Kent have scored 342 for nine v Warwickshire
Ashley Giles again bowled Warwickshire into a strong position after the first day of their Championship match against Kent.
The England left-arm orthodox spinner has started the season in marvellous form. He has already taken more wickets (14) in April than anyone in the club's history and there is little doubt that, but for his intervention, Kent would have finished yesterday in a dominant position.
His impending absence on England duty (he is scheduled to play only two more Championship matches) is a serious concern. As one wag in the crowd suggested, Giles could finish as Warwickshire's leading wickettaker this season having played in only four matches.
Midway through the afternoon, Kent appeared on course for an imposing total. With Martin van Jaarsveld and Darren Stevens making fine impressions on debut for their new county, Kent were poised at 301 for four an hour or so after tea.
But, as was the case against Glamorgan, Warwickshire regrouped. A feature of this season has been Warwickshire's huddle; all the players coming together to refocus on the job in hand. Here, once again, they turned a day that appeared to be drifting away from them into their favour.
Kent won an important toss and enjoyed the better of much of the day; but it is Warwickshire who will resume this morning in the happier position.
The pitch is no minefield, certainly, but it offered enough movement to encourage all the bowlers and the real test of Warwickshire will come this morning when they begin their reply.
The absence of Kent's leading swing bowler Martin Saggers, who was left out after suffering back spasms, is a distinct advantage.
Rob Key fell early, poking at a beauty from Heath Streak that bounced and left him, but van Jaarsveld and David Fulton added 133 in 38 overs to lay the platform for a daunting total.
There are many who do not like the influx of non-England qualified players into county cricket but Kent members will soon take to van Jaarsveld. He was good enough to play Test cricket for South Africa against England in the winter and county cricket is richer for the inclusion of many of the world's best players.
Not since Derek Aslett in 1981 had a Kent batsmen scored a first-class century on his first innings for the club and van Jaarsveld, solid in defence and merciless in attack, clearly has an exciting future here.
He gave one hard chance, on 87, when he slashed at a ball outside his off-stump from Nick Warren but was put down by Trott at second slip. Otherwise, he was technically and mentally excellent.
There was not much help in the surface for Giles but, with variations of pace, flight and just enough turn to keep the batsmen on their toes, he made the breakthrough when the workmanlike Fulton was caught behind off a beauty that spun enough to take the edge.
Matt Walker obligingly swept to deep mid-wicket but Stevens and van Jaarsveld added 96 in 25 overs, making the bowling look rather plain in the process.
Stevens (171 balls, 13 fours, one six) has promised much for years. Leicestershire finally lost patience with him after five centuries in eight years. Aged 28, and on the evidence of this performance, he still has much to offer.
He, too, was missed, on 36, though Michael Powell did well to get a touch on a firm pull off Brown, but he deserved a century and would have had one but for the fecklessness of his team-mates. Alex Loudon, whose entry into the attack was met with grumbles rather than boos, again seemed ineffectual, and though Warwickshire's bowlers (Giles apart) didn't bowl badly, nor did they threaten.
Van Jaarsveld (210 balls, 15 fours) finally chopped an arm ball on to his stumps and, though Geraint Jones produced an enjoyable cameo he fell trying to cut a ball too full and close to him. Matthew Dennington was drawn into playing at one angled across him.
That was due reward for Neil Carter, who huffed and puffed all day without fortune. Fulton twice top-edged pulls that flew tantalisingly out of reach
Giles, now round the wicket, clinched his 19th fivewicket haul for the club when Simon Cook was bowled, trying to heave a flighted one into the Channel.
Min Patel was run out, inexplicably attempting a second, before Stevens attempted to heave Brown over mid-wicket and was bowled by one that nipped back. It capped a superb final session of recovery by Warwickshire.