Trott quick to seize initiative

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The Warwickshire opener, Jonathan Trott, threatened to pile further misery on Nottinghamshire in a stirring start to their County Championship game at Edgbaston.

The First Division strugglers took a battering as Trott dominated a 104-run partnership with Nick Knight, but staged a spirited recovery during the home side's uneven progress to 351 for 9. Greg Smith dismissed the first pair within six balls and the recalled Paul Franks struck twice in five deliveries to remove Ian Bell and England's one-day international newcomer, Jim Troughton.

Knight reached 33 before top edging to wicket-keeper Wayne Noon and Trott was on 63 when he hooked to Franks at long leg. The first-day fluctuations continued as Mark Wagh counter-attacked with a fluent 50 in 99 balls, but Franks eventually responded for Nottinghamshire.

Warwickshire dipped to 238 for 7 but mounted a rescue mission of their own with a maiden first-class fifty by Collins Obuya, the Kenyan leg-spinner on his Championship debut.

Obuya was at the crease at the close, an unbroken last-wicket stand of 42 with Waqar Younis adding to Nottinghamshire's frustrations.