The end of the county four-day season ended as the dampest of damp squibs, with rain forcing the abandonment without a ball being bowled on three of the four days against Glamorgan.
It affords me an opportunity to comment on the news, earlier this week, that Kim Barnett is staying on in a role that holds the new title of Cricket Advisor.
In reality, it would appear to be no different to the one that he held this year and enables the county legend to continue to support Billy Godleman and the cricket management team, made up of senior players within the squad.
It also allows the club to build on the successes of the year and take things on a stage further next season. I have already written that Barnett's signings - those of Jeevan Mendis, Imran Tahir, Luis Reece, Gary Wilson and Daryn Smit, have all come in and done good jobs.
Mendis took more spin wickets than any other bowler bar Simon Harmer at Essex in the first half of the summer, while Tahir was a stand out in the T20. Reece has been a resounding success in all formats, Wilson has played some punishing innings and Smit has taken the wicket-keeping role to a level not seen for several seasons.
Yet the job is not done and continuity is key for us to progress. The appointment of Mal Loye to the Academy is already bearing fruit, but these talented young players need time to develop into genuine county players. The experience of most of those named above will ensure that we buy them that time, hopefully allowing them to come into a strong and settled side .
More is needed and I have no doubt that Barnett, with a contacts book second to none, will be on the case. The batting still shows worrying signs of fragility and the key role of number three in the order has not yet been filled satisfactorily. There have been negligible signs of progress in the seam bowling ranks and a worry must be whether many, or any, of a large crop of talented young bowlers have what it takes for a long county career.
We are well catered for in the spin bowling ranks, thankfully and have options behind the stumps, even if one of them has to make the role his own next season.
That, together with the acquisition of a seam bowler who offers runs at number eight, are key to improving this side. Hamidullah Qadri will, in time, become a fine bowler and likely all-rounder, but needs time to do this. In between times, a first choice balanced attack at present offers little in the way of runs, something that needs to be addressed, unless one of our keepers turns into Adam Gilchrist over the winter...
There are frailties in the side, but Barnett is best-placed to address these and ensure that next season we are able to build on this season's successes.
As well as minimising its disappointments.
Like all of you, I'm sure, I wish him well.