Gloucestershire cruise to big win over Kent

LV= County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham
Gloucestershire 515 beat Kent 205 & 168 by an innings and 142 runs
Glos 24pts, Kent 3pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Gloucestershire completed victory over Kent by an innings and 142 runs before tea on the third day at Cheltenham.

It was their first County Championship win at the ground since 2001.

David Balcombe claimed two of the three wickets to fall, including Chris Taylor (196), to finish with 5-103, as the hosts were finally dismissed for 515.

But Kent never looked like making Gloucestershire bat again as David Payne (4-60) and Jon Lewis (3-31) helped bowled them out for 168.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"Performance-wise, it was probably our best executed performance of the season. We certainly didn't have a poor session and there weren't really any poor passages of play full stop.

"Chris Taylor's innings was a huge area of the game. When someone gets as good as 200 runs in the game it puts you in a pretty strong position.

"The first session of the game, when we took six wickets, was another factor in it. Kent haven't been playing their best four-day cricket but they're still a good, experienced batting line-up."

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