First day: Hampshire are 353 for six wickets against Warwickshire
Warwickshire will probably be sick of the sight of Hampshire at the end of this week. For it is Hampshire that could make or break the Bears' season.
This four-day County Championship game followed by the C&G Trophy final at Lord's on Saturday is all part of the marathon week ahead.
This time in a week Warwickshire could be heading for a double - on the other hand they could be looking at a trophyless season.
Both teams will probably be secretly plotting a way of ending this game in less than four days to gather a rest before Saturday's televised spectacle.
But going by the first day's play at the Rose Bowl, the wicket suggests the batsmen will predict the outcome of this one as the Warwickshire bowlers were thwarted early on.
Warwickshire brushed aside Hampshire in two days at Stratford-upon-Avon earlier in the season but there won't be a repeat feat here.
But a late rally by Warwickshire, in particular the impressive bowling of Jonathan Trott, may offer some life in this game.
Neil Carter was given a much-needed rest ahead of Saturday's final while Jim Troughton returned from a back injury to replace Luke Parker.
Hampshire had found it difficult to keep a consistent opening partnership this season.
The combination of Jimmy Adams and Sean Ervine was there seventh different combination and after winning the toss and electing to bat their stand of 104 may suggest they have finally got it right.
But, after a gritty yet unspectacular start, Warwickshire broke through just before lunch.
Ervine's solid 60, with nine fours and a six, ended when Dougie Brown tempted the Zimbabwean with a short ball and he edged to first slip Trott who took a simple catch.
With some average bowling and an inviting pitch, Jimmy Adams negotiated a slow 50, his best stroke being a smashed six back down the ground off off-spinner Alex Loudon.
Warwickshire continued to probe and before tea the Brown-Trott combination struck.
Brown tempted Adams (65) with a widish delivery and Trott was again on hand to make an easy catch at first slip.
John Crawley and Shane Watson, the Australian one-day international who has appeared in a single Test, added 101 before Trott had Crawley (60) caught at gully by Loudon.
Trott struck again in his next over, forcing Jono McLean to slug at a widish ball to Tony Frost - 285 for four - with Trott having had a hand in all four dismissals.
While Watson was hitting boundaries Brown had cause to curse the weather for missing a caught-and-bowled chance when Nic Pothas stood on 25.
Brown's drop in pace forced Pothas into a poor shot forward which was dropped by the bowler who blamed the low-lying sun for getting in his eyes.
Watson, from whose second ball Michael Powell missed a low catch at second slip off Brown in Warwickshire's only catching lapse, advanced towards a likely century, and has struck 13 fours and a six in his 91.
Late in the day he lost two partners, Makhaya Ntini trapping Pothas legbefore for 30 before having Greg Lamb caught at gully by Brown.