Gloucestershire v Hampshire: Michael Klinger puts hosts on top

County Championship Division Two, Bristol

Close, day three: Hampshire 274 v Gloucestershire 284-2

Gloucestershire 5pts, Hampshire 3pts

Match scorecard

Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger hit his second Championship century as they moved into a strong position on day three against Hampshire.

The Australian struck two sixes and 13 fours in an unbeaten 131 as the home side reached 284-2, a lead of 10 runs.

He shared a stand of 119 with Chris Dent (45) and 109 with Dan Housego (56) after Hampshire were all out for 274.

Opener Jimmy Adams was left high and dry on 138 not out when last man James Tomlinson fell to Craig Miles (4-83).

Hampshire captain Adams batted for just a couple of minutes under six hours and faced 269 balls, but only Danny Briggs, who made 54, provided the support he needed.

The home side, meanwhile, could only be delighted by the performance of 18-year-old Miles, with Will Gidman out of the attack after suffering an ankle injury on the opening day.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt:

"Although a draw seems the likeliest result, if Gloucestershire continue to bat with the same momentum on the final morning, they could set the visitors a target in the afternoon.

"Michael Klinger scored his second successive century in the Championship and he was well supported by Chris Dent, Dan Housego and Alex Gidman.

"How Gloucestershire must still be rueing their failure to knock over Hampshire's tail - those extra runs could well deny a home victory."

Match scorecard