Masters stars as Gloucestershire struggle against Essex

LV County Championship Division Two, Bristol
Close, day one: Gloucestershire 229-8 v Essex
Essex 2pts, Gloucestershire 1pt
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David Masters took four wickets as Gloucestershire struggled for runs on day one against Essex.

Masters (4-40) and England discard Ravi Bopara (2-53) reduced the hosts to 159-8, despite 50 for Kane Williamson and 45 for Richard Coughtrie.

Gloucestershire's lower-order batsman secured a first batting point as the home side closed on 229-8.

Chris Dent made 33, while Ed Young (39 not out) and Jon Lewis (29 not out) put on an unbeaten 70 for the ninth wicket.

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