Skipper Gareth Andrew and opener George Rhodes were the major contributors with the bat for Worcestershire Seconds on the opening day of the Second Eleven Championship clash with Warwickshire Seconds at Coventry and North Warwickshire CC.

Worcestershire were put into bat on a rain-shortened day and reached 242-3 from 82 overs.

The start was delayed due to rain and only 20 minutes play was possible before play resumed at 2.25pm and continued for the remainder of the day.

Openers Matt Pardoe, a century-maker in the Second Eleven Trophy clash between the two sides on Monday, and Rhodes put on a patient 66 in 28 overs before the former on 28, made from 79 balls with three fours, was caught behind by keeper Peter McKay off Richie Lamb.

Will MacVicar (26) was caught at cover by Andy Umeed off Brinder Phagura after adding 39 with Rhodes.

Rhodes was then joined by Andrew for the major stand of the day – 121 in 41 overs.

Andrew had two slices of good fortune, being dropped by Jonathon Webb at second slip and again on 72 by McKay – both of them off JJ Bowker.

But he also hit three sixes and nine fours in making an unbeaten 89 off 149 balls.

Rhodes battled away for four and a half hours for his 72 from 224 deliveries with one six and five fours.

He was finally caught at mid-wicket by Umeed off Phagura with four overs remaining.

Worcestershire first innings: Pardoe c McKay b Lamb 28, Rhodes c Phagura b Umeed 72, MacVicar c Umeed b Phagura 26, Andrew not out 89, Hepburn not out 1. Extras 26. Total 242-3 (86 overs).

Bowling: Phagura 1-40, Lamb 1-37, Umeed 1-23.

FOW: 1-66, 2-105, 3-226.