Gloucestershire 304 (Tavare 139, Tomlinson 4-68, Abbot 5-67) and 308 for 9 (Marshall 84*, Gidman 72) lead Hampshire 422 (Vince 144, Wheater 82) by 190 runs
New Zealander Hamish Marshall hold adult Hampshire’s feat bid on day 3 during Bristol by spearheading a battling Gloucestershire recovery.
Marshall finished a day dominant on 84 as Gloucestershire recovered from 183 for 7 to strech 308 for 9 in their second innings, with Marshall and seamer David Payne forging a record ninth wicket partnership for a county opposite Hampshire of 92 during roughly 5 runs an over.
Payne, who strike dual fours and a 6 off unbroken deliveries during one Michael Carberry over, was discharged for 44 in a final over of a day as Gloucestershire sealed with a 190-run lead.
Alex Gidman’s 72 authorised Gloucestershire to theatre an initial quip from 48 for 3, nonetheless they continued losing wickets during unchanging intervals before Marshall and Payne breathed life into a diversion that seemed lost.
Hampshire combined only 5 runs to their overnight score, with wicketkeeper Adam Wheater a final male out for 82 as Matt Taylor returned career-best sum of 5 for 75, nonetheless a initial innings sum of 422 meant Gloucestershire indispensable a plain start as they set about erasing a 118-run initial innings deficit.
But James Tomlinson kept Hampshire on top, stealing openers Michael Klinger and Chris Dent to leave Gloucestershire disorder on 6 for 2, before initial innings centurion Will Tavare went for 18, trapped lbw by Matt Coles.
Gidman and Marshall remade some of a repairs as Gloucestershire changed to 79 for 3 by lunch, before a 76-run fourth wicket partnership was damaged by Sean Irvine, who had Gidman held behind, finale an innings that enclosed 11 boundaries.
Ervine afterwards struck again, bowling Gidman’s younger hermit Will, and not even a detriment of Wheater with a palm damage for a dusk event – Will Smith deputised behind a stumps – could interrupt Hampshire’s upsurge until Marshall and Payne took charge. Six Hampshire bowlers common a 9 wickets to fall, with Ervine, Tomlinson and Coles holding dual each.