That was the case for Otago at Eden Park's outer oval on the first day of the latest round of Plunket Shield play.
Auckland ended the day on 400-7, courtesy of 156 scored off 141 balls by Colin Munro during a 193-run fourth-wicket stand with Colin de Grandhomme who scored 83. It was the fifth century of Munro's career and his 100 was posted from 96 balls and included 17 fours and a six.
He batted a total of just over three hours and his effort built on 64 from opener Anaru Kitchen.
Neil Wagner prepared for the Indian Test series by bowling 22 overs to take 3-77 while Brad Rodden, on debut, ended with 2-48.
But there are also occasions when batting first can have its issues, as Wellington found at Napier against Central Districts. After Josh Brodie (51) and Michael Papps (45) put on 68 for the first wicket, the remaining nine wickets could add only 104 between them as Wellington were all out for 172.
Kieran Noema-Barnett took 4-26 while Doug Bracewell took 3-59 and Bevan Small 3-23.
However, CD were unable to make the most of it and at stumps were 103-5. Jamie How scored 32 in opening while Carl Cachopa was 35 not out and paired with Kruger van Wyk in attempting to at least get close to Wellington.
Mark Gillespie took 2-15 and Andy McKay 2-40.
At Gisborne, against Canterbury, Northern Districts captain Daniel Flynn was not put off by losing Brad Wilson at the end of the first over. He put his head down and shared a 144-run stand with Joe Carter. In the process, Flynn scored his 16th first-class century, scored in 273 minutes, from 178 balls and including 15 fours.
Down the order Bharat Popli achieved his highest score when passing 48 to end the day unbeaten on 55 while Mitchell Santner achieved his maiden half-century in finishing the day unbeaten on 58 as ND went to stumps 341-6.
Andrew Ellis worked hard to contain the home batsmen to take 4-70 from 23 overs.