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The mem­o­rable stand be­tween Ban­croft and Tay­lor frus­trated Kent just as they ap­peared to be tak­ing con­trol.

At 274-9 in their first in­nings, Glouces­ter­shire ap­peared to have thrown away the strong po­si­tion built by open­ers Ban­croft and Dent with their part­ner­ship of 141 af­ter the vis­i­tors had won the toss and elected to field.

But out marched Tay­lor to eclipse his pre­vi­ous best score of 32 not out, made against Es­sex at Chelms­ford back in 2014.

Cru­cially, he was dropped in the slips by Sean Dick­son early on, an er­ror which cost Kent dear. From then on Tay­lor and Ban­croft bat­ted with­out alarm on what looked a docile pitch for all but the new ball bowlers.

Their stand comfortably ex­ceeded Glouces­ter­shire’s pre­vi­ous best last-wicket stand against Kent, the 76 put to­gether by Tom Smith and Liam Nor­well at Can­ter­bury in 2014.

It also gave the home side mo­men­tum and Josh Shaw’s im­pres­sive spell at the end of day two built on it be­fore Joe Denly and Sam North­east launched a de­ter­mined Kent fight­back on day three.

Both passed 50 and 1,000 first class runs for the sea­son be­fore de­part­ing as the con­test swung one way, then an­other.

Nor­well bowled well with­out luck on the third morn­ing and the vis­it­ing bats­men were made to fight for ev­ery run.

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