Here was an opportunity for Michael Vaughan to deliver a statement of intent a couple of weeks ahead of the opening Test, or else for Ryan Sidebottom to lead a rout of his former county, or maybe for Stuart Broad, on his Championship debut for Nottinghamshire, to reaffirm his emergence as an international bowler.
In the event, none of those things happened. Vaughan built a solid platform but threw it away, Sidebottom bowled superbly but ended wicketless, and Broad claimed Vaughan's wicket – and a couple of others besides – but was unimpressive.
Yet it was an engaging day for all of that, Jacques Rudolph rescuing Yorkshire with a fine unbeaten 104 before Graeme Swann, the off-spinner, seized the initiative with four wickets in the final session.
Vaughan went for 42, having looked comfortable until he fell into a simple trap set by Broad. The 21-year-old watched Vaughan ping a loose, leg-side ball for six, moved a fielder to where the ball had gone and was delighted when a similar delivery elicited much the same shot and Samit Patel took the catch.
Yorkshire then slumped to 111-5 before, aided by Gerard Brophy's 63, Rudolph organised a solid fightback in the afternoon, surviving a testing passage against an unlucky Sidebottom with the new ball.
After Brophy departed none of Rudolph's tail-end partners could master the craft of Swann, who finished with four for 25 from 16 overs, before Matthew Hoggard dismissed Will Jefferson with the day's last ball.Reuse content