County Championship: Essex put Gloucestershire in trouble
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|LV= County Championship Division Two, Bristol (close, day two)|
|Essex 319: ten Doeschate 73, Foster 63, Cook 48; Howell 3-50|
|Gloucestershire 116 & 126-3 (f/o): Klinger 62 not out; Napier 1-16|
|Gloucestershire trail by 77 runs|
|Essex 6 pts, Gloucestershire 3 pts|
Essex took 13 Gloucestershire wickets on day two in the Championship match at Bristol to put themselves on top.
Graham Napier claimed 4-27, including three wickets in five balls to wrap up the hosts' first innings, as they were skittled for 116 - a deficit of 203.
Essex enforced the follow-on and soon had Gloucestershire 10-2 as Napier and Jamie Porter took a wicket each.
But Michael Klinger hung in with a gritty 62 not out as the home side closed on 126-3, still trailing by 77.
|Jamie Porter - a rising star?|
|Porter, 22, took a wicket with just his fifth ball in senior cricket when he removed Kent's Darren Stevens in September 2014. He has 30 wickets at an average of 19.83 this season.|
Gloucestershire, who began their first innings after the start was delayed until 11:45 BST, lost five wickets before lunch as the impressive Porter (3-30) and Ravi Bopara got the ball to nip around.
Wickets continued to tumble after the interval as Napier bowled a typically full and straight line to clean up the tail with three wickets - all bowled - in an over.
Following another top-order collapse, Klinger's second-innings knock gave Gloucestershire hope of avoiding an innings defeat, as he shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 61 with Ian Cockbain (25 not out).