Gloucestershire v Derbyshire: Footitt on form at Cheltenham

Mark Footitt
Footitt has now taken 160 first-class wickets
LV= County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham
Close, day three: Gloucestershire 356 & 137-5, Derbyshire 372
Derbys 6pts, Glos 4pts
Match scorecard

Derbyshire hold the sight edge over Gloucestershire going into the final day's play at Cheltenham.

Resuming on 216-2, the visitors were in control when they took a first-innings lead on 360-5, helped by Wayne Madsen (80) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (73).

Wes Durston made 58 but they slipped to 372 all out as Benny Howell took 4-68.

Mark Footitt (2-29) was key as the hosts fell to 40-4, before Will Gidman added 39, but went just before stumps as they closed 121 ahead on 137-5.

Hamish Marshall was the mainstay of the Gloucestershire innings and he ended unbeaten on 43.

Gloucestershire all-rounder Will Gidman:

"We believe a 200 lead would give us a good opportunity to win.

"The wicket is starting to turn more and the new ball has nipped about in each innings."

Derbyshire all-rounder Wes Durston:

"It's going to be an interesting final day.

"We aren't setting ourselves targets, but we need to get Marshall early as he has played well for a couple of hours.

"If we can open up that end and bowl well in the morning, we will give ourselves every chance."

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