Derbyshire 252(Godleman 53, Thakor 41) and 37-0
Derbyshire trail by 121 runs
With a good day's weather forecast ahead, Glamorgan will fancy adding to their fine run of consecutive wins with another over us tomorrow. Once again the fragilities in our batting have shown and we will need to bat somewhat against recent form to get anything from this game.
I look at these two teams and don't see, man for man, the Welsh side as being appreciably better than us. Where they currently score is in confidence, which has, by all accounts, and on the evidence of recent displays, evaporated from our side. A swashbuckling innings from Tom Taylor got us close to avoiding the follow on, but we seem to lurch from disaster to disaster with the bat.
If there is a partnership it is fine, but it is often followed by two or three quick wickets that often undoes the hard work of the pair concerned. Individually we have some good players, but after early season success they are collectively struggling for the scores that are match-defining.
I am short of time tonight after another very long day, but will be back tomorrow with more detailed, considered thoughts. I hope that I am reporting on a spirited fightback on the final day, but I wouldn't put next month's pay cheque on it.
Oh, and for the record, I think England can win back the Ashes this summer. If we had a top quality spinner I would be even more confident, but we're not going to give the Aussies the lightning tracks they crave for Johnson and Starc.
I also think they have a few too many players at the end of their careers and if our opening bowlers are at their best, we could nick the series.
My main interest will, rightly or wrongly, continue to be Derbyshire.
If we could get back to winning ways I'd gladly lose the Test match.