James Anderson started the English summer with a bang with five wickets as Lancashire reduced Nottinghamshire to 270-9 on day one of the county season.
The Lancastrian swing bowler continued his love-affair with Trent Bridge with 5-54 as the Red Rose county made a promising start on their return to Division One.
Samit Patel starred for Notts with 93 in front of England's chairman of selectors James Whitaker, while Alex Hales also impressed with 61 batting at No 6.
Patel rescued Nottinghamshire from 20-3 after Anderson and new-ball partner Kabir Ali (2-65) immediately got to work in overcast conditions.
The Notts right-hander rode his luck at times, dropped by wicketkeeper Alex Davies on 71, and again after tea when a diving Luis Reece failed to hold on.
Patel was unable to turn his lives into a century though as he was strangled down the leg-side off Wayne White, much to his disgust.
Lancashire then made inroads into the home tail, Nottinghamshire lost 5-60 from Patel's exit, as Anderson's skill proved too much for them.
Ball well and truly dominated bat on the opening day at Hove as Sussex skittled Middlesex for 105 before then being reduced to 86-3.
Veterean seamer Jon Lewis, a winter acquisition from Surrey, bagged 4-34 on his Sussex bow as only three visiting batsmen made double figures.
Among Lewis' four wickets was Eoin Morgan, who saw his stumps shattered by a Yorker first ball, while another England Test hopeful, Sam Robson, made only 11.
Matt Prior was handed a reprieve in the Sussex reply when dropped by Toby Roland-Jones off the bowling of England colleague Steven Finn and went on to reach the close unbeaten on 32.