Kent v Gloucestershire: Bowlers help home side to a 267-run lead at Canterbury

Mitch Claydon
Mitch Claydon took four wickets from his 12 overs
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, The Spitfire Ground (day two):
Kent 298 & 118-4: Denly 59
Gloucestershire 149: Dent 67; Claydon 4-35
Kent 5 pts, Glos 3 pts
Kent lead by 267 runs

Kent's bowlers put in a strong performance on day two to take control of their match against Gloucestershire.

Mitch Claydon (4-35) dismissed Gloucestershire's top-scorer Chris Dent (67) before three quick wickets left the away side on 115-8.

David Payne (20) and Chris Liddle added valuable runs, but Kent extended their first-innings lead of 149 through Joe Weatherley's 34 and Joe Denly's 59.

Kent finished day two with a commanding lead of 267 runs and six wickets left.

Gloucestershire began the day on 9-1, but their batting effort was undermined by the loss of regular wickets, with James Harris (3-42) continuing his impressive debut and Darren Stevens taking 2-42.

After the early loss of Daniel Bell-Drummond to Liam Norwell (2-38), Kent progressed steadily and although they lost Weatherley, Denly and captain Sam Northeast, they hold the upper hand with six second-innings wickets remaining.

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