Well, that didn't last long...
Derbyshire's first televised game of the summer only lasted long enough for us to be told that the latest they could start was 9.45pm, which apparently left 'plenty of time' for things to improve. This despite a simultaneous announcement that it would take 75 minutes when the rain stopped to get the ground fit.
My old mathematics teacher would have been proud with how I quickly worked out that they needed to be working on the ground by 8.30pm, which was only an hour down the line. It all looked very unlikely, despite our being assured on at least three occasions that the drainage 'really is world-class'. There was a glimpse of the Derbyshire players inside the dressing room and Wayne Madsen chatting to AJ Harris, but that was as much as we saw of our lads tonight.
World-class drainage counts for nothing when the night looked like one where you'd even have qualms sending out the mother-in-law for milk (sorry, mother-in-law) and so both teams went away with a point into the gathering gloom.
It all reminded me of a scene in the wonderful TV sitcom of many years ago, Outside Edge, where the team captain, Roger, is seeking encouragement from a thin patch of blue in the distance to get the players to stay around. 'It's only drizzling' he said, ignoring the lake on the outfield in his desire for the win points.
Here's hoping for better luck on Sunday at Chesterfield. A big crowd and sunny day will mean a bumper earner for the club, always a good thing.
I don't think we'll complain at that point though.