LV County Championship - Division Two
Kent 264 (S J Cook 60 no, R W T Key 50, J E C Franklin 5-30, J Lewis 4-50) & 265-9 (S A Northeast 128 no) v Gloucestershire 552 (S J Adshead 114, J E C Franklin 104, H J H Marshall 87, C G Taylor 69)
Gloucestershire (22pts) beat Kent (4pts) by an innings and 23 runs
Gloucestershire wrapped up their sixth LV County Championship victory of the season at Bristol on Friday, but still missed out on promotion.
Northamptonshire's victory over Leicestershire meant Gloucestershire could not the grab runners-up spot in Division Two, despite beating the title winners.
But they still finished the season on a high on the field, after Steve Adshead's 114 had boosted their first innings total to 552 all out.
That gave Gloucestershire a lead of 288 and, despite teenager Sam Northeast carrying his bat in making 128 not out - his maiden century for Kent - the visitors collapsed to 265 all out to lose by an innings and 23 runs.
England Under-19 player Northeast and skipper Rob Key had started the reply well, getting up to 101 for the fall of the first wicket, but once Key was bowled by Steve Kirby for 46, Kent batted as though they had nothing to play for.
The exception was the promising Northeast, but he received scant support as a sequence of over-ambitious shots led to wickets. The third highest score was last man Amjad Khan's 29, while Geraint Jones was unable to bat because of a neck problem.
Kirby claimed two for 54 to finish the season with 64 first class wickets, while Lewis (two for 45) ended with 56.
James Franklin's replacement Anthony Ireland, who was not due to play in the match, took two for 91 and Hamish Marshall two for 53.
Gloucestershire earned 22 points to Kent's four, but ultimately paid the price for losing too many games (six) and not batting consistently enough.
James Franklin scored his ninth first-class century as Gloucestershire batted throughout the second day against Kent at Bristol to reach 439-5 in their first innings, a lead of 175.
Resuming at 21-0 in reply to Kent's 264, Hamish Marshall initially led the way with 87 off 86 balls.
Marshall's good work was built on by Chris Taylor (69) and Franklin as Gloucestershire moved into credit before tea.
Taylor fell early in the final session but Franklin and Steven Adshead compiled an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 144 through to the close.
Franklin, who had taken 5-30 with the ball on day one, finished unbeaten on 104, including 14 fours and two sixes, while Adshead's contribution was 86 off 98 deliveries.
James Franklin took a season's best five for 30 and Jon Lewis chipped in with four wickets as Kent were shot out for 264 at Bristol.
The New Zealand all-rounder took three wickets in 17 balls as the visitors slumped from 101 for one before Alex Blake (47) and Simon Cook (60 not out) gave their total a respectable look.
Alex Gidman put Kent in on a pitch that looked likely to assist the seamers, and Lewis had Sam Northeast caught in the slips for seven before rain brought a delay and an early lunch.
Rob Key and Geraint Jones took the score on and the former scored a fluent 50 with 10 fours before edging Lewis to Steve Adshead, and Franklin then made his mark.
The Kiwi saw Darren Stevens shoulder arms to a straight one, had Jones caught behind for 44 and then had James Hockley lbw, also offering no stroke.
Ian Saxelby weighed in to remove Justin Kemp for 21 before Blake went on the counter, hitting nine fours in a career-best score and dominating a stand of 42 with James Tredwell.
The latter had made just six when he was caught at short leg off Lewis, before Cook changed the course of events with the knock of the day.
Hitting the ball to all parts, he picked up 10 fours and two maximums, reaching his half-century in just 35 balls with a six off Richard Dawson.
Knowing they needed batting points to stand a chance of being runners-up in Division Two, Gloucestershire brought the ropes in with the result that threequarters of their runs were scored in boundaries.
But Franklin continued to make the ball swing and he bowled Matthew Coles and had Amjad Khan lbw to end the innings, although the hosts may not have the services of Steve Kirby in the second innings after he limped off with sore shins.
Openers Kadeer Ali and Will Porterfield took the reply to 21-0 before bad light ended play 14 overs early.