On the wrong end of another vital toss on a warm morning at Derby. Having said that we stuck to the task well in the morning session. All the seamers bowled manfully in hot conditions. Special mention must go to Robert Hemmings whose opening spell of seven overs for nine runs was commendable. Also interesting to see him open rather than come on first change. Dino was back to his miserly best while snapping up the wicket of Horton, caught behind by Daryn Smit who kept the gloves despite the return of Gary Wilson.
We need a similar commitment after lunch. The only downside, as ever, is where is the next wicket coming from? That is, of course, the perennial problem!
A couple of boundaries off Palladino following similar treatment to Taylor doesn't augur well. Could be a long afternoon.
But then Dearden flashes at a delivery from Taylor and is well caught by Alex Hughes in the gully. Just need to get Cosgrove early! Oh dear, Cosgrove dropped on eight off Tom Taylor. Hope that doesn't prove expensive.
Interesting test for Rob Hemmings as he returns to the attack. Cosgrove got hold of him and probably right to remove him from the front line.
Ackermann and Cosgrove beginning to look threatening. Oh for another wicket!
Leicestershire pass two hundred with only two down, it's looking ominous. Tea can't come too soon!
Tea interval and time to regroup. The attack is under the cosh and not sure where next wicket is coming from. We just don't have a bowler in the ranks who can undermine the opposition.
What we need is a sporting declaration!!
Mendis and Madsen open the bowling after tea and Ackermann reaches his ton as the torment continues.
Two hundred and fifty up and no sign of a breakthrough.
Hang on a minute, we have another wicket as Mendis has Ackermann caught by Gary Wilson at slip.
Tom Taylor takes new ball as Leicestershire move on untroubled towards three hundred.
Last ten and we looking tired and a little ragged as opposition move on to three hundred and fifty. No let up and heads dropping!
Four hundred up and there is no let up in the pain. Another disappointing day for Derbyshire and their supporters. Not sure where we go from here?
Interesting to see Graeme Welch in the Leicestershire camp. He must have mixed feelings watching the sad demise of his old side.