Lee Daggett proved the pick of Northamptonshire's bowlers as the Second XI Championship match against Somerset at Taunton Vale finally got underway a day late.
Seamer Daggett claimed 3-53 from 21 tidy overs to restrict the hosts to 258-8 declared after the County opted to bowl first following Tuesday's complete washout.
Luke Evans (2-64 from 18 overs) and Con de Lange (2-36 from 17) were also on target - while for Somerset Alex Barrow (84) and Craig Meschede (59) took the batting honours.
The day then took a turn for the worse as Northamptonshire began their reply. Two wickets went down in the first over, and de Lange was forced to retire hurt with 9 runs to his name.
Josh Tolley held things together with an unbeaten 25 and the County will resume at 42-3 on Thursday morning.