I expect more of the same from Derbyshire tomorrow, at Queens Park in Chesterfield.
A committed display is essential against a strong Yorkshire eleven that has been strengthened by the arrival of Kane Williamson, for me one of the top three batsmen in the world (with Joe Root and Steven Smith, since you're asking...)
There's no Rich Pyrah, who usually turned matches against us into a passable impression of Garfield Sobers, but it will be a side chock-full of talent and will take a Derbyshire side at its best to get the right result.
I don't see a change from the game at Derby against Durham, unless Chesney comes back in ahead of Billy Godleman or Ben Slater. I'm not sure how John Sadler could do that though, given they enjoyed a century stand in that game. Billy has a good record in this competition and Ben can surely not be omitted after a ton - and before a game on his home patch?
As for Yorkshire, they have named the following squad:
Ballance, Bresnan, Carver, Coad, Hodd, Leaning, Lees (captain), Lyth, Patterson, Plunkett, Rashid, Rhodes, Willey, Williamson.
Their batting has been a concern in one-day cricket, which is surprising given the talent in there. The grumbles from 'oop north' are getting louder that they dominate the long format but struggle in the shorter ones - much like in the 1960s, when the county's dominance in the County Championship was at odds with their comparative struggles in the Gillette Cup and John Player League.
It is hardly a crisis though and is more indicative of an intolerant fan-base, a little spoiled by success.
It will be a big crowd and I hope the occasion is matched by the weather - and a cracking game of cricket ensues...with the right result, of course!
Elsewhere, the Derbyshire board will meet this coming week to discuss the coaching role and how they wish to fill it. I am certain that they will look at the structure, given this is the time to do so and look at what is needed to take things forward.
I'd still be inclined to wait and see how John Sadler goes with the role, given the hectic schedules at present. The recurring name appears to be Chris Adams, though I have also had Peter Moores and Alan Butcher mentioned in emails. I have no issue with any of them and think Adams in particular could do a good job, if we can lure him back to his home county. He has twice accepted jobs (Yorkshire and Ireland) and then thought about it and said no, so there's something to be aware of there, but 'Grizz' would be my choice if John Sadler was deemed too inexperienced at this stage.
Going back to my suggestion last week of a player to 'do a Barlow' and take Derbyshire out on to the field, however, here's a left field and topical suggestion for you for another year.
What about Andrew Gale?
Widely regarded as an outstanding captain, yet largely playing only four-day cricket now, at 32 he has time and talent for fresh challenges and could, in my humble opinion, form an intriguing, all-Yorkie partnership with John Sadler. His current contract expires in December (with a one-year option) and who better to lead a young team than a tough captain who has trophies to his name?
I know he has off-field interests, but the geography might work and a fresh challenge might be worthy of his consideration. If we were to switch our overseas focus to a bowler for next summer, having a batsman of established reputation to step in would be no bad thing.
Thoughts? From Yorkshire or from Derbyshire...?
Finally today, in a wide-ranging blog that should attract plenty of comment, I see Tom Wood racked up another unbeaten century for the Unicorns yesterday, this time an unbeaten 105 against Leicestershire Seconds, before the rains came.
If I was in charge of Derbyshire, I'd go and pick the lad up to have an extended look at him. For all the batting is going well right now, succession planning is key to any good organisation and we should be giving him a game or two before the summer ends, to make an informed decision on his ability.
Whether we saw him last year or two years ago is irrelevant, and much happens in that timescale. 'Roons are roons' to quote Geoffrey Boycott and his record over the past eighteen months brooks no argument.
That's enough from me for now - as always, I look forward to your thoughts!