Derbyshire 460 (Hughes 142, Madsen 121, Podmore 43)
Gloucs 47-1 (Viljoen 1-7)
There was perhaps a glimpse of the Derbyshire 2018 engine room at Bristol today.
A summer without a Wayne Madsen century would have been a surprise, and he filled his boots on a wicket that held few fears today. He shared a third-wicket stand of 233 with Alex Hughes, who can deem this as a real breakthrough season. Last week's award of his county cap was celebrated with a superb 142 as we batted very well.
Late wickets fell in the quest for quick runs, Harry Podmore hitting a quickfire 43 and Harvey Hosein a more restrained unbeaten 37, before we closed on 460.
Hardus Viljoen got an early wicket before the spinners closed the day with the home side 413 runs behind.
The wicket looks like making this a draw, unless someone produces something equally special with the ball.
Fingers crossed the season doesn't end in a last afternoon 'beer match' as the season closes.
Full praise for our batsmen today, though.
And especially Wayne and Alex. We might just have three and four nailed for a few summers to come...