Staffordshire let Buckinghamshire off the hook as they endured a frustrating first day's play at Longton.
Having won the toss and invited Eastern Division title rivals Bucks to bat, that decision backfired when the visitors ran up 325 for eight.
Tom Brooks' innings of 117 was the cornerstone of the Bucks innings, especially in a damaging stand of 87 for the seventh wicket with Jonathan Newell (35). And although Shaun Rashid ended up with a five-wicket haul for the hosts, it was at a cost of 105 runs.
Spirits then sunk further when Bucks' former Surrey man Phil Sampson claimed three wickets as Staffs limped to 68 for four by the close.
Shropshire were lucky to get an XI out on the field for their Western Division meeting with Berkshire at Finchamstead.
Following new father Tim Mason's late withdrawal, Salop lost three more players through injury on Saturday.
David Brignull was the first to cry off, before Wellington's Tim Hancock pulled his hamstring batting for his club side late on Saturday, which meant Whitchurch's Alex Huxley was called up. And Matt Tilt's bruised hand meant an emergency SOS to Shifnal's Anthony Parker, who travelled south yesterday morning to keep wicket.
In the circumstances, and given that they also dropped five catches, Shropshire did well to bowl out Berkshire for just 250, of which promising youngster Danny Housego made 99.
Young spinners Rob Foster and Mark Robinson bowled 54 overs between them, sharing six wickets.
But Shropshire struggled in reply to reach 84 for three at the close, including the loss of Tilt, playing as a batsman only, for 29.
Wellington opener Chris Martin is 22 not out overnight.
Herefordshire reached 284 all out against Devon at Torquay, thanks to half-centuries from David Exall (69), Ashley Nahorniak (53) and Henry Langford (52).
But the home side were looking a good bet for a first innings lead by the close after moving to 103 for no wicket.