Kirby skittles Essex

Gloucestershire wrap up win on third morning

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Kirby skittles Essex

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LV County Championship - Division Two
Southend - Day Three
Gloucestershire 278 (C M Spearman 75, Kadeer Ali 65) & 139 (S J Adshead 50, Danish Kaneria 4-30, A J Bichel 4-34) v Essex 88 (S P Kirby 5-41, J Lewis 5-41) & 259 (R N ten Doeschate 58, S P Kirby 5-75)
Gloucestershire (19pts) beat Essex (3pts) by 70 runs

Steve Kirby finished with match figures of 10-163 as Gloucestershire bowled out Essex on the third morning to win their County Championship Division Two match at Southend by 70 runs.

Essex resumed on 161-4, chasing 330 to win but Kirby was quickly among the wickets to end their hopes of victory.

Kirby removed James Foster, James Middlebrook and Andy Bichel to leave the hosts on 195-7 and put Gloucestershire on course for only their second four-day win of the season.

Ryan Ten Doeschate (58) kept Essex in the hunt but the game was up when he became Vikram Banerjee's second of three victims.

LV County Championship - Division Two
Southend - Day Two
Gloucestershire 278 (C M Spearman 75, Kadeer Ali 65) & 139 (S J Adshead 50, Danish Kaneria 4-30, A J Bichel 4-34) v Essex 88 (S P Kirby 5-41, J Lewis 5-41) & 161-4

Essex are 161-4 chasing 330 for victory against Gloucestershire after 21 wickets fell on the second day at Southend.

Gloucestershire captain Jon Lewis elected not to enforce the follow-on after he and fellow seamer Steve Kirby each claimed 5-41 as Essex tumbled to 88 all out in their first innings.

But Lewis' side were then skittled for 139 - Andy Bichel and Danish Kaneria sharing eight wickets - to leave Essex chasing a stiff, but not totally unreachable victory target.

By the close Essex were still in the hunt at 161-4 with James Foster (28no) and Ryan ten Doeschate (18no) at the crease.

Day One

Essex slipped to 36-3 after Gloucestershire had been bowled out for 278 on a dramatic opening day at Southend.

The home side had appeared to be in the driving seat after their bowlers had put in an excellent all-round performance.

Ravi Bopara and Danish Kaneria both picked up three wickets while Alex Tudor claimed 2-48.

Gloucestershire's openers had ridden their luck in the early stages to put on 114.

However, Craig Spearman's departure for 75 led to a rapid decline in the visitors innings.

Opening partner Kadeer Ali (65) was the third wicket to go down and it was left to Ian Fisher (41) to get them a second batting point by passing 250.

Essex's reply got off to a shaky start, captain Mark Pettini falling for a golden duck.

They also lost Varun Chopra and Ravi Bopara before the close to leave themselves in a sticky situation heading into day two.

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