Champions Nottinghamshire made to struggle at Worcester
|LV County Championship Division One, New Road|
|Close, day one: Nottinghamshire 223, Worcestershire 77-2|
|Worcestershire 3 pts, Nottinghamshire 1 pt|
Bottom club Worcestershire had arguably their best day of the summer so far as they bowled out county champions Nottinghamshire at New Road.
The visitors were all out for 223, Riki Wessels hitting 67 on his Championship debut as Damien Wright (3-40) and Alan Richardson (3-84) did the damage.
Former Worcestershire skipper Vikram Solanki then hit a bright half century.
But he departed just before the close for 52 as the home side, out to avoid a seventh straight defeat, ended on 77-2.
After poor first-innings performances against Sussex and Warwickshire, Notts secured their first batting bonus point in three matches, mainly thanks to Wessels.
He easily outscored his three partners, Akhil Patel, elder brother Samit and Mark Wagh, who all made single figure scores.
When Wessels departed after hitting 10 fours and a six in his 83-ball knock, Notts were in trouble on 91-4 with Richardson and Gareth Andrew (2-44) taking the first four wickets to fall.
Adam Voges, who will be replaced in the four-day game by fellow Australian David Hussey once the FL t20 campaign is over, made 31 in his last Championship match.
He put on 48 with Steven Mullaney (25) but both were caught behind off the bowling of Wright, as part of on-loan wicketkeeper Ben Scott's haul of five dismissals.
Chris Read (37) added 47 for the seventh wicket with Paul Franks, before Andre Adams smashed three successive fours off Richardson and a six off Moeen Ali, whose off spin accounted for the last two wickets.
When the home side batted, Notts then lost Darren Pattinson to injury after he had bowled just 10 balls.
But Charlie Shreck soon accounted for James Cameron. And, although Solanki's 52 off 53 balls contained eight fours and a six, Andre Adams got one to keep low to trap him leg before.
CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY
BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley:
"A few eyebrows were raised when Worcestershire signed Damien Wright but, once again, the blond-haired Aussie gave it everything and got his reward, backed up by the ever-reliable Alan Richardson.
"Wright is due to retire after the end of his spell at New Road but says he would like to return and I'm sure he would be made welcome.
"An interesting pitch and, with the overhead conditions, batting was never easy, but Vikram Solanki provided some of the best entertainment of he day before getting a 'skidder' from Andre Adams."