County Championship: Marshall gives Glos chance of win

Hamish Marshall
Hamish Marshall has 26 centuries in 229 first-class appearances
LV= County Championship Division Two, Bristol (day three)
Gloucestershire 193 and 282-9: Marshall 83, Thomas 3-53
Kent 235: Coles 66, Haggett 54, Nowell 4-44
Gloucestershire lead by 240 runs
Gloucestershire 3 pts, Kent 4 pts
Match scorecard

Hamish Marshall's battling half-century gave Gloucestershire a chance of victory against Kent at Bristol.

After Kent were bowled out for 235, Marshall (83) reached 13,000 first-class runs during his 134 run fifth-wicket stand with Geraint Jones (55)

Their partnership, along with some lower-order runs from Craig Miles, helped the hosts recover from 81-4 to reach 282-9 at stumps - a lead of 240.

Ivan Thomas (3-53) and Darren Stevens (3-67) starred with the ball for Kent.

The visitors, who resumed on 223-9, resisted for eight overs in the morning before Liam Norwell (4-44) eventually removed Adam Riley.

Gloucestershire's openers Chris Dent and Gareth Roderick (47) knocked off the first-innings deficit of 42 with a half-century stand, but Dent's dismissal triggered a collapse of four wickets for 22 runs.

Marshall and captain Jones steadied the hosts before the former New Zealand international was caught by Fabian Cowdrey off Matt Coles, and Jones and Kieran Noema-Barnett (0) fell in consecutive balls.

Miles hit four boundaries in his 22 to help Gloucestershire towards a tricky total for Kent to chase on the final day.

Gloucestershire batsman Hamish Marshall:

"We lost wickets at crucial times, but we had one good partnership and that has set us up nicely.

"There was also some good batting from the tail too which is always important.

"I am making some runs at the moment and I was told when I came off the pitch that I had gone through 13,000 runs

"I don't want to get ahead of myself and I would swap that record for a win. Tomorrow is a big day."

Kent bowler Ivan Thomas:

"We needed to grind away and we managed to get those two important wickets.

"We bowled well enough to bowl them out today, but I think we can polish things off pretty quickly tomorrow and that puts us in a really good position.

"The pitch is flattening out and it is in our favour."

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