Gidman haul gives Gloucestershire advantage over Kent

LV= County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham
Close, day one: Kent 205, Gloucestershire 107-3
Glos 3pts, Kent 2pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Will Gidman claimed career-best figures of 5-38 as Kent were bowled out by Gloucestershire for 205 on day one of their Division Two match at Cheltenham.

It could have been worse for Kent, who were deep in trouble when the hosts reduced them to 59-6.

But Darren Stevens rescued them by top scoring with 67 and sharing Kent's best partnership of 83 with James Tredwell (45) for the seventh wicket.

Gloucestershire reached 107-3 in reply at stumps, Hamish Marshall making 37.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:

"Given Kent's poor record in the first innings of championship matches this season, it's maybe no surprise that they were six down on the first morning.

"A lack of patience on a wicket which gave ample bounce but no real horrors, led to a number of dismissals. That's not to underestimate the efforts of the Gloucestershire attack however, and Gidman was lively and accurate for his five-wicket haul.

"Gloucestershire's batting made Kent's injury-hit attack look ordinary in comparison and Marshall and Williamson combined watchfulness and aggression in their stand.

"A couple of late wickets have given the visitors hope though. The first session of day two could well decide the outcome of this game."

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