|LV County Championship Division Two, Bristol|
|Close, day one: Gloucestershire 229-8 v Essex|
|Essex 2pts, Gloucestershire 1pt|
David Masters took four wickets as Gloucestershire struggled for runs on day one against Essex.
Masters (4-40) and England discard Ravi Bopara (2-53) reduced the hosts to 159-8, despite 50 for Kane Williamson and 45 for Richard Coughtrie.
Gloucestershire's lower-order batsman secured a first batting point as the home side closed on 229-8.
Chris Dent made 33, while Ed Young (39 not out) and Jon Lewis (29 not out) put on an unbeaten 70 for the ninth wicket.