Nottinghamshire 229 (Mullaney 76, Palladino 4-44, McKerr 2-53, Taylor 2-58)
Derbyshire 52-2 (Godleman 18 not)
Derbyshire trail by 177 runs
Today, blessed by the first real spare time I have had in a month, I was able to watch a fair bit of the excellent live stream from Trent Bridge of today's game. Those pitching it as David v Goliath came close to witnessing a similar outcome, on a day that must be our best of the season, at least in the four-day game, so far.
That we bowled out our illustrious neighbours in around two sessions of play was most impressive and tribute to a largely more disciplined bowling display. Tony Palladino took most of the plaudits with four wickets, but there was good support from the new ball pairing of Conor McKerr and Tom Taylor.
I thought both did well before lunch, before rather losing their way in the period after it. There is a good bowler in Taylor and he bowled some really good - and at times hostile - stuff today. It was again liberally scattered with stuff that I'd have fancied hitting for four, but once he can lessen this flaw in his game he could make it. There's a greater rhythm to his bowling than when I saw him earlier in the summer and I hope he can build on this effort.
As for the debutant McKerr, I was impressed. He uses his height, which at 6'6" you would hope for and bowls good lines. There was a time or two that I thought he could have slipped in a bouncer, just to keep the batsmen on their toes, but he had a good batting side hurrying their shots, always the mark of a slippery bowler.
At 19 his potential is considerable and, based on today's effort, he could do worse than playing with us for the remainder of the summer. With the Curran brothers, Mark Footitt, Ravi Rampaul, Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker ahead of him, his chances of playing in their first team this year - or next - are likely just a little better than mine. Even if Hardus Viljoen and Will Davis are fit at the end of this month, I think it unlikely that they can play all the cricket from then to the end of the summer.
It was nice to see us having a genuine quick in the attack and he will only get faster and better as he fills out. Quite a talent, Mr McKerr.
The catching was good and Daryn Smit was again impeccable with the gloves, while Billy Godleman skippered the side well, correctly bringing on the leggie to draw things to a close, when too often we have been frustrated by tenth wicket stands.
Luis Reece and the skipper looked solid in reply, before the lively Wood had Reece caught, then Shiv Thakor looked to be taking things to the close, before assaying a somewhat unnecessary shot from the bowling of Hutton, being well held by Samit Patel from the day's final ball.
Derbyshire's day, beyond doubt, but the onus now lies on the batting to build on a good effort from a much maligned attack.
Today they did well and deserve praise accordingly.