Warwickshire 292-7 (Hain 109, Bell 93, Thakor 3-48)
Derbyshire 296-6 (Slater 82, Godleman 46, Mendis 44 not)
Derbyshire won by 4 wickets
Last winter, when Kim Barnett was announcing the signings of various players, he said that he was looking for players who would get us across the line in matches.
Today, a number of those players, with notable assistance from existing and local ones, contributed to a fine team effort and an excellent record run chase.
Irrespective of mixed results, it is a long time since Derbyshire batted with the solidity and professionalism of this summer. You probably have to go back to Barnett's era, or that of John Wright and Peter Kirsten, to get anything similar and even they didn't rack up the runs that this side has in recent games as consistently. When one considers that you have a couple of handy clumpers at the bottom end of the order, there are reasons to expect one-day fun to continue.
The run chase was accomplished without major input from Messrs Godleman, Thakor and Madsen, all of them standouts thus far, but the rest of the batting delivered. Ben Slater played another fine innings and is a special player in this format, even if the partnership with Billy Godleman ended in a run out for the third time in five innings. Something to work on there, but they have been very consistent as a pairing so far.
Alex Hughes also played an important innings and remains a busy and important player in all aspects of the game. As for Daryn Smit, he has the calm head of experience on his shoulders and played a key role in resurrecting an innings that was wobbling a little at 170-4, with eight an over needed off fifteen. He isn't the biggest hitter in the side, but any solid run chase needs a bloke who ticks over at a run a ball and provides the solidity that the bigger hitters need to do so freely.
Earlier, I understand, he also kept wicket impressively, as befits man of his reputation behind the stumps. There is a tough call, moving forward, as to who gets the gloves for Derbyshire, for we are very well covered in that area.
Then there was Mendis. You hope, in these situations, that your hired overseas sees you home and shows his experience. Jeevan did that today, quickly into his stride and providing a fitting finale. While the early season wickets haven't been especially suitable for his bowling, he has been tidy, has taken us over the line today and probably effected the match-defining moment with the run out of Ian Bell. The right call as man of the match, for sure.
Earlier, the visiting batting looked set to get away, but they were reined back by an excellent spell by Shiv Thakor. It was also heartening to see Hardus Viljoen showing great nous at the death, with Thakor keeping the run chase to under 300 with canny closing overs.
All to play for then and a trip to the seaside on Friday.
Lancashire next and another win keeps us very much in the mix.
Well done lads. That was a good one today.