In the end, day four was one of disappointment for Derbyshire supporters, with the county's bowlers unable to break through what I had called the previous night a long batting order.
Maybe the wicket didn't deteriorate as we hoped, or maybe we just didn't bowl well enough at key times. Certainly we didn't catch well enough (Wayne Madsen aside) and in these close games you simply cannot require to take thirteen or fourteen wickets.
Fair play to Durham, who batted splendidly and never really looked like losing, except for a brief wobble after lunch. Tahir and Qadri had long bowls and the young off-spinner again seems to have acquitted himself well, but the season-long (or is it seasons-long?) issue of seam bowling hit us again.
Gurjit Sandhu did as well as a trialist bowler could be expected to do in this game, but wouldn't have been engaged were the staff bowlers good enough or fit. Tony Palladino is having to play every game at present and will doubtless look forward to a break in the T20, when we at least have Matt Henry to spearhead the attack.
It is an area of the side that has to be addressed over the winter. The seam attack looked useful when we had Conor McKerr on loan from Surrey, as a genuine quick bowler has an impact on everyone else. Otherwise, batsmen can rock onto the front foot and lessen the effect of swing, while not worrying too much about an occasional, easily fended shorter one. The value of a fast, or faster bowler to an attack is considerable, often as effective for others, possibly more so.
And so to the T20 and tonight's opening game against Northamptonshire. I'm wary of suggesting progress this year, because none of us know the current fitness of key players and, like many of you, I have concerns about the top order and utilisation of the Powerplay.
Maybe John Wright may throw a curve ball and open with, say, Matt Critchley and Tom Wood, but until we know who is fit (and for how long..) it is hard to predict our prospects.
No team announced yet, but I can only name a handful of players who I would see as certainties, assuming fitness: Madsen, Wilson, Hughes, Tahir, Henry and Critchley. The rest are undoubtedly places up for grabs.
Yesterday's news on Shiv Thakor put an additional dampener on things and his absence, as a key member of the T20 side, will be keenly felt. Please don't comment on that particular story, as there are obviously legal niceties to be observed. Thank you.
More from me later.