Nottinghamshire 172-6 (Hales 54, Patel 52, Thakor 3-25)
Derbyshire 170-4 (Rutherford 62, Madsen 51 not)
Nottinghamshire won by two runs
Another close defeat for Derbyshire tonight, but against the self-billed team of all the talents, having beaten them at Derby, we ran them very close again tonight.
I can take defeat when we play well and run sides close - there can only be one winner and it cannot always be us. By all accounts, tonight we bowled and fielded well, held our catches and then batted with common sense before just coming up short as the home side held their nerve at the death.
Shiv Thakor once again bowled a good spell and has impressed with the ball in this competition, while the rest of the attack played their part. Fresh from a good performance in the second team, Greg Cork let no one down in front of a large crowd and the target was always within reach if we got a start.
Once more, Hamish Rutherford did well and looks a genuine talent, switching from the anchor role at Chesterfield to the aggressor here. Had he stayed another over or so, we would have walked it, as he and Wayne Madsen were taking us home.
Fair play to Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney, whose tight spells proved the deciding factor in a game that must have been thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd. Yet praise must go to a Derbyshire side who gave a good account of themselves.
No complaints tonight from me. We left Trent Bridge with our heads held high.
Now for Yorkshire on Sunday, where I hope we can do the same to end the Chesterfield festival.
Postscript - apologies for the lack of a preview last night...life is quite hectic right now...