David Hopps at Essex 53-0 v Warwickshire
Jeetan Patel's offspin will be crucial for Warwickshire if they are to contest this match strongly with the ball.* He should have got a first wicket too, Boyd Rankin failing to hold a skied catch, pedalling back, after Nick Browne toed one over mid off.
Bag searches are de rigeur at Chelmsford these days, by the way, a fact I learned when a man kept shouting "You in the black shirt, come back." If you are bag searching in Championship cricket, where you can still absent-mindedly leave a mobile phone on a seat and wander back several hours later to collect it in total confidence it will be there" then life certainly is changing for the worse.
"Sign of the stupid country we now live in," said the man searching the bag. He completed it in less than two seconds so we didn't over analyse it, thankfully
*And, as if by magic, he has just trapped Alastair Cook lbw, pushing defensively