Derbyshire 303-4 (Godleman 90, Slater 72, Madsen 66 not)
Nottinghamshire 286-6 (Hales 77, Wessels 67, Patel 59 Madsen 2-26 Mendis 2-53)
Nottinghamshire won by 4 wickets.
It is hard to be overly critical of Derbyshire tonight.
Yes, we lost but we took a near-international side to the last over and by all accounts played some good cricket. Be honest, we topped 300 for the second time in three days, not a common feat in our one-day history...as in never.
A very solid batting display was led off by the skipper and Ben Slater, the latter sadly run out for the second match running. Late 'oomph' came from the classy Mr Madsen, though looking back there may be thoughts that the more bucolic Gary Wilson might have gone in at five, ahead of Daryn Smit. The latter did little wrong, but Wilson has a reputation for late innings pyrotechnics that we should have utilised earlier.
The bowling? Full marks for using Madsen against Michael Lumb, who likes pace on the ball, but it was puzzling that he didn't bowl more. The same for Alex Hughes, whose four overs for 21 were worthy of more.
Neither leggie did badly but there wasn't the turn that we would have hoped for in opting to bat. Ben Cotton was collared for the first time this year and it is sad to see the travails of Tom Milnes continue.
Yet we should remember that this is a side choc-full of internationals. To beat such a side you need to catch them on a bad day and hardly put a foot wrong yourselves.
We didn't quite manage that today, but can hold our heads high. It is a work in progress, but one that is moving in the right direction.
With everyone fit..perhaps with Viljoen and Davis to lead the attack, things might have gone the other way.
But they didn't roll us over and the small gains that will tip the result another time will be studied carefully.
Disappointed? Yes of course, we all are after a defeat.
But not despondent.
Not by a long chalk.