Alex Gidman leads Gloucestershire to win over Surrey

LV County Championship Division Two, The Oval
Gloucestershire 261 & 161-6 beat Surrey 225 & 195 by four wickets
Gloucestershire 21pts, Surrey 4pts
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LV County Championship

Captain Alex Gidman hit 76 not out to help Gloucestershire to a four-wicket win against Surrey inside three days.

Set 160 to win at The Oval, the visitors were wobbling on 54-5 as Yasir Arafat (3-49) and Tim Linley (3-59) bowled Surrey into a winning position.

But Gidman put on 67 with Richard Coughtrie and an unbroken 40 with Ed Young to see his side home on 161-6.

Earlier, Ian Saxelby ended with a career-best 6-69 as Surrey slumped from 145-5 overnight to 195 all out.

The paceman's second-innings haul also meant he ended with personal best match figures of 10-142.

Gloucestershire's victory enabled them to leapfrog Surrey in the Division Two table and climb into promotion contention in third, seven points behind second-placed Middlesex.

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BBC London's Mark Church:

"Alex Gidman played the consummate captain's innings to steer Gloucestershire to victory by four wickets.

"Set 160 to win the game after Surrey were all out for 195 in the morning session the visitors were really wobbling at 54-5.

"But Gidman was joined by Richard Coughtrie and despite some excellent bowling from Surrey the Gloucestershire pair battled their way towards the victory target.

"Coughtrie fell to Tim Linley with 39 still needed but Gidman took his side to their target finishing unbeaten on 76.

"A fine innings from Gidman and an excellent victory for Gloucestershire. Surrey will look back at their performance on the first day which always left them chasing the game."

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