Hampshire v Gloucestershire: Will Gidman century boosts visitors

LV= County Championship Division Two, Ageas Bowl
Close, day three: Hampshire 297 v Gloucestershire 446-5
Hampshire 3pts, Gloucestershire 7pts
Match scorecard

Gloucestershire's Will Gidman reached the third century of his career with his total of 109 on day three against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Gidman and Ian Cockbain (61) enjoyed a partnership of 141 which helped Gloucestershire end the day on 446-5.

Earlier on, Hampshire all-rounder Sean Ervine (2-53) dismissed Hamish Marshall (56) and opener Will Tavare (86).

But it was a tough day for Hampshire as the visitors now lead by 149 runs with 5 wickets remaining.

To cap off an impressive day, all-rounder Gidman's knock means that he has now scored 508 runs this season.

Gloucestershire did, however, score only four batting points as they surpassed 400 runs over the 110 over limit.

Gloucestershire all-rounder Will Gidman:

"Over the past three or four matches we have under-performed with the bat, but today was a positive day. Hopefully we can kick on and make the most of it tomorrow.

"It is up to the captain if he wants another quick 50 or so or get straight in there with the ball. It is a decent deck. The new ball nipped about a bit but it is up to us now to build on the advantage gained so far."

Hampshire coach Dale Benkenstein:

"Gloucestershire are in a commanding position, 149 ahead. They might have been tempted to put us in again tonight and it is good for us that they did not.

"Having been out in the field all day, the last thing we wanted was to bat again even for a few overs. The fewer overs we have to bat on the last day the better."

BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James:

"For the third time in four Championship matches Hampshire face batting some or all of the last day to save the game.

"Their form has dipped recently and with Surrey winning, they now find themselves outside the top two in Division Two.

"The Hampshire bowlers started sluggishly this morning but improved as the day went along on an easy paced pitch. There will need to be an improvement in the batting tomorrow too."

BBC Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt:

"A good day for Gloucestershire with the bat; everyone contributed and Will Gidman's third first-class century meant that can they can be in control of the match, probably push on with pace in the morning and see if Hampshire can survive a testing couple of sessions.

"The pitch is placid though. Only four wickets fell on day three and a draw is still the most likely result."

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