In old Peakfan's house today, it is like the night before Christmas.
The bags are packed (well, both of them, I don't travel like the Kardashians...) and I am all set for an early departure tomorrow morning. I plan to be down by the Riverside (where..?) before the start of play and to see Derbyshire for the first time in my fiftieth summer supporting the club.
From there it will be on to God's Own County and seeing my folks, while pulling in the game against Northamptonshire on Sunday. A nice mini tour and I hope that the cricket I see is worthy of the trip.
Tomorrow's weather looks a little 'iffy' and it may be that the game is reduced. There is light rain forecast in the morning, but it looks to clear in the afternoon, so good news on that score.
We have named a fourteen-man squad for the game, which is as follows:
Milnes and Hemmings look the most likely to miss out, for me, but it will be a tough call on all the exclusions. Indeed, there was a strong case for Tom Wood's inclusion, after a sparkling century against Northamptonshire yesterday. There were seven sixes in his ton, which must have made for exciting watching. Such players outside the squad give reasons to be cheerful and the players 'in possession' need to deliver.
Durham will be missing Mark Wood, who has a groin strain, as well as Jack Burnham, who has a broken thumb. Keaton Jennings will lead the side and form an impressive opening pair with South African Stephen Cook.
Keaton Jennings (c), Stephen Cook, Graham Clark, Michael Richardson,
Paul Collingwood, Cameron Steel, Paul Coughlin, Ryan Pringle, Stuart
Poynter (wk), Brydon Carse, James Weighell, Chris Rushworth, Barry
It is a winnable game and to do so would make Derbyshire supporters feel more at ease after a mixed start to the season. I think the one-day formats might suit us this year, if we can keep key men fit. Jeevan Mendis should come into his own in this competition and we seem to have the crucial depth in batting and bowling.
I will be tweeting through the day, all being well, though my close of play report may be delayed until Friday.
Either way, I'm going to enjoy it!