While accepting that it was a pre-season match against a non-first team attack in its entirety, you have to hand it to Ben Slater (89*) and Luis Reece (43*) in steering Derbyshire to 147-0 by the early close of a truncated first day against Warwickshire.
Time in the middle and runs on the board. You can't knock either, even if one side of the wicket, on the very edge of the square, made Heanor look like the old Oval, when the running of fives was commonplace.
Rather like the other side of the wicket. in fact. I've played in teams where that side would have needed a three-man relay to get it to the 'keeper. Mind you, I'd have fancied whistling it over the top of stumps like Keith Boyce used to do from the other side. Then again, so would Mrs P...
Useful stuff then. As, presumably as an incentive was reading several pre-season forecasts that suggest we will be bottom of the championship table.
I don't see that and there's potential in this team IF we get off to a flyer and have a full squad to choose from.