Broad and Pattinson serve notice of Nottinghamshire's intent

County Championship Round-up: Stoneman's fine start (1:04)

ESPNcricinfo brings the best of the opening day of the County Championship as Mark Stoneham launched his Surrey career in style and Yorkshire too charge against Hampshire (1:04)

Nottinghamshire 52 for 1 (Lumb 20*, Libby 10*) trail Leicestershire 251 (Cosgrove 57, Broad 3-45, Pattinson 3-55) by 199 runs

Stuart Broad and James Pattinson represent as formidable an opening attack as has taken the field at Grace Road for some little time, and Nottinghamshire's international pairing duly prospered as the visitors ended the first day of their opening County Championship match of the season in a strong position against Leicestershire.

The fact that early morning sunshine had been replaced by heavy grey cloud made Notts' skipper Chris Read's decision to exercise the away team's right to bowl first an easy one, and Broad made an immediate breakthrough, though good fortune was a factor as Paul Horton tried to leave his sixth delivery only for the ball to clip the inside edge and cannon on to leg stump.

Pattinson, making his championship debut, then produced a quick delivery to trap Colin Ackermann leg before, the ball seaming back just enough to beat the South African's defensive push, and former Leicestershire left-armer Harry Gurney pressed home the advantage. Teenage opener Harry Dearden had batted solidly in going to 12, but fenced at a delivery just outside off stump to edge a catch behind.

Gurney picked up his second wicket when an inswinger knocked Mark Pettini's off stump out of the ground, and though Lewis Hill looked in good touch, hitting five boundaries in racing to 24, Pattinson's return saw him steer a short, wide delivery in the over before lunch straight to point. Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove, watching on 40 not out, was not impressed.

The clouds were beginning to clear when Ned Eckersley was beaten for pace and leg before to Broad. Cosgrove brought up his fifty, including nine fours, off 70 balls, but soon afterwards drove at a Broad delivery and edged a catch behind to Chris Read. Read's 1,000th first class catch was a suitably outstanding effort, picked up low and tumbling to his left.

Zak Chappell batted well to reach 30 before edging to second slip, but Ben Raine was joined by Clint McKay, and with conditions improving with every passing hour, the ninth-wicket pair dug in, compiling a partnership of 81.

Had Ackermann not dropped Michael Lumb at second slip off Chappell on 0, shortly after the promising Chappell had dismissed Greg Smith, Leicestershire would have finished the day with their tails up. As it was, for all the Foxes' tail wagged, the Notts batsmen will relish the prospect of building a big first-innings score on what looks a very good track.

"They'll be the happiest," Leicestershire's Rain admitted at the close. "It's a very good pitch, and we wanted a lot more than that to be honest. I felt I was playing a pretty scrappy knock, I was hitting it like a toilet really, but I know we had to get up to somewhere around 250, it would be something to bowl at.

"Zak [Chappell] and Clint [McKay] played very positively, and we scraped up to a total that keeps us in the game. There's something there if we bowl well, and if we can hit them hard in the morning we will still be in it."

"I think we'd have taken 251 beforehand, though we got ourselves into a really good position early," said Read. "The ball seemed to go a bit soft and they put up some stiff resistance lower down the order.

"I can see James [Pattinson] getting a fair few wickets for us - he bowls full, he swings it and he bowls a really lively pace."