Derbyshire 141-7 (Madsen 38, Rutherford 33)
Warwickshire 145-6 (Bell 67)
Warwickshire won by four wickets off the last ball
A super game of cricket at the 3aaa County Ground tonight, one in which there is no real disgrace in defeat.
It was a good toss to win and with scoring runs never easy, Derbyshire never really got going. A struggle through the Powerplay was rebuilt by Wayne Madsen and Hamish Rutherford, but only a late flurry by Shiv Thakor got us to a total that was competitive.
Able to pace their reply, rather than overstretch, the visitors looked to be strolling it at 99-1, but good, disciplined bowling by the Derbyshire attack took the game to the very last ball, four byes in the last over perhaps proving crucial.
I look forward to your comments, especially if you were at the game tonight. For me, the extra seamer in Ben Cotton would have been worthwhile, especially when we bat so deep. instead of Billy Godleman, who I remain to be convinced is a T20 player.
Having said that, the whole attack bowled well and deserve full credit for a battling display with not too many runs to play with.
So near, and yet, so far.
Finally tonight, I am delighted to see John Sadler announced as coach for the remainder of the season.
He fully deserves the chance, will doubtless make a very good fist of things and will allow a proper interview process to be conducted at the end of the season, when we know who is out there and what the options are.
More performances like we have seen in the past two or three weeks and the internal candidate will have a very good shout.
Good effort lads, can't really complain at that one, even if the points didn't come our way.