Another Surrey match and another chance – his third of the season – for Mark Ramprakash to score the hundredth hundred of his first class career.
Again there was a buzz when Surrey won the toss and opted to bat. There was still that feeling around the ground that Surrey fans did not care how few runs openers Scott Newman and Mark Butcher scored, they want The Man to be out there, in the middle.
And shortly before midday their wish was granted when Newman pushed at one from Tim Bresnan and edged the ball to the wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy.
Butcher had been moved up the order in place of the out-of-form Jon Batty, the Surrey wicketkeeper and Newman’s regular first wicket partner.
Ramprakash was not the assured presence at the crease that he usually is. He got off the mark with a streaky four to fine third man, he also edged Tim Bresnan just short of first slip not long after.
Yorkshire debutant Oliver Hannon-Dalby, a gangling 6ft 8in streak of teenager looked useful and Ramprakash found the 18-year-old too awkward to score readily off him.
But gradually Ramprakash settled down, he did not try to force the pace not even when he was becalmed on 25 for a quarter of an hour or so. He and Butcher eased Surrey to three figures by the interval and the pair of them looked well set to spend the afternoon accumulating runs on a straw white pitch that looked batsman friendly.