Yorkshire 349-7 (Handscomb 140, Ballance 63, Mendis 2-59)
Derbyshire 334-8 (Madsen 112, Smit 77 not, Critchley 49)
Yorkshire won by 15 runs
Whatever the shortcomings of this Derbyshire side, the batting isn't an issue. For the third successive innings we went past 300 and today reached an imposing tally, but the task was simply too great.
The in-form Peter Handscomb, an overseas player preferred to a local behind the timbers, which rings a few bells, played a fine innings that looked to have put the game well beyond us. A fine knock by Wayne Madsen kept us in the hunt, while a late and bucolic assault by Matt Critchley made the game closer than earlier looked possible.
Smit kept wicket very tidily, as I expected, effecting a very sharp run out and a stumping that was conducted with the minimum of fuss and maximum efficiency. He then played an excellent innings that thoroughly justified his selection in the role.
The concern lies around the bowling. Viljoen took an early wicket and although he went for seven an over, his final spell suggested that he was regaining his rhythm and the accompanying skills. Shiv Thakor was again steady and Jeevan Mendis was tidy, but the least said about the rest, the better.
The 20 combined overs of Messrs Cotton, Hughes, Reece and Critchley went for 160 runs and until we can find greater control from that portion of the attack, we won't win many matches.
Viljoen will improve, Thakor is very reliable and Mendis steady, without ever suggesting he might rip the heart from a batting line up. Tahir will add more, later in the summer, but we need one of our young seamers to offer more than at present. You can make up ten overs, but twenty is a challenge that few could handle.
Still, even with five stars missing this is strong opposition and Handscomb is proving a very sound signing for the white rose county. They remain a tough side to beat and for me, with Middlesex, are the best team in the country.
Derbyshire? Work to be done before we get across the line in first place, but we haven't had this deep a batting line up in some time.
Another win isn't too far away.