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Gidman pushes Surrey towards loss

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY THREE: Surrey 183 and 136-3, Gloucestershire 523-7 declared
(Glos 8pts, Surrey 2pt)
2-5 September 2009

Alex Gidman
Gidman hit 25 fours and three sixes in his 227-ball 176

Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman hit a career-best 176 to leave Surrey needing to bat out the final day to avoid an innings defeat at Bristol.

The hosts began the day on 224-3 but saw Hamish Marshall (84) run out before Gidman and Chris Taylor (111) shared a fifth-wicket stand of 197.

This enabled Gloucestershire to declare on 523-7, a first-innings lead of 340.

Surrey then reached 136-3 at the close, to trail by 204, with debutant Arun Harinath unbeaten on 44.

In a morning session yielding 31 boundaries, Gidman and Marshall, who was dropped in the slips on 79, extended their fourth-wicket stand to 173.

But then Marshall was caught short of his ground, run out by a Rangana Herath direct hit.

Taylor, dropped before he had scored by Usman Afzaal off Jade Dernbach, and Gidman then punished some wayward bowling.

Gidman brought up his fourth Championship hundred of the season from 148 balls. But he was finally dismissed after lunch when, after offering a caught and bowled chance to Alex Tudor on 142, he reverse-swept Herath (2-116) to point.

Taylor continued, breezing to his ton from 97 balls. And, after he was bowled by Stuart Meaker, Gloucestershire added 29 more before declaring.

Surrey openers Jon Batty (40) and Michael Brown (39) then shared 75 for the first wicket, but fell to Marshall and Anthony Ireland respectively.

The out-of-form Stewart Walters was then trapped lbw by Ian Saxelby leaving 22-year-old Harinath as Surrey's best hope of saving the game.

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