preparations will include devising a plan to counteract Somerset opener Craig Kieswetter, whose match-winning half centuries in recent Twenty20 games at Taunton and Bristol ruined Gloucestershire's chances of making the quarter-finals in that competition.
"He is in great form and is an obvious danger," conceded Klinger. "He took the game away from us at Bristol recently and we will need to have a strategy for getting him out.
"That is something we will look at before the weekend. But 40-over cricket is an altogether different game and I would expect Kieswetter's approach to be slightly different."
Surrey captain Gareth Batty will miss the Friends Life Twenty20 finals day after he was banned for two games.
Batty clashed with Somerset's Peter Trego during Tuesday's quarter-final in an incident labelled as "appalling" by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The 35-year-old clashed with Trego after he dismissed the Somerset right-hander as Surrey earned their finals day place with a three-wicket win.