Gloucestershire move towards win over Kent

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Close of play, day three: Gloucestershire 292 & 206, Kent 208 & 52-2
Kent 4pts, Glos 5pts
Match scorecard

Gloucestershire need eight wickets for victory on the final day at Canterbury against a Kent side who are chasing an unlikely target.

Resuming on 40-1, a lead of 124, the visitors were bowled out for 206 to set Kent 291 to win.

The hosts lost Sam Northeast and Rob Key in moving to 52-2, before rain and bad light forced an early close.

But Kent are effectively four down as Joe Denly has a broken thumb and Robbie Joseph a quad muscle strain.

Azhar Mahmood took 4-56 to help restrict the Gloucestershire advantage, but the visitors are favourites to wrap up victory over a Kent side who have struggled with the bat so far this season.

Indeed, their cause was strengthened when Rob Key feathered a beauty from Jon Lewis to wicketkeeper Jon Batty, with Sam Northeast then caught by the same man off Ian Saxelby.

The bad weather arrived 12 overs before the close. And Kent may need more help from the elements if they are to avoid defeat.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Radio Kent's Ben Croucher:

"Kent shone at gloomy Canterbury, bringing themselves back into contention with a vastly improved bowling display.

"It was noticeable that Kent's bowlers played with more aggression and intensity. Rob Key had clearly rallied the troops to be more vocal and it paid off, rattling Gloucestershire's batsmen into some unnecessary strokes.

"Geraint Jones was impeccable with the gloves, claiming two fine takes standing up and Ian Saxelby's batting once again frustrated the home side. He's looking like a really strong all rounder.

"The sparkle diminished slightly in losing Sam Northeast to the last ball of the day but, if one batsman fires on Friday, Kent could pull off a deserved victory."

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