Gloucestershire v Derbyshire: Gidman hits ton but visitors on top

LV= County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham
Close, day two: Gloucestershire 356, Derbyshire 216-2
Glos 3pts, Derbys 4pts
Match scorecard

Derbyshire ended day two in a strong position against Gloucestershire, despite Will Gidman's century.

Gidman (125) hit his second ton in seven days, but the hosts slipped from 293-4 to 356 all out.

Derbyshire lost Billy Godleman for 11 but Ben Slater (70) and Wayne Madsen (79 not out) put on 81.

Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (50 not out) shared an unbroken stand of 105 to guide Derbyshire to 216-2, trailing by 140 runs.

Slater, who recorded his highest total in the County Championship this season, is still waiting for his first Derbyshire hundred.

Gloucestershire all-rounder Will Gidman:

"I've struck a bit of form with the bat and I'm feeling confident at the crease. It was difficult facing the second new ball, but other than that I went in at a good time on a decent pitch.

"We're disappointed with how we have bowled this afternoon because the new ball was doing a bit and there were signs of turn.

"Now, two dangerous players are well set."

Derbyshire opener Ben Slater:

"I thought today might be my day, but it wasn't to be.

"The pitch is not as good as the scores suggest. It's okay when you get in, but it's tricky getting in."

BBC Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt:

"Gloucestershire found life difficult on day two. They fell well short of a good total on a decent pitch by losing wickets cheaply after building a good base on the first day.

"They have elected to play two spinners but, as yet, the pitch isn't giving them the help they would've hoped.

"They have got to make early inroads in the morning or the game will totally be in control of the visitors."