|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham, day three|
|Gloucestershire 255 & 290: Roderick 102, Dent 72, Klinger 53*; Napier 4-62, Quinn 4-87|
|Essex 333 & 16-1: Payne 1-15|
|Gloucestershire 5 pts, Essex 6 pts - Essex require 197 more runs to win|
Matt Quinn took his tally of wickets in the match to 11 as Essex seized control against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
The hosts were bowled out for 290 and Division Two leaders Essex, set 213 to win, ended day three on 16-1.
Gloucestershire's deficit of 78 was wiped out as openers Gareth Roderick (102) and Chris Dent (72) put on 148.
When Roderick was trapped lbw, that started a collapse of eight wickets for 62 runs, with Quinn (4-87) and Graham Napier (4-62) leading Essex's charge.
Essex, who lost Jaik Mickleburgh for one in the seven overs of their run chase that were possible before the close, will open up a 23-point lead at the top of Division Two if they complete victory on Saturday.