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Gidman fires from start to finish

Will Gidman had Gloucestershire members reaching for the record books after batting and bowling his side to victory by an innings and 138 runs inside three days in a one-sided LV= County Championship contest with Leicestershire at Bristol.

Enjoying outstanding form at the end of the season, Gidman became the first Gloucestershire player to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match for 36 years.

Having claimed career-best figures of 6-15 and registered 143 in the first innings, Gloucestershire's in-form all-rounder took 4-28 to finish with remarkable match figures of 10-43 as Leicestershire were dismissed for 261 in their second innings.

The last Gloucestershire player to achieve that feat was Mike Procter, who scored 108 and claimed 13-73 against Worcestershire at Cheltenham in 1977.

But it was a match to forget for lowly Leicestershire, who have now suffered innings defeats in four of their last five Division Two outings.

Having seen off the new ball the previous evening, Ned Eckersley picked up where he left off to raise a half-century from just 47 balls after Leicestershire resumed on 60 for one this morning.

He produced some classic cover drives while accruing 14 fours and a six, and three figures appeared to be his for the asking, especially when he was dropped in the gully on 79 by Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger off Benny Howell.

But Tom Smith ensured the skipper's lapse was not a costly one, the slow left-armer extracting turn to bowl Eckersley for 84 a few overs later.

Having played second fiddle in a stand of 130 in 33 overs with Eckersley, Angus Robson was one run short of a maiden first-class fifty when Gidman located his outside edge and Gareth Roderick took a routine catch behind the stumps to reduce the visitors to 155 for three shortly before lunch.

Gloucestershire made further inroads after the interval as Smith struck with the first ball of his second spell, pinning visiting captain Matthew Boyce lbw for 19.

Craig Miles had the out-of-sorts Josh Cobb caught at the wicket for six and Shiv Thakor was run out for 17 by Howell's throw from backward point following a comical mix-up.

Smith then returned at the Pavilion End to remove James Sykes, who was drawn onto the front foot and caught behind for six as the visitors subsided to 218 for seven.

Gloucestershire took the new ball after tea and Gidman struck almost immediately to remove Ben Raine in the act of driving, with Klinger making a difficult catch appear straightforward at third slip.

Gidman bowled Matthew Hoggard for a duck in his next over from the Ashley Down Road End, at which point he had taken 9-39 to eclipse his previous best match figures of 9-114.

He bagged his 10th wicket in emphatic fashion, bowling Ollie Freckingham for 30, to bring matters to a premature conclusion.

Fourth-placed Gloucestershire's fourth win of the campaign yielded a maximum 24 points, while rock-bottom Leicestershire took two.

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