Derbyshire 158 all out (Broom 59, Neesham 45)
Leicestershire 164-1 (Pettini 71 not, Cosgrove 52, Delport 38 not)
Leicestershire won by nine wickets
A somewhat limp effort from Derbyshire tonight threw their hopes of T20 qualification into the bin marked 'unlikely', with tough games against Yorkshire (aka England B) and a much-improved Lancashire in the next five days.
While we have played a better quality of cricket this year in the competition, it is beyond doubt that we chase a total a heck of a lot better than we set one. We don't handle the Powerplay well batting first and the mentality, with a long batting order, seems to be 'if I get out, someone will get the runs'.
Except it hasn't worked that way. While Neil Broom and Jimmy Neesham played good knocks tonight, neither was sufficient to suggest that we were anywhere close to a total that we could defend. Partnerships win these games and there simply wasn't one of sufficient longevity.
Fair play to the home side. They bowled cannily and their batsmen simply destroyed our young attack on the night, in a total reversal of the game at the 3aaa County Ground.
It makes Sunday against Yorkshire a huge game and one where we need to do much better to win.
The frustrating thing is that we can - but most likely only if we bat second...