Leicestershire 380 and 294-9 (Eckersley 104, Parkinson 3-88)
Derbyshire 362 and 104-4 (Madsen 42 not, Thakor 31 not)
"They batted well this morning, they made us work hard to get them
out, so credit to them for that. But it's a deteriorating pitch, the
ball is starting to go up and down a bit - it's the sort of pitch the
bowlers can control the scoreboard on, and anything around 200 or more
wouldn't be an easy chase.
"We still have some good batters, Ned
Eckersley and Niall O'Brien are class, and we're not too worried yet. I
can't see us settling for a draw at any point."
They were the words of Ben Raine on the BBC website last night
Hmmm. So Leicestershire then bat on today for two sessions, scoring 185 runs in 58 overs, leaving Derbyshire 313 to win in a session, or 38 overs if you will. Either he thought that they had Hadlee and Holding to open the bowling, or we had Wright and Kirsten back by special arrangement.
If they had left us 270 in 60 overs they'd have had a very good chance of a win, especially when we started our innings with the nonchalance of a man bailing out a sinking ship with a teaspoon . Were it not for the common sense and skill of Messrs Madsen and Thakor once more, we could have been in trouble anyway, but that was awfully negative cricket from the home side.
I followed the morning cricket in expectation of a late morning thrash and declaration, but when they batted on and on I stopped checking the score until the last half hour. That doesn't happen very often and speaks volumes.
Be assured that if Derbyshire had batted similarly I would have been equally vitriolic in my comments, because the day did no favours to the home side, nor to county cricket.
It was a shame really, as it has been a good game of cricket for three days. Callum Parkinson bowled another splendid spell, finishing his debut with seven wickets and an unbeaten 48, while credit should be given to 'Ned' Eckersley, a talented cricketer for completing his second century of the match.
But by crikey, what a disappointing end to it all.