It was the turn of the Worcestershire bowlers to enjoy some success on the second day of the three-day clash with Cambridge University at Fenners after Tom Kohler-Cadmore's second century in four days.
Chris Russell, Graeme Cessford and skipper Joe Leach each picked up two victims as the students closed on 177-6 in reply to Worcestershire's 303-8 declared.
The county resumed on 248-5 from 69 overs and Leach, who was 46 not out overnight, completed his half-century.
Leach fell for 51 and then there were useful contributions from Brett D'Oliveira (23) and George Rhodes (22 not out) before the declaration after 67 overs.
Tom Fell collected three catches behind the stumps as Cambridge were reduced to 69-4 with Leach striking twice in the space of four balls.
But opener Jamie Abbott struck 63 off 128 balls with six fours and shared in a stand of 63 in 21 overs with Adil Arif before becoming Cessford's second success.
Then Russell trapped Zain Shazhad lbw for 27 with what proved to be the final ball of the day to leave Arif unbeaten on 43.
Russell finished with 2-59, Cessford 2-42 and Leach 2-14.
Kohler-Cadmore had followed his unbeaten 110 in a Second Eleven T20 encounter with Glamorgan at Kidderminster on Friday by reaching three figures off 165 balls with 15 fours.
Kohler-Cadmore was eventually dismissed for 110 made off 193 balls.
His efforts helped Worcestershire reach 248-5 of 69 overs by the close on a rain-shortened first day after skipper Leach, deputising for Daryl Mitchell, won the toss and decided to bat.
Kohler-Cadmore has played in the opening four LV = County Championship matches of the campaign against Hampshire, Kent, Derbyshire and Glamorgan after impressing during pre-season.
Matt Pardoe (1) was dismissed by Alastair Allchin after an opening stand of 36 in 12 overs with Kohler-Cadmore. Fell (23) added 46 with Kohler-Cadmore before he was caught behind by Patrick Tice off Arif.
Ross Whiteley struck a rapid 40 off 52 balls with three sixes and featured in a stand of 73 in 17.1 overs with Kohler Cadmore.
Kohler Cadmore brought up his 100 with a boundary off Shahzad in the 54th over. He was eventually fourth out at 235 after a stand of 80 in 22 overs with Leach.
Kohler-Cadmore was one of three players selected to face the students of the side which drew at the Swalec Stadium along with Pardoe and Whiteley.