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Star skipper keeps cool; KENT v GLOUCESTERSHIRE.

AN unbeaten half-century from Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman kept his side in control of their LV= County Championship Division Two game at Kent as they closed day three with a 296-run lead.

Alex Gidman kept his concentration despite three rain breaks which led to the loss of 23 overs to post 60 as Gloucestershire finished the penultimate day in Canterbury on 191 for three.

The visiting skipper featured in a stand of 47 with Richard Coughtrie (40) and an unbroken 94 with fourth-wicket partner Hamish Marshall (55 not out).

Coughtrie's 135-minute vigil ended in fading light with a top-edged sweep to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones soon after tea but, with the floodlights on, New Zealander Marshall enlivened proceedings with a 64-ball 50 to keep Alex Gidman company through to stumps.

Resuming on 119 for six, the hosts proceeded to lose their last four wickets for 31 runs.

The rot started with the loss of three wickets for two runs in the space of 19 balls as Will Gidman returned figures of five for 43. England tourist James Tredwell was the first to go, dragging one from Gidman on to leg stump, before Coles ran himself out.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 22, 2012
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