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Gloucestershire beat leaders Essex to go third

David Payne
David Payne took three wickets for Gloucestershire
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Gloucestershire 255 & 290 (Roderick 102) beat
Essex 333 (Lawrence 127) & 151 by 61 runs
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham

Gloucestershire wrapped up a convincing 61-run win over leaders Essex shortly after lunch on day four of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash at the Cheltenham College Ground.

Division Two table

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Essex 10 137
2 Worcestershire 10 130
3 Gloucestershire 10 126
4 Kent 10 113
5 Leicestershire 9 106
6 Sussex 8 87
7 Derbyshire 10 81
8 Northamptonshire 10 81
9 Glamorgan 8 64

Essex began the day on 16 for one, chasing a target of 213 to win, but Gloucestershire struck with the first ball of the day and never looked back.

The visitors slumped to 124 for eight at lunch and were dismissed for 151 after around 30 minutes of further play.

Nightwatchman Jamie Porter (7) edged the opening ball of the day, bowled by Liam Norwell, to keeper Gareth Roderick, who would be a busy man.

Tom Westley made 17 before being caught at slip by Kieran Noema-Barnett off Norwell and when Nick Browne was trapped in front by David Payne for 27, Essex were 52 for four with two new batsmen at the crease.

Ravi Bopara made three before he was bowled by Craig Miles, who completed a hat-trick spread across the two innings when he uprooted the experienced all-rounder's off stump.

Miles then had first innings centurion Dan Lawrence caught by Michael Klinger for 14 and Ryan ten Doeschate caught by Roderick for 25 to leave Essex at 97 for seven.

They passed three figures but in the over before lunch lost James Foster, who was caught by Roderick off Norwell for seven and at 124 for eight at the break, they still needed another 89 runs to win with just two wickets remaining.

In just the second over after lunch, Graham Napier became Payne's third wicket when he was caught by Roderick for a six-ball duck, leaving Ashar Zaidi and Matt Quinn at the crease with 88 runs still needed.

Zaidi struck 37 in 49 balls to top score for Essex but his resistance came to an end when he was bowled by Norwell, leaving Quinn unbeaten on five.

Norwell finished as the pick of the Gloucestershire bowlers with figures of four for 65, Miles claimed three for 26 and Payne three for 40.

Despite the defeat, Essex stay on top of the table while Gloucestershire's victory moves them up to third.


Elsewhere today, Lancashire won the toss and batted first against Durham in Division One in Southport, in a clash that put England internationals against one another in James Anderson and Ben Stokes.

Anderson failed to score a run and Stokes went wicketless as Lancashire, for whom Alviro Petersen (51) and Steven Croft (54) top scored, were bowled out for 204. Chris Rushworth returned four for 30, Keaton Jennings two for 26 and Paul Coughlin two for 31.

Anderson then took the wicket of Jennings as Durham closed on 88 for three in reply.

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