Meanwhile, Ireland Academy go into the final day of their four-day game against Gloucestershire II with a lead of 26 but just six second innings wickets standing.

The loss of Jack Tector, 14 overs before the close, leaves the Academy with a big task today after the county’s last two wickets added 114, to give them a lead of 82 on first innings.

Graham Hume, who conceded barely two runs an over, was on a hat-trick, while Brigade’s Ross Allen was nearly as economicial with figures of 1-82 from a marathon 34 overs.

SCORES - Bristol CC: Ireland Academy 289 (N Rock 57, C McLoughlin-Gavin 51, G Hume 47, N McGuire 34, M Thompson 34; M Taylor 5-30) and 108-4 (J Tector 44, R Allen 31) Gloucestershire 2nd XI 371 (G Roderick 83, B Charlesworth 77, T Price 77, M Taylor 50, G Hankins 31; G Hume 3-45, M Thompson 3-64). Close Day 3 (of 4).