County Championship: Jack Taylor hits maiden first-class ton

Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor's previous best score was 63 against Glamorgan in 2013
LV= County Championship Division Two, 3aaa County Ground (day two)
Gloucestershire 329: Taylor 120, Klinger 93; Footitt 4-60
Derbyshire 77-2: Godleman 30 not out; Howell 1-7
Derbyshire trail by 252 runs
Derbyshire 3 pts, Gloucestershire 3 pts
Match scorecard

Jack Taylor hit his maiden first-class century as Gloucestershire took command against Derbyshire on day two at the County Ground.

Michael Klinger (93) failed to add to his overnight score before he was caught behind off Mark Footitt (4-60).

Taylor (120) put on 74 with David Payne for the ninth wicket before being caught at third man off Tom Taylor as the visitors were bowled out for 329.

Derbyshire fell to 77-2 at tea, as bad light and rain ended proceedings early.

Right-handed batsman Taylor, who had hit his previous highest score of 63 against Glamorgan in 2013 - reached his ton off 122 balls, having hit Tillakaratne Dilshan for a six straight back over the Sri Lankan international's head earlier in the over.

The 23-year-old's innings included 12 fours and two sixes, with the other 10 batsmen managing just 15 boundaries between them.

Derbyshire's response began poorly as Chris Dent took a sharp slip catch off Liam Norwell to remove Ben Slater, before Chesney Hughes was caught behind off Benny Howell.

However, the weather meant no play was possible in the evening session.

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman: "We started very well and Mark Footitt bowled an excellent spell, but I think in that situation you have to give credit to Jack Taylor.

"He chanced his arm very well and played some good cricket shots, but I would have liked us to execute our plans a little bit better."

Gloucestershire captain Geraint Jones: "It was important we got more than 300, and after Klinger was out it needed a mature innings

"Jack batted in a mature way with controlled aggression. Credit to David Payne for sticking with him and also credit to the bowlers for bowling tightly throughout."