Middlesex halted by Gloucestershire's Chris Taylor

LV County Championship Division Two, Bristol
Close of play, day one: Gloucestershire 302-6
Glos 3pts, Middlesex 2pts
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LV County Championship

Chris Taylor hit a century to guide Gloucestershire out of danger against Middlesex on day one at Nevil Road.

After the hosts won the toss, Toby Roland-Jones (3-60) and Tim Murtagh (2-84) reduced them to 138-5, despite 62 from Hamish Marshall.

But Taylor then combined with Will Gidman (67 not out) for a sixth-wicket stand of 162.

Taylor eventually fell to Corey Collymore for 117 as Gloucestershire reached the close on 302-6.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC London's Kevin Hand:

"A difficult day for batsmen and bowlers alike made Chris Taylor's defiant innings all the more impressive.

"Middlesex toiled on a consistent line and length before lunch as the pitch offered little assistance to the new ball.

"Equally, Ian Cockbain batted for 48 minutes to make just one run opening the innings.

"Toby Roland-Jones got the most out of the pitch with some extra bounce and was rewarded with three wickets to swing things in Middlesex's favour at 138-5.

"But Taylor produced a flowing innings that was out character with the rest of the day, including his partner in the 162 run sixth-wicket stand, Will Gidman, who had to dig deep for his runs."

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