County Championship: Essex put Gloucestershire in trouble

Graham Napier
Graham Napier has taken more than 400 first-class wickets in his 18 years at Essex
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
Match scorecard

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).

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