DAY 4 Close: Kent 231 & 266 beat Gloucestershire 166 and 255 by 76 runs (PTS: Kent 18 Glos 3)
Gloucestershire were defeated on the fourth morning at Beckenham as the failure of their batting cost them a match that they could easily have won.
Only amassing 421 runs on a flat hard deck was a very poor effort and while the bowling attack has now progressed into a successful unit, the batting has now become the shortfall of this team.
Players with quality are not scoring the runs required and many got themselves out in this match; the type of which will need to be converted into victories if Glos are to achieve promotion and then success into division one.
The morning got off to the worst possible start as Vikram Banerjee played a back-foot drive into silly point's thigh, the ball rebounded to present gully with a simple catch. Then Snell shouldered arms and was given out LBW to completely remove any thought of victory for the Shire.
But Jon Lewis played the innings of the match to provide some entertainment for the visitors. His 61 from 49 balls was achieved with 52 in boundaries and included some lovely strokes, but the removal of James Franklin prevented further Lewis hitting as Steve Kirby edged his third ball to second slip.
The match was lost with the Kent 10th wicket stand yesterday, but such a poor batting display meant that Glos were up against it for the majority of this match.