County Championship: Kent pair earn lead at Bristol

Matt Coles
Coles has made seven first-class half-centuries with one century against Yorkshire in 2012
LV= County Championship Division Two, Bristol (day two)
Gloucestershire 193: Handscomb 69, Coles 3-49, Stevens 3-50
Kent 223-9: Coles 66, Haggett 54, Nowell 3-38
Kent lead by 30 runs
Gloucestershire 3 pts, Kent 4 pts
Match scorecard

Matt Coles and Calum Haggett shared a record eighth-wicket stand against Gloucestershire as Kent strengthened their position at Bristol.

Coles hit an aggressive 66 and Haggett made a career-best 54 as they put on 119 in to help Kent recover from 98-7.

Paceman Liam Norwell (3-38) bowled well again, with Daniel Bell-Drummond's 26 the best score among Kent's top order.

Haggett fell to David Payne (3-36) shortly before rain ended play with Kent on 223-9, 30 runs ahead.

Having bowled out the home side for 193 on day one, Kent found batting no easier and wickets fell regularly before Coles and Haggett shared by far the highest partnership of the match.

Coles struck seven boundaries and one six before he was caught and bowled by part-time spinner Chris Dent.

Kent seam bowler Calum Haggett:

"I'm not sure if my maiden first-class half-century is an indication of things to come, but I certainly enjoyed it. Matt Coles batted really well, which made things easier for me.

"The match is pretty evenly poised, although any first innings lead will be handy on this pitch.

"The Gloucestershire bowlers hit their lengths well, making it hard work for our batsmen, and we need to emulate that tomorrow to drive home any advantage."

Gloucestershire paceman Liam Norwell:

"It's probably around a 250 pitch, so we bowled very well to have Kent 98 for seven and we are not too disappointed at the current position.

"Calum and Colesy both batted very well, playing themselves in and then going for their shots.

"The lesson for us was that if you take your time and get yourself set, the runs will eventually come. It requires a degree of patience."