Gidman shows willing once again
Will Gidman impressed with bat and ball to put Gloucestershire firmly in control of their LV= County Championship Division Two contest against Kent at Canterbury.
Gidman, having resumed on 25, moved his total on to 56 as, combining impressively with Ed Young, he helped Gloucestershire to a first-innings total of 255.
The all-rounder then displayed his prowess with the ball, taking three quick wickets to help reduce Kent to 55 for five.
Darren Stevens hit back thereafter, but fell to Young for 54 as Gloucestershire ended the day on a high, with the hosts firmly on the back foot; they were 119 for six, 136 runs behind.
Only an hour’s play was possible before lunch, during which Gidman and Young got their heads down as the visitors progressed from their overnight 131 for six to 174 without further loss.
Gidman clipped Mark Davies through midwicket for the day’s first boundary and took the visitors past 150 with a cut four off Matt Coles. Two overs later, the 27-year-old glanced Stevens to the rope at fine-leg to bring up his fifty, which came in 107 deliveries.
Gidman was run out shortly after lunch when he set off for an optimistic single to Brendan Nash at cover. But that brought Paul Muchall to the crease and, with Young’s assistance, 50 runs were added for the eighth wicket.
In the third over with the new ball, Young drove Charlie Shreck for back-to-back fours, only for Davies to strike twice as many deliveries; he sent Muchall’s off stump cartwheeling before trapping Ian Saxelby leg before.
Young and David Payne put on 31 for Gloucestershire’s last wicket, the former moving to 47 by pulling Coles for six and, in the next over, bringing up a 105-ball half-century.
Payne eventually went leg before to Coles - who, much like Davies, finished with four wickets - leaving Young unbeaten on 55.
Kent soon found themselves in trouble, Rob Key being caught behind off Gidman just before tea for five.
After the break, Scott Newman lost his off stump to a ball from Payne that appeared to keep low, while Ben Harmison and Michael Powell departed in the space of three deliveries.
The former tickled Gidman through to Richard Coughtrie, who then pulled off a superb catch in front of first slip to account for the latter.
Nash, driving at Saxelby, was next to go caught behind, after which Stevens led the counter-attack by thriving, in particular, through the off side.
But, having brought up his fifty by smearing Saxelby past backward point for four, he was bowled by a Young delivery that turned sharply.