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April 15, 2014
Gloucestershire 304 (Tavare 139, Tomlinson 4-68, Abbot 5-67) and 308 for 9 (Marshall 84*, Gidman 72) lead Hampshire 422 (Vince 144, Wheater 82) by 190 runs
New Zealander Hamish Marshall held up Hampshire's victory bid on day three at Bristol by spearheading a battling Gloucestershire recovery.
Marshall ended the day unbeaten on 84 as Gloucestershire recovered from 183 for 7 to reach 308 for 9 in their second innings, with Marshall and seamer David Payne forging a record ninth wicket partnership for the county against Hampshire of 92 at almost five runs an over.
Payne, who hit two fours and a six off successive deliveries during one Michael Carberry over, was dismissed for 44 in the last over of the day as Gloucestershire closed with a 190-run lead.
Alex Gidman's 72 allowed Gloucestershire to stage an initial comeback from 48 for 3, yet they continued losing wickets at regular intervals before Marshall and Payne breathed life into a game that appeared lost.
Hampshire added just five runs to their overnight score, with wicketkeeper Adam Wheater the last man out for 82 as Matt Taylor returned career-best figures of 5 for 75, yet a first innings total of 422 meant Gloucestershire needed a solid start as they set about erasing a 118-run first innings deficit.
But James Tomlinson kept Hampshire on top, removing openers Michael Klinger and Chris Dent to leave Gloucestershire reeling on 6 for 2, before first innings centurion Will Tavare went for 18, trapped lbw by Matt Coles.
Gidman and Marshall repaired some of the damage as Gloucestershire moved to 79 for 3 by lunch, before a 76-run fourth wicket partnership was broken by Sean Irvine, who had Gidman caught behind, ending an innings that included 11 boundaries.
Ervine then struck again, bowling Gidman's younger brother Will, and not even the loss of Wheater with a hand injury for the evening session - Will Smith deputised behind the stumps - could disrupt Hampshire's flow until Marshall and Payne took charge. Six Hampshire bowlers shared the nine wickets to fall, with Ervine, Tomlinson and Coles taking two each.
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