Wheater helps give Essex the edge over Gloucestershire

LV County Championship Division Two, Bristol
Close, day three: Gloucestershire 255 & 37-2, Essex 321
Essex 6pts, Gloucestershire 5pts
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Adam Wheater top scored with 69 to help Essex head into the final day of their clash with Gloucestershire in Bristol with a slender lead.

Wheater's effort, backed by Owais Shah (51), Jaik Mickleburgh (42) and Ryan ten Doeschate (44) helped Essex go from 25-0 overnight to 321 all out.

That gave them a first innings lead of 66 over their hosts.

Gloucestershire had whittled that down to 29 by stumps as they closed on 37-2, with Kane Williamson 22 not out.

But, on a day when many of Essex's batsmen all made contributions, there was again disappointment for England hopeful Ravi Bopara, who lost his off stump to Jon Lewis to depart for a fourth-ball duck.

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