Lancashire posted 303-5 at the end of the first day against bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire at Grace Road to continue their push for an instant return to the top flight of the LV= County Championship.
Paul Horton, Luis Reece and Simon Katich all hit half centuries as the Leicestershire bowlers were made to toil under a hot sun on a docile pitch, although the hosts could count themselves unfortunate not to have enjoyed more success than they did - particularly in the first hour when they posed plenty of problems for the batsmen.
Horton and Reece set the tone for Lancashire with an opening stand of 104 to give their side their best start of the season.
But Horton survived a massive lbw appeal when rapped on the pads with the first ball of the day from Matthew Hoggard, and on several occasions both batsmen played and missed just outside the off stump.
Horton, however, was also quick to punish anything loose, striking 10 fours in reaching 50 off 72 balls and with Reece providing solid support, the 100 stand came up in the 31st over.
The partnership was finally broken by Alex Wyatt in the first over after lunch, Ollie Freckingham taking a fine diving catch at mid-wicket to dismiss Horton for 59.
That brought in Ashwell Prince who showed his intentions with a glorious straight six off left arm spinner James Sykes. Reece reached a well deserved 50 off 112 balls with six fours as the second wicket pair added 77 runs.
But then came two wickets in two overs. Prince (33) top edged a catch off Michael Thornely and Reece (85) was caught at slip attempting to drive Tom Wells, who was making his Championship debut. It gave the 20-year-old son of former Leicester Tigers and England Rugby star, John Wells, his maiden first class wicket.
Andrea Aganthangelou (12) was brilliantly snapped up by Niall O'Brien off Freckingham at 219, but Katich reached his half-century off 69 balls before falling victim to Hoggard when the new ball was claimed. Katich edged to O'Brien on 62, leaving him 64 runs short of 1,000 for the season.
But there was no more success for Leicestershire as Luke Procter and Tom Smith took Lancashire past 300 just before stumps for a third batting point.