Leicestershire 104-9 (Ackermann 24, Henry 3-18, Tahir 2-20)
Derbyshire 107-3 (Madsen 49 not, Hughes 36 not)
Derbyshire won by seven wickets
Well, that was a hammering.
They are words I have written a time or two, but rarely, in T20 cricket, when we were on the right side of the result.
It is nigh impossible to fault a bowling display where no one went for more than 23 in their four overs. Matt Henry's first ball of the game went for four, but he came back to bowl wonderfully and take 3-18 in his four. Similarly, Imran Tahir's first over went for nine, but his last three went for only eleven. It was most impressive, even if it was a good toss to win, after yesterday's rain.
Hardus Viljoen was tight and got the key early wicket of Luke Ronchi. So was Wayne Madsen, as was Ben Cotton. Adding Ben to the side has given us the 'other' four overs we were lacking in earlier matches, while Wayne's bowling in this competition has been sensational. As a long-time advocate of him bowling more, I am delighted to see his success as a very steady, surprise element of the Derbyshire attack.
There was one leg bye conceded in 20 overs, the only extra. I like to see that and the fielding level, from messages I received, was high. Once again that standard was set by Daryn Smit, who has had an excellent competition behind the timbers and picked up another to add to his growing collection of stumpings.
At half way it was hard to see how we could lose, but those of us who have followed Derbyshire for a while (I think my half century of watching allows me membership of that club..) have seen us lose improbably over the years.
At 21-3, with Matt Critchley also off after a blow on the helmet, we were rocking. Yet I could think of no more calming scenario for the minds of home supporters than Wayne Madsen and Alex Hughes at the crease, with Daryn Smit due next if required.
Wayne is simply one of the all-time greats, a player you will tell your grand-children you saw bat for Derbyshire, while Alex, as I have said before, is a man for a crisis.
They saw that we quickly got above parity in Duckworth-Lewis, then professionally and sensibly took the bowling apart, easing us to victory with over six overs in hand. That margin has had a positive impact on our net run rate and may have even greater effect by the end of the group stage.
We have all seen Derbyshire capitulate pitifully in this competition over the years. The professionalism of this win was a joy to follow and it is patently obvious that the fairy dust that John Wright and Dominic Cork are sprinkling on our T20 cricket is the real deal. However this ends, this has been the season we started to play proper T20 cricket, with a game plan, as well as back ups if required. Let's not forget Kim Barnett either, who had the contacts and the nous to bring the two of them in
Last week, on Sky, Paul Allott came out with the extraordinary comment that Yorkshire are 'dominating' the northern group. Not so much tonight, after Nottinghamshire chased down a target of 224 to beat them at Trent Bridge. Meanwhile, rejuvenated Warwickshire beat Lancashire and, with Northamptonshire not playing, we eased up to second place in the group.
Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Headingley on Thursday night should be a bit special...