County Championship: Gloucestershire batsmen fight back against Derbyshire

Gloucestershire batsman Chris Dent
Chris Dent's 180 was the ninth century of his career in first-class cricket
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Bristol County Ground
Gloucestershire v Derbyshire, day three
Derbyshire 444: Madsen 150, Hughes 96; Taylor 4-61
Gloucestershire 563: Dent 180, Norwell 102, Marshall 72
Gloucestershire lead by 119 runs
Gloucestershire 7 pts, Derbyshire 3 pts
Match scorecard

Nightwatchman Liam Norwell and Chris Dent hit tons as Gloucestershire earned a first-innings lead over Derbyshire.

The hosts added 170 to their overnight 110-1 at Bristol before Norwell (102) fell lbw to Chesney Hughes after making his maiden first-class century.

Hughes bowled Dent to end his 312-ball knock on 180, but Hamish Marshall (72) helped keep Gloucestershire on top.

Kieran Noema-Barnett also added 58 from 52 balls as the home side were all out for 563 at stumps, a lead of 119.

Gloucestershire bowler Liam Norwell told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I just thought, 'try and bat a few overs, just frustrate them, score 15, 20 if you can' and I'm still a bit shocked, in all honestly. It's my first hundred in any cricket, so I'm quite happy with that.

"Last year wasn't a great year with the bat. This winter, I worked with the coaching team to just stay still when I'm batting and watch the ball, to stay relaxed when I'm batting. It went OK today.

"Hopefully I can kick on and start to be a bit more consistent down the lower end of the order."

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