Andre Adams enjoyed a fine day as Nottinghamshire dominated the first day of their LV= County Championship Division One match against Lancashire at Liverpool.
The New Zealand veteran, who celebrates his 39th birthday on Thursday, took 4-45 and clung on to a couple of fine catches as Glen Chapple’s men were dismissed for 225 inside 70 overs.
He then watched from the pavilion as Nottinghamshire’s top-order batsmen replied with 69 for one by close of play.
In the morning session the visiting seamers made good use of the opportunity of bowling first on a helpful Aigburth pitch and reduced Lancashire to 45 for four inside 19 overs.
Andrea Agathangelou - surprisingly preferred to Alex Davies as opener - was the first to go, caught by wicketkeeper Chris Read off Luke Fletcher.
Five overs later Usman Khawaja’s uncertain 15-ball innings was ended when Adams induced a leading edge and Steven Mullaney’s catch in the gully sent the Australia Test batsman back to the pavilion for a duck.
Paul Horton had defied Read’s attack for 73 minutes in scoring 17 when left-arm seamer Harry Gurney pushed one across him and Read pouched the edge.
Five balls later the impressive Adams squared Ashwell Prince up and fourth slip Mullaney scooped up a good catch.
Steven Croft and Jos Buttler saw their side to 81 for four without further loss, although Croft should have been caught by Samit Patel for three when he edged a chance off Adams.
The Lancashire pair’s enterprising strokeplay dominated the play immediately after lunch and the fifth-wicket stand was worth 80 when Croft’s tentative push to Fletcher only gave a straightforward catch to Alex Hales at second slip. He made 31.
Buttler’s clean hitting had offered encouragement to the home supporters but the former Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed after reaching an 83-ball fifty when he carelessly drove Gurney to Adams at mid-off.
By now the Aigburth wicket was easing a little and Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple made good use of those conditions by making a cleanly-struck 38 which included a fine straight six off Patel.
However, the slow left-armer exacted his revenge four overs later when Chapple clipped him to James Taylor at midwicket.
After going into tea on 212 for seven, Lancashire lost their last three wickets for 13 runs in fewer than six overs after the resumption.
Peter Siddle had Hogg well caught one-handed by a diving Adams at mid-off and the 38-year-old completed his fine day by removing Tom Smith for 32 and Simon Kerrigan for a duck. Kerrigan later had the consolation of being called into England's squad for the second Investec Test against India.
Nottinghamshire openers Mullaney and Hales began their side’s reply by putting on 20 before Hales was plumb lbw to Kyle Hogg in the 10th over of the innings.
Mullaney and Michael Lumb steered their side into a strong position at the close, although Lancashire’s fielders had only themselves to blame as they dropped the former three times in his innings of 48 not out.
Kabir Ali, Horton and Hogg were the offending fielders and Chapple’s men probably know that they cannot afford any more such errors if they are to prevent Read’s title-chasing team from building a significant first-innings lead.
"We're a bit behind in the game," acknowledged Lancashire's Buttler.
"It looked an okay wicket in the last two sessions and it would have helped if we'd got through the first session a little bit more unscathed.
"But it seamed around early on and they bowled well. We also got out in some soft ways in the last two sessions and we have to be critical of ourselves in that respect."
Adams thought his side could have done better, and said: "We could have bowled them out for 150 if we'd caught our catches but we'll take the score we've got.
"We didn't really know what to expect when we got here but now we'll be looking to bat through the day tomorrow.
"Phil Jaques has emphasised responsibility to us this season and I thought that showed in the way we batted tonight."