|LV County Championship Division Two, Colchester|
|Close, day three: Essex 363 & 243-4, Gloucestershire 264|
|Essex 7pts, Gloucestershire 5pts|
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.