England seamer James Anderson survived an injury scare in his first County Championship appearance of the season while international team-mates Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann both risked dissent charges on an eventful first day between Division One champions Lancashire and Nottinghamshire.
Lancashire paceman Anderson was taken to hospital for X-rays after sustaining two blows to his right thumb in the morning session at Old Trafford, but got away with bruising instead of the feared fracture and was able to bowl again in the afternoon.
He spent two further periods off the field as the game progressed, however, receiving ice treatment and applying strapping to the affected hand at the start of the evening’s play.
Notts duo Broad and Swann, also making their first appearances of the season, both reacted less than magnanimously after being given out to Simon Kerrigan.
Broad, fit again after a calf injury, contested a bat-pad catch by Steven Croft after he was dismissed for a golden duck, and Swann lingered at the crease after being given lbw, suggesting he had hit the ball.
A fourth England international, Samit Patel, had a more satisfactory day – pushing his case for the first Test against the West Indies on May 17 with 69 in his side’s 169 all out. The hosts lost Paul Horton for 24 in the last over before stumps at 48-1.
In yesterday’s other Division One meeting, Ian Bell made an unbeaten 59 as Warwickshire struggled to 116-5 in reply to Durham’s 163.
Bell shone in front of watching England batting coach Graham Thorpe where others – including Jonathan Trott, who made just two – struggled on a day dominated by the bowlers.
Darren Maddy was the only other Warwickshire man in double figures with 35, matching Durham’s top-scorer Ben Stokes.
South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen struck a superb 145 against his old county Glamorgan but Essex threw away the early initiative on the first day of their Division Two game at Cardiff.
After Essex were asked to bat, England opener Alastair Cook could only make nine in his first championship match of the season and his fellow international Ravi Bopara was then out for a third-ball duck.
Essex declared their innings on 259-9 but Glamorgan saw out the remaining three overs to reach stumps on one without loss.
Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen’s first century in almost a year helped his side to a strong position against Gloucestershire as they reached the close on 362-9.
Madsen made 101 while Wes Durston added 68 and Dan Redfern 55, taking advantage of some sloppy fielding and poor bowling from Gloucestershire.