Steven Mullaney made 68 for Nottinghamshire to ensure honours ended about even on the opening day of their LV= County Championship clash with Surrey at Trent Bridge.
The hosts eventually finished the day on 273-9 with two batting bonus points in the bag, thanks in no small part to Mullaney who helped guide the lower order towards respectability after Surrey's pace bowlers had enjoyed the first two sessions.
England one-day duo Stuart Meaker (four) and Jade Dernbach (two) weighed in with six wickets, while Tim Linley claimed the other three to fall - including that of Mullaney shortly before the close.
Alex Hales was the first man to go for Nottinghamshire, dismissed in the opening exchanges as Dernbach emphatically uprooted two of his stumps.
Ed Cowan provided dogged resistance, battling through all but the final seven minutes of the morning session in making just 15 from 82 deliveries, but then became the first of Meaker's victims as he lost his off-stump.
Michael Lumb made his way to 44 before falling to the same bowler but a stand of 60 between James Taylor - skippering his side in the absence of injured Chris Read - and Samit Patel threatened to turn the tide back towards Notts before both fell to Linley.
Patel stroked six boundaries in his 35 before nicking to first slip and his partner, overlooked by England for the first Test against New Zealand, followed after a thick inside edge onto the stumps.
Meaker's pace then accounted for both Wessels and Franks but Mullaney and Ajmal Shahzad stalled the visitors' progress in adding 66 together.
Shahzad faced 84 balls before falling to Dernbach and Surrey ended the day by also removing Mullaney, who had reached his 50 from 95 deliveries, with a six, six fours and a fortuitous five, after a wild throw from Rory Burns beat Arun Harinath, who was backing up.