Gloucestershire v Kent, Bristol, 4th day

Harmison ton can't deny Gloucs

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May 21, 2014

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Gloucestershire 252 (Roderick 59, Riley 3-51) and 443 for 6 dec. (Marshall 118, Stevens 5-87) beat Kent 114 (W Gidman 4-14, Fuller 4-32) and 291 (Harmison 125) by 290 runs
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Ben Harmison made a century, Gloucestershire v Kent, County Championship, Division Two, Cheltenham, 3rd day, July, 12, 2013
Ben Harmison completed a first century of the season but it wasn't enough to deny Gloucestershire © Getty Images
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Gloucestershire registered a comprehensive first win of the season as they wrapped up a 290-run triumph over Kent on the final day at Bristol.

The visitors began the day on 165 for 5 and needing an nominal 417 more runs for victory, and although they put up resistance for a while - led by Ben Harmison, who fashioned a career-best 125 - their defeat was soon sealed.

Matt Taylor took three wickets as Gloucestershire dismissed their opponents for 291, completing the task during an extra half-hour added to the morning session.

As play got under way, Kent had two men already with half-centuries to their names at the crease, Harmison and Sam Billings having restored some batting pride after the team had slumped earlier in the innings to 69 for 5, and been bowled out for a lowly 114 first time around.

The sixth-wicket partnership grew from 96 to 139 before Billings saw his stumps sent cartwheeling by Taylor, who then claimed another wicket with the next ball as Adam Ball was caught behind by Cameron Herring, leaving Kent 208 for 7.

Harmison's innings was only his second score above 27 this season. He brought up his century, moving to 103 with a four but it was not long before a further Kent wicket had gone, Mitchell Claydon caught at mid-on for 15 by Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger off the bowling of spinner Tom Smith.

That was 243 for 8, and with his side having added 28 runs, Harmison then departed to a Klinger catch off James Fuller. Gloucestershire finished off the job during the additional period with Doug Bollinger caught by Benny Howell off Taylor.

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Posted by CricketingStargazer on (May 21, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

After the disappointment of the Surrey game I cannot say how much I enjoyed listening to this win, especially given the ridiculous criticism of the declaration yesterday. Michael Klinger knew what he was doing and to win with two sessions to spare was all the justification that he needed.

It was great to see James Fuller, who did so much to set up this win, contribute to wrapping-up finally the Kent innings. It looks as if Hampshire and Worcestershire will be hard to stop, but this win puts Gloucestershire in the tight cluster of sides down to Surrey in 7th who could have a say in promotion.

Kudos to Ben Harmison for putting up a tremendous fight.

Fewer kudos to the pundit who moaned loudly after lunch yesterday that it would rain and the match end in a draw due to the delayed declaration!

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