Durham 376-7 (Collingwood 127 not, Steel 72, Coughlin 68, Viljoen 4-100)
It has become de rigeur for visiting sides to opt to bowl in all but high summer, so was no real surprise when Derbyshire did exactly that today against Durham at The Riverside.
By the close of play, however, it is fair to say that we will not have thought it especially successful, with Durham batting solidly en route to what looks a total in excess of 400. We would have hoped to bowl them out by the close, so are already up against it in this match, needing to put together a similarly dogged batting display ourselves.
Paul Collingwood again held their innings together, a top knock by the former England man who has never been properly replaced in the national side. At 40 he remains a player of high quality, just like Kent's Darren Stevens, who took seven wickets today. On that basis, Tony Palladino has a long and glittering career ahead of him...
It was a good day for Hardus Viljoen, who ended it with a four-wicket haul after starting the day with one from the game's first ball, but less memorable for debutant Harry Podmore, who bowled twenty overs without reward.
Nor were there any wickets for Imran Tahir, although the first day at Durham is unlikely to be top of the 'grounds to bowl on before you retire' list of any leg-spinner.
A brisk end to the home innings is needed tomorrow and then a similarly disciplined innings from our lads.
I'll see you then.