A debut for Hardus Viljoen against an excellent Yorkshire side is one reason to be cheerful, going into tomorrow's game at Headingley.
So too is the absence of five Yorkshire players, all of them in the England squad for the one-dayers against Ireland. That costs us the services of the excellent Gary Wilson, but Derbyshire will give the gloves to Daryn Smit tomorrow.
There will be those who expected to see Harvey Hosein take over behind the stumps, but Smit allows the side's balance to be tweaked, depending on the type of wicket that they encounter tomorrow.
The Derbyshire 12 is:
The man to miss out is likely to be one from Critchley, Reece and Macdonell, though all offer bowling options that may be useful, in a Derbyshire side that bats long and has plenty of them.
Seeing Viljoen on the team sheet is welcome, but we should not expect too much, too soon from a player who needs to gain confidence his body is up to the job and then recover rhythm after a lengthy lay-off. Expectations of his running through Yorkshire would be unrealistic, while criticism of his failure to do so would be unfair. The time to judge him is at season end and he will hopefully get fitter and, crucially, stay fit.
The home side may be missing five stars but will still field a strong side, skippered by Gary Ballance, a man in prime form. Their fourteen is:
Gary Ballance (Captain), Tim Bresnan, Karl Carver, Ben Coad, Matthew
Fisher, Ryan Gibson, Peter Handscomb (Wicketkeeper), Jack Leaning, Alex
Lees, Adam Lyth, Steven Patterson, Azeem Rafiq, Will Rhodes, Matthew
There are some fine players in there, but there are in our side too and if you are going to play and beat Yorkshire, this is probably the time that offers the best opportunity. Ballance and Australian Peter Handscomb are key men, while youngster Ben Coad has been a revelation this summer and Azeem Rafiq so often turns into Saqlain Mushtaq against us.
A win at Headingley is always special and I think we can nick this one tomorrow, with a team that is playing good cricket and just needs to find an extra 5-10% to get across the line.
With the weather set fair, it should make for a good day's cricket.
More from me tomorrow!