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May 19, 2014
Gloucestershire 252 and 213 for 4 (Alex Gidman 85, Marshall 66*) lead Kent 114 (Will Gidman 4-14, Fuller 4-32) by 351 runs
Gloucestershire sensed a first Championship victory of the season after compiling an imposing 351-run lead at the County Ground against Kent.
Day two of the match saw Gloucestershire coast to 213 for 4 at the close of play, with Alex Gidman making 85 before succumbing to the bowling of Darren Stevens, while Hamish Marshall was not out on 66.
The match had looked well poised after the home side were restricted to 252 in their first innings, only for Kent to be skittled for a paltry 114. Kent started the day on 33 for 6, still 219 runs behind, having lost six final-session wickets in a humiliating collapse.
And while they faired moderately better when play resumed - resistance was offered by Sam Billings with 42 and Adam Ball's 37 - they still fell too easily. Apart from Billings and Ball, no player was able to reach double figures, with James Fuller and Will Gidman spearheading Gloucestershire's assault with four wickets each.
Early hopes of gaining something from the match rose when Kent sent Chris Dent and Michael Klinger back to the pavilion cheaply, but Gloucestershire soon steadied the ship.
William Tavare fired a rapid 27 before Gidman and Marshall began flailing Kent's struggling attack with Stevens, who finished with three wickets, their only genuine threat. A first win in six games now beckons for Gloucestershire, who have two days to wrap-up victory.
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