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By Steve Marshall

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The end of this County Championship game isn't the end of our cricket coverage today.

There's also a programme of T20 Blast fixtures, when we'll take a step closer to finding out who's going to make the quarter-finals.

You can join my colleague Gary Smee et al here from 18:15 BST.

But from me, it's goodbye for now.

BreakingLeicestershire beat Gloucestershire by six wickets

Glos 183 & 215 v Leics 218 & 181-4

Mark Pettini steers Craig Miles down to third man, the batsmen take two and that's enough for Leicestershire to reach their target.

Leicestershire's fourth win of the season lifts the Foxes to fourth in the Division Two table, three points behind Gloucestershire and 11 shy of leaders Essex with six games left to play.

With five teams separated by 13 points at the top of the table, it's set up to be a very interesting race for the one promotion place.

WICKET (Horton lbw b van Buuren 73)

Leics 163-4, needing 18 more runs to win

A late twist? Unlikely, but Paul Horton won't be seeing Leicestershire home.

The former Lancashire batsman is pinned in front by the left-arm spin of Graeme van Buuren for 73 with 18 still needed.

50 for Paul Horton

Leics 130-3, needing 51 more runs to win

The experienced heads in the Leicestershire line-up are guiding them towards their target.

After Mark Cosgrove's half-century earlier, Paul Horton - who was out for a golden duck in the first innings - has now passed 50 too.

Into the final session

Leics 128-3, needing 53 more to win

So, here we go folks, the final session of the day - and probably the match - is under way at Cheltenham.

Remember, you can listen to live joint local radio commentary from BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Leicester by clicking on the audio icon.


TEA : @leicsccc 128-3, need 53 runs to win. Horton 49* Pettini 1* Wickets to Payne, Norwell and van Buuren #GLOvLEI

WICKET (Cosgrove c Tavare b van Buuren 56)

Leics 124-3, chasing 181 to win

A breakthrough for Gloucestershire just before tea as Mark Cosgrove clips Graeme van Buuren straight to Will Tavare at mid-wicket.

The home side will be lifted by that just before they get the chance to re-group at tea.

50 for Mark Cosgrove

Leics 119-2, chasing 181 to win

When Leicestershire slipped to 16-2 they needed an innings from their captain - and that's just what they've got as Mark Cosgrove goes to his half-century off 88 balls, with seven fours.

The Gloucestershire fielders have gone quiet as they sense this game has slipped from their grasp.

Meanwhile, back at Cheltenham

Leics 98-2, chasing 181 to win

There are still 10 overs to go until tea and there's little sign of this quiet spell in the game coming to an end.

Leicestershire are continuing their serene progress and now need just another 83 to win with eight wickets left.

Century for captain Cook

England 190-1 v Pakistan

Alastair Cook

Away from this County Championship game, there is of course the small matter of the opening day of the second Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford.

And it was a good toss for England to win, it would seem, with captain Alastair Cook just bringing up his 29th Test hundred with a trademark clip off his legs for two.

Joe Root is going well too, with England 190-1. You can follow that game here.

Leicestershire making progress

Leics 70-2, chasing 181 to win

After those couple of early wickets, the experienced Paul Horton and Mark Cosgrove have dug in for Leicestershire and have so far added 54 for the third wicket.

You would suggest the game has swung back in the visitors' favour. Gloucestershire need a wicket.

Game on at Cheltenham

Leics 16-2, chasing 181 to win

We're back under way at Cheltenham and things just got even more interesting as Neil Dexter shoulders arms to Liam Norwell and sees his timbers toppled.

I think there could be a few butterflies in the Leicestershire dressing room at the moment...

Morning session recap

Glos 183 & 215 v Leics 218 v 11-1

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt:

"Another fascinating morning at sunny Cheltenham.

"Gloucestershire lost five wickets for 12 runs and it looked like Leicestershire's fourth innings' target was going to be paltry; but in another twist Josh Shaw and Benny Howell put together 48 for the last wicket, with Shaw finishing with a career-best 29.

"Leicestershire needing 181 to win then; and in the very first over Angus Robson was dismissed first ball.

"It's going to be a tense afternoon. The visitors require a further 170 to win."


Leics 11-1, chasing 181 to win

And that's lunch at Cheltenham, with four byes and a leg bye helping Leicestershire into double figures after two overs of their run chase.

They need another 170 to win and, with five sessions left, time won't be a factor unless the heavens open - which isn't forecast.

WICKET (Robson c Tavare b Payne 0)

Leics 1-1, chasing 181 to win

Dream start for Gloucestershire as Angus Robson goes for a golden duck, caught in the slips by Will Tavare off David Payne.

I said it would be a tricky little spell for Leicestershire, and the momentum has swung back towards the hosts in the last 25 minutes before the interval.

Gloucestershire's resistance ends

Glos 183 & 215 v Leics 218

Leicestershire will have a testing few minutes at the crease before lunch as Josh Shaw chips Charlie Shreck to Paul Horton at mid-on.

The Foxes will need 181 to win, and the chances are this will be over today.

Final pair rally for Glos

Glos 183 & 195-9 v Leics 218

Twenty minutes ago, you would have backed Leicestershire to have wrapped up Gloucestershire's innings by now.

But credit to final pair Benny Howell and Josh Shaw, who have so far put on 28 for the final wicket.

Gloucestershire's lead is up to 160.

Foxes all over Gloucestershire

Glos 183 & 167-9 v Leics 218

WICKET | McKay has a big lbw appeal turned down against Howell, but rattles the timber of Norwell next ball. Gloucs effectively 132-9

That's three wickets in nine balls now for Clint McKay. Gloucestershire's lead is only 132.

Wickets tumbling at Cheltenham

Glos 183 & 161-8 v Leicestershire 218

Clint McKay
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Big trouble for Gloucestershire as Clint McKay traps Craig Miles leg before and then bowls David Payne first ball.

Liam Norwell meets the hat-trick ball with the middle of the bat to get off the mark with a three.

But the hosts have lost four wickets for six runs at Cheltenham and their lead is only 129.

WICKET (Taylor lbw b Raine 24)

Glos 183 & 156-6 v Leics 218

And one brings two for Leicestershire as Jack Taylor plays across one that nips back into him from Ben Raine and is trapped leg before.

That's two wickets in the over for Raine and Gloucestershire's lead is just 121 with four wickets left.

WICKET (Klinger c O'Brien b Raine 54)

Glos 183 & 155-5 v Leics 218

It's a big breakthrough for Leicestershire as Ben Raine removes Gloucestershire's dangerman Michael Klinger.

WICKET | It's fair to say one was coming, Raine finally gets reward as Klinger gets a feather to O'Brien for 54. Gloucs effectively 120-5

50 for Michael Klinger

Glos 183 & 151-4 v Leics 218

A couple of close shaves so far for Gloucestershire, with an edge from Jack Taylor falling just short of second slip, while Michael Klinger sees an inside edge go through to Leicestershire wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien on the bounce.

Michael Klinger
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But the pair remain intact and bring up their 50 partnership before Klinger goes to a half-century with a single through point.

Weather set fair

Glos 183 & 137-4 v Leics 218

Yesterday's play was curtailed early by evening rain, but if the forecast is to be believed that should not be an issue today...

Cheltenham weather

Klinger the main man for Glos

Michael Klinger
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You sense that Australian batsman Michael Klinger holds the key for Gloucestershire today as they look to build on their overnight lead of 98.

After all, he's only averaging 94.50 in Division Two this summer and will resume on 43 not out.

Welcome to day three

Glos 183 & 133-4 v Leics 218

Bowlers remained on top at Cheltenham on Thursday, with nine more wickets going down as Gloucestershire built a slender lead.

You can catch up on how the day unfolded here.

What will happen today? Find out by listening to live BBC local radio commentary by clicking on the audio icon at the top of the page.

The start of play is only minutes away.

Close of play

Glos 183 & 133-4 v Leics 218

Well, the weather has defeated us I'm afraid.

The players were unable to return following the rain that started at about 16:40 BST and day two ends with Gloucestershire 133-4 in their second innings against Leicestershire.

That's a lead of 98 runs for the home side at Cheltenham.

We'll have live text updates and BBC local radio commentary of the third day's play from 11:00 BST on Friday. For now, it's goodbye.

Rain stops play

Glos 183 & 133-4 v Leics 218

There's drizzle in the air at Cheltenham, so umpires Michael Gough and Graham Lloyd have taken the players off.

Gloucestershire are 133-4, leading by 98 runs.

Will Klinger be the difference?

Glos 183 & 113-4 v Leics 218

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt: "What a splendid game this is turning out to be and delicately poised too.

"The home side need another 150 to make life difficult for Leicestershire in the second innings, and they've got just the man at the crease to edge them towards that - Michael Klinger, who is on 32."

Michael Klinger
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TEA: Evenly poised at Cheltenham

Glos 183 & 113-4 v Leics 218

Four more wickets fell in the afternoon session on day two at Cheltenham, where Gloucestershire are 113-4 at tea and leading Leicestershire by 78 runs.

Has the dismissal of Hamish Marshall just before the interval swung the balance just towards the visitors?

This could be a close one. Listen to live BBC local radio commentary by clicking on the audio icon at the top of the page.

Dent goes for Glos

Glos 183 & 86-3 v Leics 218

The rate that wickets are falling, this match could be over and done with very early tomorrow!

Gloucestershire have lost Chris Dent since I last updated you on events at Cheltenham, the opener edging Neil Dexter to Mark Cosgrove at slip.

The hosts lead by 51 runs with approximately nine overs to go until the tea interval on day two.

Glos 183 & 74-2 v Leics 218

Chris Dent
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Gloucestershire's lead is up to 39 runs, although Ben Raine has bowled Graeme van Buuren for just three.

Opener Chris Dent remains at the crease on 31 not out.

WICKET (Tavare c Cosgrove b Shreck 18)

Glos 183 & 39-1 v Leics 218

Gloucestershire are into the lead, but they've also lost their first wicket.

Will Tavare is gone for 18, caught at slip by Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove off the bowling of Charlie Shreck.

Glos start solidly

Glos 183 & 20-0 v Leics 218

Gloucestershire, despite a couple of frights, have got through the first eight overs of their second innings unscathed.

The next job for Will Tavare and Chris Dent is to get to parity, which is just 15 runs away.

Glos start second innings

Glos 183 & 0-0 v Leics 218

Right then, the players are back out after lunch on day two at Cheltenham and Gloucestershire begin their second innings 35 runs behind Leicestershire.

Live BBC local radio commentary continues online - listen by clicking on the audio icon at the top of the page.

Glos 183 v Leics 218

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt: "A deserved five-wicket haul for David Payne and it's as good as parity, with Leicestershire's lead only 35 and batting becoming easier.

"An Army band are entertaining the large crowd during lunch, Cleeve Hill is shimmering in the summer sun; life is pretty good."

LUNCH: Leicestershire all out

Leics 218 v Glos 183

Ben Raine
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Leicestershire have been bowled out for 218 at Cheltenham and have a 35-run lead against Gloucestershire.

David Payne took three of the five wickets to fall on the second morning to end with impressive figures of 5-36, with Craig Miles snaffling the other two.

Ben Raine's 33 not out off 36 balls helped Leicestershire a useful batting bonus point.

Right, that's lunch.

Glos forge ahead

Leics 185-7 v Glos 183

A boundary from Ben Raine takes Leicestershire into the lead against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

During the morning session, the visitors have lost Angus Robson (62) and Ned Eckersley (35), who became a second victim for Craig Miles.

Can they get some batting bonus points now?

Remember, you can listen to live BBC local radio commentary by clicking on the audio icon at the top of the page.

WICKET (Robson c Klinger b Miles 62)

Leics 159-6 v Glos 183

Angus Robson
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Craig Miles
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Gloucestershire have their first breakthrough of the day, with opener Angus Robson out for 62.

Captain Michael Klinger hangs onto a catch at slip off the bowling of Craig Miles, who has his first wicket of the innings.

Clint McKay is the new man in, joining Ned Eckersley (33 not out) as the Foxes look to close their 24-run deficit even further.

50 for Angus Robson

Leics 138-5 v Glos 183

Angus Robson
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We've only been under way for 20-odd minutes on day two at Cheltenham, and already a milestone as Leicestershire opener Angus Robson reaches a half-century off 148 balls.

That knock was much needed for the visitors, given the procession of Foxes batsmen that were falling around him in the latter part of day one.

Welcome to day two

Leics 122-5 v Glos 183

Gloucestershire celebrate a wicket
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Well it was an interesting first day at Cheltenham yesterday, with 15 wickets falling in the Division Two match between Gloucestershire and Leicestershire.

Read all about it here.

Onto today - listen to live BBC local radio commentary by clicking on the audio icon at the top of the page.

Play gets under way in five minutes.