Steve Patterson on Yorkshire’s position in the game

“We’re pleased with the position we’re in. We’d have loved to get more wickets tonight, but fair play to them they played well.
“I think, two days of sun on the surface, it’s a slightly more placid pitch than it was on day one.
“But we’ve worked hard there, and if we come back in the morning and do a good job with the new ball, we’ll be confident of knocking them off.
“That’s first-class cricket. It’s hard – nothing comes easy. ?“We’ve worked hard for three days, and we’ll work hard for one more. We’re confident we can do the job.”

6.21pm – Close. James Bracey has reached an excellent unbeaten 112 to help Gloucestershire to 253-6, a lead of 104 at the end of the third day. Yorkshire remain on top, but plenty of work to do to secure victory. Gohar is also unbeaten on 21. Two wickets for Patterson.

6.04pm New ball taken with four overs remaining in the day. Fisher with it. Gloucestershire have moved to 242-6, a lead of 93. Bracey 110 and Gohar 12.

5.44pm What a game Hollie Armitage has just had for the Diamonds in the second of two T20 friendlies against the Central Sparks at Weetwood.

She’s taken 4-13 with her leg-spin to restrict Sparks to 122-7 before leading the chase with 56 not out. Nine-wicket win with almost five overs to spare. Bess Heath 46 not out.

Here at Bristol, Gloucester have moved to 226-6, a lead of 77. 10 overs remaining in the day. Bracey 106 and Gohar 8.

5.25pm WICKET! Thompson bowls Lace with one which shapes away. Beauty. He falls for 28. It’s 211-6, a Gloucestershire lead of 62. Bracey remains unbeaten on 103.

5.21pm Frustrating period for Yorkshire. Bracey and Lace have shared an unbroken 72 to take the home score to 210-5, a lead of 61.

Bracey, on 101, has just offered a sharp chance to Lyth at slip off Bess, one-handed diving to his left. Lace has 28.

5.08pm Hundred! Bracey gets to three figures off 172 balls with 11×4s. Fine knock. Gloucester have moved to 201-5, a lead of 52.

4.49pm Gloucester have advanced to 178-5 in the opening stages of the evening session. Bracey 86 and Lace 12. They lead by 29.

Tea Report Gloucestershire have moved into the lead at tea on day three at Bristol, but they are only just in credit for the loss of five wickets to leave Yorkshire on course for an LV= Insurance County Championship victory.

Haris Rauf, Steve Patterson and Dom Bess were all successful during a hard-fought afternoon which saw Gloucester advance from 56-2 in 16 overs to 162-5 from 52.

Trailing by 149 on first innings, they currently lead by 13.

James Bracey is key to the home side’s hopes of a revival having reached the break unbeaten on 77.

Rauf claimed the first wicket of the afternoon when he bowled Gloucester captain Graeme van Buuren (24) around his legs, with leg-stump flattened. That left the score at 74-3 after 24 overs.

Miles Hammond fell to Patterson shortly afterwards, pushing forwards and edging to Adam Lyth a second slip (84-4 in the 30th).

Bracey, with two Test caps for England to his name, then set about a recovery job with the help of Ryan Higgins, the pair sharing 54 for the fifth wicket.

Bracey held firm against Pakistan quick Rauf, who hit on flush on the helmet with a fearsome short ball just after he had reached a 102-ball half-century.

Thankfully for Yorkshire, there was further success when Bess had Higgins caught behind for 24 by Harry Duke off an under-edge, leaving the score at 138-5 in the 49th.

Bracey underwent a concussion check just after Gloucester had taken the lead, something he will be intent on building alongside Tom Lace this evening.

4.09pm. – Tea Gloucestershire 162-5 after 52 overs, leading by 13. Bracey 77 and Lace 5. Afternoon wickets for Rauf, Patterson and Bess. 32 overs remain in the day.

3.42pm WICKET Bess gets Higgins caught behind for 24, off an under-edge. Gloucestershire are 138-5, trailing by 11. Bracey 62.

3.22pm James Bracey has moved to 50 off 102 balls, including five fours. He has helped Gloucestershire to move within 30 of parity. They are 119-4.

3.09pm Gloucestershire have advanced to 110-4, trailing by 39. Patterson and Bess in operation at present as the sun continues to shine in Bristol.

Bracey has played nicely for 46 and has Higgins for company on 12.

2.38pm WICKET Patterson strikes to get Hammond, feeling for one outside off-stump, caught at second slip by Lyth for 2. Gloucestershire slip to 84-4, still trailing by 65.

Yorkshire well on their way now.

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