Derbyshire 164 and 305-6 (Reece 106, Slater 57, Madsen 48, Hughes 39)
Derbyshire trail by 11 runs.
Better today from Derbyshire, at least taking the game into the final day, although with no real expectation, after yesterday's capitulation, of avoiding defeat.
The stand out performance today was that of Luis Reece, who once again confirmed his talent and the success that he has been this summer. He will have been disappointed to have gone, soon after reaching his century, but one cannot be critical of a man who has got to that stage.
Ben Slater, Wayne Madsen and Alex Hughes all made decent scores, but each will have been frustrated at the failure to go on to a match-defining score such as that of Reece. In the case of Ben and Alex, capitalising on those good starts will be key to them becoming major, rather than bit part players for us in future years.
Meanwhile it is strange to be at this stage of the summer and see Wayne averaging mid-twenties in the four-day game, with a season-highest of 70. His stellar T20 work will redeem his summer, but the pressures of a Testimonial year, not forgetting a new baby in the house, must be a major change to his life that he will undoubtedly come back from another year.
Billy Godleman is in a bit of a trough of form at present. He had a couple of good T20 innings but then went off the boil and has failed twice here. Personally, I would prefer to see him open, where he does his best work. As captain he leads by example and I think him a far better player at the very top of the order. Hopefully he will return there for the next game, leaving either Luis Reece or Ben Slater to go first wicket down.
A better effort then, though not making up for yesterday's poor effort that will undoubtedly cost this game. Yet it suggested professional pride and a willingness to fight, which was good to see. I don't expect us to make anywhere close to the runs to make the home side panic in the final innings, but I will always appreciate and acknowledge a side that gives it their all.
As they did today.