Worcestershire 92-3 v Northants
Moeen Ali marked his return to Specsavers County Championship with Worcestershire by hitting an unbeaten 42 on the opening morning against Northamptonshire at New Road.
The England all-rounder was playing his first Championship match for almost 12 months and looked in good touch as Worcestershire reached 92-3 from 28 overs by lunch.
Northants strengthened their depleted bowling resources, with Ben Sanderson and Rory Kleinveldt both injured, by signing
former Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire paceman Andy Carter.
Skipper Alex Wakely was also missing because of family reasons with Josh Cobb leading the side in his absence.
The visitors opted to bowl after an uncontested toss and Mohammad Azharullah struck an early blow as Brett D'Oliveira (5) pushed forward and edged through to keeper Adam Rossington.
Moeen came to the wicket and greeted Carter's entry into the attack by pulling his first delivery over the short legside boundary.
Azharullah bowled a testing opening spell of 7-4-7-1 but Daryl Mitchell looked in good form, cutting Carter for four as the 50 partnership with Moeen came up in 15 overs.
Mitchell (30) and Tom Fell (5) then departed in successive overs, both lbw to Steven Crook and Azharullah respectively.