|LV County Championship Division Two, Colchester|
|Close of play, day two: Essex 363, Gloucestershire 176-6|
|Essex 6pts, Gloucestershire 3pts|
Gloucestershire ended a rain-affected second day at Colchester still needing another 38 runs to avoid following on.
Essex added just four to their overnight total to be bowled out for 363, Ryan ten Doeschate finishing on 124 not out, while Jon Lewis took 4-46.
Kiwi Kane Williamson's 83 excepted, Gloucestershire struggled in reply in the battle of promotion outsiders.
The visitors finished on 176-6, still 187 behind, in danger of starting the third day by being asked to bat again.
David Masters, the leading wicket-taker in the country, took 4-50 at Castle Park to extend his haul of Championship wickets to 71 for the season.