Gloucestershire on top against Kent after Taylor ton

LV= County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham
Close, day two: Kent 205, Gloucestershire 486-7
Glos 8pts, Kent 3pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Chris Taylor is eight runs shy of a double century as Gloucestershire have a 281-run lead over Kent.

Taylor, whose career-best score of 196 came against Notts in 2001, was unbeaten on 192 at close with the home side on 486-7.

Alex Gidman made 79 as the pair put on put on 160 for the fifth wicket, while Will Gidman (35) and Taylor shared a seventh-wicket stand of 91.

David Balcombe was the pick of the Kent bowlers with 3-92.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:

"A day dominated by a superb innings by Chris Taylor. The bare statistics will tell you it was a great knock, but made even better as he had to ride out a period early on where the bowlers got on top.

"As batting conditions improved, Taylor flourished, scoring with freedom on both sides of the wicket and rightly taking warm applause at every boundary from the Cheltenham Festival crowd.

"For Kent, on-loan David Balcombe was the pick of the bowlers, his accuracy, energy and sheer persistence making visiting fans wish he was theirs.

"Gloucestershire have batted their opposition out of the game now, the question will be whether Kent have the resolve in their batting to take this to a draw."

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