Derbyshire 281-7 (Madsen 95, Slater 70)
Derbyshire trail by 48 runs
If anyone saw someone of greater girth than Mark Cosgrove at Derby today, it may well have been me, in my seven layers of clothes. It was cold, the first official day of Autumn seeming to be one when the central heating of the sun was switched off.
Derbyshire batted well in part. Ben Slater looked workmanlike and talented in his 70, before rather undoing the good work with a lax drive. with neither Billy Godleman nor Chesney Hughes getting going today. Wayne Madsen looked imperious at times, closing on a century and passing 8000 career runs, before being bowled after tea. That was especially surprising as he had missed few balls in the afternoon session in which the visiting attack looked the ordinary that it is, in the absence of key bowlers.
I didn't see the post tea cricket, having headed off to get organised for Grassmoor and Edwin Smith tonight, but I am told that it was pretty murky when they returned after a lengthy hold up for bad light. Given we lost two quick wickets in that time, it appeared that the visitors were the sole beneficiaries of that return. It was a pity for Tom Knight, who appeared unfazed by the conditions until that point.
It looks more like a last afternoon run chase is on here. Wayne needs another 51 runs for his championship thousand, while others will hope to go into the winter with better form than they showed in the first knock.
We'll see. Thanks to those whose company I shared over the first two days and to those who turned up at Grassmoor tonight.
All thoroughly enjoyed!
Postscript - Nottingham Post reports that Notts offered Andy Carter a new deal but he opted to move to us.
Nice to read. Be in no doubt that if he stays fit he is very much a fifty-wicket bowler for next summer. Close to the finished article and will be a key member of a competitive side.