Derbyshire 345 and 241
Leicestershire 314 and 273-7 (O'Brien 87, Palladino 3-32)
When we look back on this season in the depths of winter, this game will be looked back upon as another one that got away.
While acknowledging correctly the threat of Niall O'Brien, a very good wicket-keeper batsman, I didn't really see a way that we could lose today. That the home side lost only three more wickets in scoring the required runs was disappointing and it would appear that we were off the pace intensity-wise today.
It's a shame and I feel for Wayne Madsen and Billy Godleman, scorers of very good centuries that should have seen them on the winning side. It didn't happen and they will have been frustrated in failing to turn a position of some dominance into the points.
Got to credit the opposition though. Ali's four-and-a-half hour 42 cannot have been fun to watch, but was mightily effective, while Raine and Agathangelou contributed well. Half chances weren't taken and there's no doubt that the loss of Wes Durston was a major one in the field, thoroughly exposing our lack of quality spin options.
It's been one of those seasons. A step forward and one back, sometimes two. We just need to continue battling and aim for as high a finish as we can, before revamping the squad over the winter months.
In other news today, Wayne White signed for Leicestershire again, which was no surprise and exactly as I suggested a few days back. He 's a good player and may well rekindle his old skills for them. He deserves to do well and I wish him the same.
Finally tonight, I did a piece for Cricinfo on the young players emerging in the club and it is now live on their site
Hope you enjoy it...