Gloucestershire v Lancashire: Visitors close on Division Two title

LV CC Division Two, Bristol

Close, day three: Lancashire 310-8 dec, Gloucestershire 89-3

Lancashire 4 pts, Gloucestershire 2 pts

Match scorecard

Lancashire edged closer to the Division Two title despite rain allowing only 33 overs of play against Gloucestershire.

The match in Bristol looks to be heading for a draw, but it is a similar story for nearest challengers Northants, who are playing Kent.

After losing the entire morning session to rain, Lancashire declared on 310-8 after securing a third batting point.

Will Gidman took 5-61 and brother Alex was unbeaten on 21 as Gloucestershire closed on 89-3 in reply.

It was a partial recovery from 48-3 after Glen Chapple, Kyle Hogg and Oliver Newby each took a wicket for the visitors.

Lancashire went into the penultimate round of matches with a 36-point lead over second-placed Northants, and only need to match their result to be sure of going up to Division One as champions.