First day: Worcestershire have scored 377 for nine in their first innings against Glamorgan
For most of the season the Worcestershire lower-order could put their feet up while established batsmen constructed winning platforms.
But on the county's first visit to the Rhos-on-Sea ground at Colwyn Bay for 39 years it was left to Roger Sillence, with a run-a-ball 63, and Daryl Mitchell, in the side because of a hand injury to Graeme Hick, to take them to respectability on the first day of the Division Two County Championship match.
Worcestershire, who decided to bat despite a green tinge to the pitch, finished in a commanding position and for once run-machine Phil Jaques, in his first appearance since returning from Australia duty, did not cash in.
Before he left for Australia in June Jaques had scored successive double centuriess, against Northamptonshire and Essex, which had helped his side rise to second position.
He lasted until only the 11th over, caught at first slip off David Harrison, who had already accounted for Stephen Moore.
There was more disarray in the ranks when Vikram Solanki, the captain, was run out by a direct hit by David Hemp aiming at one stump from backward point.
That left Worcestershire 107 for three just before lunch on a ground that has a reputation for big scores in the first two innings.
It had been puzzling that Robert Croft, considering his form following match figures of 13 for 187 against Gloucestershire last week, had not bowled until the 40th over.
But with his first ball he had Stephen Davies trapped on the back foot, and six deliveries later Mark Wallace took a sharp catch when Ben Smith was deceived by the arm ball.
Gareth Batty and Mitchell resisted more stubbornly than some of their more illustrious predecessors, adding 75 in 23 overs before Hemp took a sharp catch above his head at first slip from a Batty top-edge.
At that point Worcester-shire were 223 for six and Glamorgan probably had visions of wrapping up the innings for under 300.
Mitchell and Sillence put paid to those ambitions by realising 95 in 24 overs before James Franklin struck.
The New Zealander took responsibility for a catch off his own bowling after hurrying Sillence into a hook. Sillence had struck Croft and debutant slow left-armer Kyle Tudge for two sixes apiece.
Zaheer Khan lasted only two overs before edging to first slip but Mitchell and Matt Mason ensured a fourth batting point.
In the penultimate over Ryan Watkins bowled Mason to ensure the home side of maximum bowling points.