County Championship: Sussex tighten their grip over Gloucestershire
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Bristol County Ground (day three):|
|Gloucestershire 200 & 197-6: Dent 72; Wiese 2-29, Robinson 2-46|
|Sussex 370: Wiese 67, Salt 64; Payne 4-59|
|Gloucestershire (4 pts) lead Sussex (7 pts) by 27 runs|
Sussex tightened their grip over Gloucestershire at Bristol as the hosts finished day three on 197-6.
Sussex resumed on 313-7, eventually falling for 370 to take a lead of 170 as David Payne claimed 4-59.
Gloucestershire opener Chris Dent top-scored with 72 in the hosts' second innings as David Wiese took 2-29.
Gloucestershire, now leading by 27 runs, would remain in the top three with a draw after Glamorgan's earlier defeat by Worcestershire.
Wiese (67) and Will Beer (40), who started the day on 40 not out and 28 not out respectively, added a further 46 runs in their eighth-wicket partnership in the morning session to extend Sussex's advantage.
Gloucestershire were ill-disciplined in their bowling conceding 60 extras - of which 46 were from no balls, with West Indies international Shannon Gabriel finishing with figures of 0-121 in his first match for the county.
But, after Beer fell hit wicket - clipping the base of the stumps with his heel as he played a Payne short ball onto the legside - the hosts batted well in their second innings, steadily building to 48-0 before four Sussex wickets left them 132-4 at tea.
The hosts rallied to 197-6 before play was suspended with 10 overs remaining for bad light.