Durham have edge over Nottinghamshire thanks to Onions
|County Championship Division One, Emirates Durham ICG (day one):|
|Nottinghamshire 161 v Durham 55-3|
|Durham 3pts, Notts 1pt|
Graham Onions was the star as Durham had the better of Nottinghamshire.
Notts, who scored only were dismissed for 161 with England seamer Onions taking 4-42.
The visitors slumped to 38-4, with Samit Patel making 13, but recovered thanks to a stand of 66 between James Taylor (32) and Chris Read (28).
Notts hit back with the ball led by Andre Adams (2-8) as Durham closed on 55-3, trailing by 106 runs.
Adams, Nottinghamshire's top wicket-taker of the last two seasons, had both Will Smith and Mark Stoneman caught in the slips.
The latter came into the Durham team in place of Paul Collingwood, who has a virus.
Earlier, Onions was the standout performer with the ball, but Mitchell Claydon justified his inclusion ahead of Steve Harmison and Liam Plunket, by taking 3-33.
VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:
"Captains Phil Mustard and Chris Read resembled expectant fathers as they waited for the covers to be rolled back this morning.
"A wicket with a green tinge was revealed and crucially Durham won the toss, so Notts batted in difficult conditions.
"The temperature hovered around 6C and the threat of rain never seemed far away. It was more like winter than spring.
"Nottinghamshire's 161 all out gave Durham a major boost but, by the close, it was honours even as they lost three quick wickets.
"It's a hard one to call and Notts will certainly feel after a poor day with the bat their bowlers have kept them in this one."