On a mission to score enough LV= County Championship runs to force his way back into the England reckoning, he soon picked up the two runs he needed to enter the Surrey record books.
But he fell to Essex’s New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder for 32 and had to watch as Rory Burns, Kumar Sangakkara and Steve Davis made the bulk of his county’s 293 for five.
Warwickshire opener Ian Westwood marked his benefit season in style with a flawless century as Warwickshire reached 270 for four on the first day of their Division One match at Headingley.
Westwood compiled an unbeaten 151 off 288 balls with 19 fours despite some disciplined bowling by the home side.
Oliver Robinson scored a superb 110 on his first-class debut as Sussex reached an imposing 335 on a bizarre days’ play against Durham at Chester-le-Street.
Robinson put on a last-wicket stand of 164 with Matt Hobden before having both Durham openers caught at first slip as the hosts closed on 103 for two in reply.
Alex Hales built on his impressive double-century against Yorkshire last week by hitting another unbeaten ton for Nottinghamshire against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Hales finished the day on 136 not out but a series of evening wickets evening their score to 301 for six at close.
Century-makers Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreth shared a third-wicket stand of 261 as Somerset were bowled out for 408 on the opening day of their match against Middlesex at Taunton.
Trescothick (140) and Hildreth (187) took Somerset into a good position before the last seven wickets fell for 31 runs. Middlesex responded with 10 for no wicket at stumps after Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins safely negotiated four overs.
Gareth Roderick continued his impressive start to the season as Gloucestershire battled to 275 all out in their Division Two match against Derbyshire at Bristol.
The 23-year-old wicketkeeper’s 76 off 155 balls, with 11 fours, was his third half-century in as many Championship innings following an unbeaten ton in the first-class match with Cardiff MCCU.
Mark Footitt finished with three for 72 from 18 overs, narrowly missing out on a hat-trick, before Derbyshire replied with 24 without loss at the close.
Lancashire enjoyed the best of the opening day against Kent at Old Trafford as Ashwell Prince made his third hundred in three successive Championship innings.
The 37-year-old South African’s 172-ball 106 helped his side reach 317 for five against an attack which had stuck to its task well on what now looks a good batting wicket.
A dominant opening day performance by Leicestershire raised hopes of a first county championship win since September 2012 against Northamptonshire at Grace Road.
Ben Raine led the way with four for 55 after Northamptonshire had been put into bat, with the all-rounder twice finding himself on a hat-trick as the visitors reached 251.
Leicestershire were 102 for one in response following opener Dan Redfern’s departure for 40.