LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO, Derby:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY THREE:
Gloucestershire 242 & 403, Derbyshire 345 & 5-0
Derbyshire 6 pts, Gloucestershire 4 pts
Bristol's Chris Dent played for England Under-19s in the World Cup in January
Gloucestershire teenager Chris Dent fell just two runs short of a maiden first-class century to leave his side's game against Derbyshire finely poised.
The 19-year-old, playing in only his sixth first-class game, hit 98 off just 85 balls, including two sixes.
The visitors were all out for 403, Greg Smith taking 3-54, while Tim Groenewald, Tom Lungley and Atif Sheikh took two wickets each.
Derbyshire closed on 5-0, requiring another 296 to win on the final day.
The day started in dramatic fashion when former Derbyshire wicket-keeper Jamie Pipe, now the county's physio, found himself behind the timbers again when Tom Poynton came down with a bug.
Pipe was on the field for the first half hour while Lee Goddard drove back from a second team game in Cardiff.
It took Derbyshire longer to remove nightwatchman Steve Kirby, who stayed at the crease for nearly an hour for his 13.
He helped Kadeer Ali (74) take his team to within one run of wiping out the home side's 103-run lead before flashing wildly at Groenewald.
The balance of power shifted between lunch and tea when Gloucestershire's middle order feasted on a ripe assortment of half-volleys to score 173 in the session.
Dent completed his maiden first-class fifty off only 41 balls before driving Robin Peterson for six and pulling Sheikh over the square leg boundary, before his attacking instincts cost him a hundred.
Derbyshire had baited the trap with three fielders back for the pull and Dent fell into it when he lofted Sheikh into Peterson's hands at deep mid-wicket.
Gloucestershire were only 178 on at that stage, but Alex Gidman (42), Hamish Marshall (40), James Franklin (37) and Jon Lewis (34) made sure their bowlers would have a decent total to defend.