New club captain Brett D’Oliveira and Ed Barnard ensured Worcestershire didn’t come away empty-handed from the rain-hit opening day in the LV=Insurance County Championship encounter with Leicestershire.

The fifth-wicket pair came together under the Uptonsteel County Ground floodlights to post a half-century stand in just 9.5 overs as the side closed on 118-4.

Barnard and D’Oliveira headed into day two on 41 and 34 not out respectively, both claiming their half centuries in the morning session.

Speaking after the opening day, Barnard said: “It was a strange session, really. They started really well, and we lost a couple of early wickets, which can happen, maybe a few early season nerves in there, and, with the rain delay, it doesn’t make it easy to start.

“The way Brett came out and batted there, his first game as skipper, to show that determination and the leadership, was excellent, and it was nice for us to get a few runs and put the pressure back on them a little bit.”

D’Oliveira opted to bat after winning the toss but play didn’t get underway until gone 4pm, with 38 overs scheduled to be played.

Pakistan star, Azhar Ali and Ed Pollock both made their debut for the County and received their caps in the dressing room.

However, it was not the start Pollock was hoping for, the opening batsman bowled for five having faced just 12 balls.

Azhar came in but didn’t fare any better, run out by South African pace bowler Beuran Hendricks after a mix up with Jake Libby.

Jack Haynes was next to go, the former England under-19 batter adjudged lbw on seven, a ball angled back in from Chris Wright before another break for rain.

Libby, who had started strongly, was caught in the crease and edged Wright to third slip, departing on 27 from 31.

D’Oliveira and Barnard played positively in the closing stages of the day, completing the fifty stand when Barnard turned Ed Barnes off his legs for his fifth four.

The pair both reached 50 runs in the morning session of day two before Barnard was caught lbw off a Barnes delivery.

Wicketkeeper Ben Cox came in, adding six runs before being caught out by Harry Swindells.

At the time of writing, Joe Leach has joined D’Oliveira at the crease, the pair on 32 and 55 runs respectively with 53 overs played and the 200 mark reached.