CALLUM Thorp and Graham Onions took a wicket each as Durham's bowlers made good use of the opportunity to bowl first in the Riversiders' opening County Championship match of 2012.
Phil Mustard won the toss and asked visitors Nottinghamshire to bat when play started late at 12.15pm because of rain.
The pair moved the new ball around nicely but not extravagantly and the first 20 deliveries of the match were all dots before Neil Edwards touched the ball into the legside for a single. He had not added to his score when he was late on one which lobbed out of the reach of mid-off, off the bowling of Onions.
It would be the last ball of the sixth over before Alex Hales became the first batsman to find the boundary, with a good shot through midwicket. The shackles broken, Edwards followed suit through the covers to the next delivery.
It was not long, though, before he was back in the pavilion. Having edged just in front of third slip Ben Stokes on six, Edwards had one more to his name when he was trapped lbw by Thorp.
Hales followed in the next over, a batsman who has caused Durham much angst in the past prodding forward to present a straight-forward catch to second slip Michael Di Venuto.
Mustard gave all four of his frontline seamers a bowl before lunch, and second-changes Stokes and Mitchell Claydon were on the mark straight away, opening with maidens.
Onions had bowled three maidens in his six overs, taking 1-12. Thorp's figures were 1-15. Impressively, there were no extras conceded in the 15-over session.
As the players went off for lunch - typically just as the first bright sunshine had burst through the clouds - Notts were 31-2. Samit Patel, in his first game back after England duty, was ten not out. Michael Lumb was on nine.
You can read a full report of the opening day's play in tomorrow's Journal, with further reaction in the Chronicle.