No need to go over old ground here, but it looks increasingly likely that the festival will be a wash out, which is such a shame for all concerned.
The club is looking at switching the Sunday T20 against Yorkshire to Derby, which would be a shame but hardly setting a precedent. It makes sense on most levels, unless it rains, of course..
One point on the ground staff and Saturday - there is only so much that they can do on a day when it is raining. Once the ground is as covered as it can be, they have to wait until it relents to get to work. On the Sunday, as Creweblade points out, when you see the water table so high experienced personnel know that it is a limitation exercise only - and when you have sodden turf, the last thing it needs is people tramping all over it and turning it to mud.
They are experienced, talented people and to suggest that we know better than them is disrespectful. No matter how talented the surgeon, sometimes the patient dies; no matter how good the ground personnel, there's times the show can't go on.
Later tonight I will tell you about my week next week, but for now, a cricket, as opposed to weather observation for you.
At Derby today, Derbyshire seconds started a three-day game against Worcestershire, who have a decent side out with several bowlers of first team experience.
At the close, we are 418-3, Alex Hughes making 118 and Tom Wood, who regulars will know I have been suggesting for a trial, 186 not out.
Jon Tattersall, Charles MacDonell and TomWood. Three very good young batsmen trialing with us and all doing well. MacDonell has had a century and two not outs so far and appears to be a young player of serious potential.
Yet Wood, who has already shown for the Unicorns this summer that he can biff it around against good bowlers, has now proven that he's not just a slogger and might be the best of them all.
I look forward to seeing all of them, hopefully, next Monday and Tuesday at Denby. My book launch week hasn't much first team cricket, but there's much to enjoy in the cricket of the younger lads and I will pop along for a while on at least a part of the first two days.
I'm looking forward to it!
Please let the sun shine...