Seamers flourish at Trent Bridge
Bowlers reigned supreme at Trent Bridge on the opening day of the new LV= County Championship season as 20 wickets fell in the clash between Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire.
The home side would have feared the worst when they were asked to bat first and could only muster 118 all out, visiting paceman Richard Jones claiming 6-32.
But a defiant unbeaten 51 from Paul Franks was to prove important for Notts as their seam attack hit back strongly to restrict Worcestershire to 130 in reply.
It leaves the game interestingly poised and unlikely to go the distance, although poor batting, rather than the state of the pitch, is largely to blame for its advanced state.
Worcestershire enjoyed near-instant success as Alex Hales nicked Alan Richardson to slip from the fourth ball of the day.
Michael Lumb, making his competitive debut for Nottinghamshire, was undone by an away-swinger from left-armer David Lucas and Jones then took two wickets in three balls to remove another Notts new boy in James Taylor and Riki Wessels, before adding home skipper Chris Read to his list of victims.
Franks and Neil Edwards, who contributed a battling 21, joined forces to add 40 for the sixth wicket, but the latter fell on the cusp of lunch, leg before to Moeen Ali.
Graeme White briefly kept Franks company long enough for the latter to go to fifty from 81 balls, with seven boundaries.
However, Jones then returned to snare three more wickets for the addition of just three runs, wrapping up the Notts innings inside 42 overs.
Worcestershire were no more convincing when they came to bat, with Ben Phillips, who picked up 3-29, leading the hosts’ fightback.
The former Somerset man played just one four-day game last season and returned 0-139, but today he took his first three LV= County Championship wickets for Notts, including that of Daryl Mitchell to set the ball rolling.
Andre Adams showed he had lost none of the skill that has seen him capture over 60 wickets in each of the previous two seasons by accounting for Mooen and James Cameron, both caught behind by Read.
Luke Fletcher chipped in with the scalps of Australian overseas player Michael Klinger, who top scored for Worcestershire with 29, Alexei Kervezee and David Lucas, while Franks picked up Shaaiq Choudhry and last man Richardson.
Even so, former Notts man Lucas stuck around long enough to ensure Worcestershire secured a 12-run lead going into day two.