Call me Mystic Peakfan, but I reckon I can predict the future for a few players tonight...
For Saeed Ajmal, I predict a sound night's sleep tomorrow, as he's going to be bowling a lot of overs on the last day. The expected deterioration in the wicket didn't really happen today and after a cautious morning, where runs and overs seemed to move at the same pace for much of the time, we were given a bit of a pasting in the afternoon and evening as our hosts added well over 300 runs. Alex Kervezee must wish he could carry our attack around in a holdall - that's three successive tons for him off our bowling...
Enterprising batting? Average bowling? I guess we'll see tomorrow. Both our spinners went for over a hundred, Wes going for around six an over and it's unlikely that we will find Ajmal quite such a profligate bowler when we have to bat for most of the day to avoid defeat.
I was surprised, to be honest. At lunch it seemed like an even game was in store and tomorrow would be largely academic. Now, we will need to show fighting spirit in abundance to get a draw from this, as today went very, very much the way of the home side.
Which brings me to my next prophecies.
I think Billy Godleman, Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston need better performances tomorrow, as the chasing pack are closing in fast. The struggles for competitive form of all three have been mentioned before, but without competition - and in other eras - their places could still be considered safe.
Yet today in the second team, Paul Borrington made a brilliant, unbeaten 110 as they successfully chased 266 in fifty overs to beat Worcestershire. Alex Hughes contributed a cavalier 64 from 48 balls, after taking three wickets, while there were sound contributions from Messrs Elstone, Slater and Clare as the target was reached with six wickets and eight balls to spare.
By any standards, that is a good performance. Given that we have so often over the years chased such totals with the alacrity of a one-legged man in a fat suit, the side and John Sadler, the coach, are to be congratulated.
Nor should the bowlers be overlooked. Ben Cotton took 3-42 on what must have been a good batting track, while Tom Knight took 2-35 in ten impressive overs. Given that Graeme Welch told the squad to go away, score runs, take wickets and force him to play them, some have gone away and done just that.
The rest is up to the coach.
Tomorrow is a big day for a lot of players, both in and outside the team at Worcester.I hope that those who need to do so produce the goods, but am very encouraged that an orderly queue is being formed should they fail to do so.