Derbyshire 191 (Thakor 36 not, Hatchett 5-58)
Sussex 83-1 (Joyce 41 not)
Sussex trail by 108 runs
Well, we are in a hole here...
In much the same way as at Northampton, a strong and well-fought lunch position was squandered in the afternoon and by the close, we were looking down a barrel in this game.
The Twitter photograph of the wicket suggested a little green and it was always likely that the visitors would opt to bowl on it. They didn't make headway before the interval, but after Hamish Rutherford was out shortly after lunch, the middle order imploded in worrying fashion. An engine room that suggests a lot of runs and power is misfiring badly at present, which must be a frustration for Graeme Welch.
Shiv Thakor confirmed his continued progress with another fighting knock, but the rest came and went with worrying regularity and 191 all out was a disappointing first innings, even with conditions that helped the bowlers. The form of Neil Broom continues to be a cause for concern, but we must hope the Kiwi comes to terms with English wickets sooner, rather than later.
Having said all that, I applaud the production of a wicket that at least ensures a result.
Whether we play well enough collectively to be on the right side of it is another thing altogether...