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Will Gidman finished with five for 61 as Lancashire’s cricketers declared their first innings on 310 for eight on the third day of the LV=County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

The visitors earned a third batting point to close in further on the Division Two championship after starting the day on 292 for seven. Oliver Newby secured it with a boundary off the final ball of the 110th over,

By then Gidman had claimed his fifth wicket, clean bowling Tom Smith, who failed to add to his overnight score of 88.

After eight overs bad light and rain intervened, forcing the players off until a 4.30pm restart.

A further 25 overs remained to be bowled in the day, which saw Gloucestershire reach 90 for three.

Gidman is now on 49 first class wickets for the season. The all-rounder claimed ten in the previous Championship game with Leicestershire and is finishing the season in top form.

He dismissed Smith with the fifth ball of the day, uprooting a stump. The batsman had faced 219 deliveries and hit 13 fours in helping his side recover from 105 for four on the previous day.

Lancashire were 293 for eight at the end of the 107th over, needing a further seven runs off 18 balls to achieve a third batting point.

That came down to four off the 110th over, bowled by Matt Taylor. Newby and Kyle Hogg both took singles before Newby, having surprisingly played no shot to the fifth delivery, pulled the sixth to the mid-wicket boundary.

Bad light interrupted play at just after 11am and then persistent rain set in. Umpires Peter Willey and Mark Benson inspected at 3.45pm and gave the go-ahead for a resumption 45 minutes later, at which point Lancashire declared.