Essex build huge lead over Gloucestershire

LV County Championship Division Two, Colchester
Close, day three: Essex 363 & 243-4, Gloucestershire 264
Essex 7pts, Gloucestershire 5pts
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Gloucestershire have been left facing a mammoth run chase on the final day at Colchester after Essex closed with a lead of 342.

The visitors' tail wagged sufficiently to avoid the threat of a follow-on as they took their overnight 176-6 to 264.

But Essex then seized complete control of the contest as they reached the end of the day on 243-4.

Billy Godleman (50) helped get the hosts off to a good start, while Jaik Mickleburgh is still there on 68.

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