Worcestershire named an unchanged eleven for their LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Chris Read won the toss for the home side and elected to bowl first in overcast conditions.
Daryl Mitchell and James Cameron made a steady start against the new ball and took the opening partnership past the 50 mark in the 12th over. Andre Adams made the break through for the home side in the 15th over when James Cameron was caught low down at 1st slip by Alex Hales for 25. Worcestershire lost their next wicket in the very next over when Vikram Solanki was caught at 3rd slip by Adam Voges for 3 off the bowling of Charlie Shreck.
The visitors looked to be deeper in trouble when Moeen Ali was bowled by Adams without scoring in the 16th over but Daryl Mitchell and Alexei Kervezee saw Worcestershire safely to lunch with the score on 92-3.
Two wickets fell early in the afternoon session within 10 balls of each other, both off the bowling of Andre Adams and both catches to Chris Read. Daryl Mitchell made 41 and Alexei Kervezee 30. The catch to dismiss Kervezee was very well taken by Read, just at the time Kervezee was looking to build on a solid start to his innings.
The fact that these were the only wickets to fall in the session was due to a steady 6th wicket partnership between Matt Pardoe and Gareth Andrew. Only 76 runs were scored in the session but it did enable Worcestershire to reach tea with the score on 168-5 with some sensible batting and ensuring no more wickets fell cheaply. The Nottinghamshire bowlers bowled well in the early overcast conditions and made batting tricky at times but were let down throughout the innings by a series of missed catches, mostly in the slip cordon. Andre Adams in particular was difficult to play finishing with figures of 4-57 in 21 overs.
After the tea interval the partnership continued for another 8 overs and was worth 93 runs before Gareth Andrew was caught in the gully by Andre Adams off the bowling of Samit Patel. After a patient innings of 48 stretching over 106 deliveries it was perhaps a disappointing way to get out.
Ben Cox was dismissed for 5, just before the new ball was due, giving Chris Reed his 3rd catch of the innings. Matt Pardoe and Damien Wright saw Worcestershire safely to the close of play with the score on 253-7 with an unbeaten 8th wicket stand of 43 with Wright on 32* and Pardoe on 56*.
Matt Pardoe made his second First Class fifty in a composed innings which has lasted for 187 deliveries already, over almost two complete sessions. Worcestershire finished the day on 253-7 and perhaps if they can stretch the score towards the 300 mark it will represent a good score and may leave the home side regretting the missed catches.
Close of Play Day 1: Worcestershire 253-7.