Lancashire's return to the LV= County Championship top flight turned sour on the second day of their season opener against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Last year's Division Two champions were in grave danger of being asked to follow on as they were reduced to 77-6 in reply to Nottinghamshire's 272 all out.
Nottinghamshire's seamers made full use of a wicket that provided plenty of sideways movement after rain had delayed the start by three hours.
Medium-pacer Jake Ball grabbed the first wickets of his first-class career - former South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince his notable first scalp - to return 2-25.
New-ball pair Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney made the immediate inroads as Lancashire's openers departed to leave them 4-2.
Stand-in skipper Paul Horton made a 22-ball duck after he was lbw trying to turn a full Fletcher delivery through midwicket and next over a static Luis Reece feathered a catch behind off Gurney.
Andrea Agathangelou then saw his off stump sent cartwheeling when he shouldered arms to Andy Carter and Ball trapped Luke Procter to leave the Red Rose county tottering on 63-5.
Nottinghamshire were on a roll and when skipper Chris Read turned to Steven Mullaney's medium pace he prised out Alex Davies' off stump with his third ball.
The rain arrived shortly after to save Lancashire further embarrassment and no play was possible after tea as the clouds closed in.
Earlier, Lancashire had taken four balls to wrap up the Nottinghamshire innings for 272 - of which Samit Patel's 93 on the first day was increasingly looking more important.
Kabir Ali bowled last-man Gurney after two runs were added from the overnight total as England seamer James Anderson therefore finished with 5-55.
The second day of Sussex's clash meeting with Middlesex was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain at Hove.
With Sussex trailing Middlesex by 19 runs with seven wickets remaining after the visitors were bowled out for 105 on the opening day, wet ground conditions put paid to any hopes of play on Monday.