You can't help but be happy with Derbyshire's start, can you?
Given that we are supposedly focused on the T20, with John Wright and Dominic Cork soon to team up again, to be fourth in the county championship and top of the north group in the Royal London One Day Cup is immensely satisfying. As well as being one in the eye for the nay-sayers who suggested a summer of trial and struggle.
I didn't see it that way pre-season, perhaps one of the few to do so, and don't see it now. As long as we retain focus and especially get luck with injuries, we could be on for a memorable one. No, I won't predict a trophy, I'm not that daft, but the signs are there that whoever we play will know they have been in a game.
The days of Derbyshire rolling over and playing dead on a regular basis are over.
We have all seen that too many times over the years. Getting into the ascendancy in a game, then crumbling as soon as the opposition started to stand toe to toe and slug it out.
Not any more.
We have taken the monkey from our backs with a first championship win at Derby in a long time. Yes, it was against a weakened Middlesex, but so what? History will show the points went to Derbyshire, and how many times have we seen a weakened Derbyshire side rolled over by stronger opponents?
We also showed fight in the Durham game, getting a draw when mid-afternoon everything seemed lost. The last session heroics of the tail showed the fighting spirit that has been engendered in the squad and it was good to see.
Moving on to the fifty-over competition, there have been times in each game where the balance of control shifted, but on most occasions we were able to wrest it back. The time we didn't, at Worcester, there were poor decisions made and bowling that left a lot to be desired. Few sides can afford to give away so many extras and equally, few sides need quite so many bowlers as we fielded in that game.
The key to our form, I think, lies in two things: the team ethic and the presence of three all-rounders who offer greater balance to the side.
Look through the regular eleven and they have all made contributions. My biggest concern is the form of Ravi Rampaul, but he chips in and, whatever the concerns of the last over against Leicestershire, he came through, just, on the highly-pressurised final ball. We have seven batsmen averaging over thirty, with the skipper averaging 71 and leading every bit by example.
Then those all-rounders: left-arm and right-arm medium, plus leg-spin. The joy of such variety! Add in the usual control of Wayne Madsen and we have been able to not use our main seamers to their full complement of overs. I still maintain we should have gone back to Olivier at Worcester, but that's gone.
With Wahab Riaz coming in with his left-arm rockets and another overseas player still to be confirmed for that competition, we're looking in good shape.
There are good, sound, professional and sage men in that leadership group, with advice to hand from Kim Barnett when it is needed.
Tough games lie ahead, but let's enjoy it while it lasts!