There's little to report on at present in the world of Derbyshire cricket.
The club site is doing its best with a jolly little advent calendar that revisits some of the best bits of 2015, but it is a tough old time of year for the domestic cricket fan.
There was great news this week that the Christmas party season has sold out. Great news because the money made from this ploughs back into the cricket side. Having sampled the in-house catering at the club since they changed things, I can heartily recommend it. When I attended a function of the Derby Cricket Society, the lunch was excellent, both in quantity and quality.
Other than that, there's little news. Around the circuit, Mickey Arthur is a strong tip to take over at the under-achieving club that is Essex. One would have thought a coach worth his salt, armed with their resources and players, should have them as a perennial top-flight side, but it has not turned out that way.
Paul Nixon and Stuart Law are believed to be in the frame too, as is Andy Moles. The former Warwickshire batsman is linked with just about every coaching vacancy on the county circuit and has recently completed an impressive job with the Afghanistan side.
That's it from me just now - I'll be back towards the weekend, with hopefully a little more to report.