Derbyshire 280 and 150-1
Derbyshire trail by 108 runs
I don't know what Derbyshire have for their lunch, but the impression from the season so far as that it disagrees with them. Not for the first time, we collapsed in a post-lunch session, with only some lively hitting by nine, ten, jack avoiding a disaster.
As it was, one has to consider it a poor show by the county. None of the reports suggest anything untoward with the pitch, nor anything especially required by the bowlers than the somewhat basic merit of bowling straight and waiting for someone to make a mistake.
The second innings redeemed things to some extent, with Billy Godleman making an accomplished 76 and Hamish Rutherford digging in. Chesney had to retire, apparently ill, so Tom Taylor came in to see it through to the close.
Tomorrow's forecast suggests that there will be little play and so we should keep up our 100% draw record, but the collapse today was worrying. While Ravi Bopara is a useful bowler, nothing I have ever seen has suggested a bowler who should run through sides.
If things don't pick up, the calls for Messrs Slater and Hughes to earn selection will gather pace.
And rightly so.
More from me tomorrow, when I will have more time.