DAY 2 Close: Gloucestershire 319-6 v Essex 300 (PTS: Glos 6, Essex 5)
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A record stand for any wicket at Garon Park has rescued Gloucestershire from a position of struggle into one of supremacy as James Franklin and Steve Adshead dominated the second afternoon.
James Franklin played the innings of the season as he made 92 imperious runs before confusingly walking off for bad light with a century at his mercy, but it was his control and acceleration that was impressive in hauling the Shire back into this game.
Two huge slog-swept sixes off Danish Kaneria demonstrated how Franklin asserted himself on the bowling and he provided the platform for Adshead to quietly accumulate and cash in on pitch where batsmen should be expected to fill their boots.
Hamish Marshall, Alex Gidman and Chris Taylor had all fell in dreadful fashion. They were extremely poor dismissals that demonstrated the team's recent poor form with the bat but it was fantastic rearguard action that rescued Glos.
A lead of 19 and four wickets left is a platform for the Shire to build a lead tomorrow and work themselves into a winnable position.
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