Gautam Gambhir struck his first century for Essex to help his side to a position of complete dominance against Gloucestershire
Gareth Roderick gave another demonstration of his batting talent with a second first-class century
Greg Smith finished with a career-best 177 as Essex clinched maximum batting points for the first time this season and took a firm grip at Bristol.
Greg Smith's first County Championship century for Essex guided the visitors into a strong position on the opening day against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
|1st||43||M Klinger||CDJ Dent|
|2nd||137||M Klinger||GH Roderick|
|3rd||16||APR Gidman||GH Roderick|
|4th||108||HJH Marshall||GH Roderick|
|5th||2||BAC Howell||GH Roderick|
|6th||0||WRS Gidman||BAC Howell|
|7th||49||WRS Gidman||TMJ Smith|