County Championship: Sussex beat Gloucestershire by eight wickets
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Bristol County Ground (day four):|
|Gloucestershire 200 & 243: Dent 72; Rawlins 3-36|
|Sussex 370 & 74-2: Salt 30*, Van Zyl 30*|
|Sussex (23 pts) beat Gloucestershire (4 pts) by eight wickets|
Sussex wrapped up a comfortable victory against Division Two promotion rivals Gloucestershire on the final day.
The hosts resumed their second innings on 197-6 in Bristol, leading by just 27, and were all out for 243.
Sussex knocked off their target with Phil Salt and Stiaan van Zyl (both 30 not out) steering them to 74-2 and an eight-wicket victory.
Gloucestershire slip to third, while Sussex move up to fifth, 11 points adrift of a promotion place.
Two of Northants, Gloucestershire, Durham, Sussex and Glamorgan are now likely to join already-promoted Lancashire in Division One next season.
Sussex are away to Derbyshire next week, while Gloucestershire make the short trip to face Worcestershire at New Road.
Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie told BBC Sussex:
"I think our bowling and fielding efforts in both innings were fantastic.
"On this surface, if you can get a bit of a lead it was going to be hard for Gloucestershire to get back into the game.
"We could've possibly got a score in excess of 400. I was probably nit-picking a little bit.
"But overall, (I'm) pleased to beat a side of the quality of Gloucestershire, who were second on the table before this fixture. It's a very satisfying performance."