Gloucestershire 563 (Dent 180, Norwell 102, Marshall 72, Noema-Barnett 58, Hughes 3-87, Durston 3-149)
It is fair comment to say that we took a bit of a pasting today.
The home side added 453 to their overnight tally, leaving Derbyshire a potentially tricky last day, which they will commence 119 runs behind.
There should be few concerns about the pitch, which reports are calling 'benign' and 'a road' That a confirmed number eleven was able to last long enough to register a maiden century in any form of cricket speaks volumes. Mind you, it says just as much about Derbyshire bowling that was too short, too often and did little to cause upset. Poor, in short and they are better than that.
Dent is a good player who often does well against us, but the ease with which batsmen were able to get in and score freely should have been seen by our batsmen ahead of the final day as a positive. There would appear no reason why we should worry about defeat, but tomorrow SHOULD be about getting time in the middle. It is a good test for our resilience and I will have concerns if we get into bother on such a track.
I don't share the concerns voiced in comments last night at this stage, but all of our bowlers are capable of much better than they showed here. My greatest concern, from here and other grounds across the country, is that we may see groundsmen erring too much on the side of caution in pitch preparation. With the visiting skipper able to choose to bowl before a contested toss, maybe we will see too many moribund tracks where runs can be steadily accumulated at will.
Give me a sporting track any time, but look over this round of matches and you will see batsmen feasting and bowlers labouring. Positive results will be only the result of contrived cricket in most cases.
I find that sad. And boring.
Mind you, I'll settle for boring at Bristol tomorrow...