Derbyshire 189-6 (Slater 109)
Yorkshire 192-8 (Kohler-Cadmore 81, Rampaul 5-48)
Yorkshire won by two wickets.
There was no disgrace in Derbyshire losing to Yorkshire yesterday, a side that included seven international cricketers.
Indeed, had Luis Reece not sustained a foot injury that caused him to retire hurt, there's a fair old chance we would have won. Reece was just getting into his stride when the injury occurred and no one after him could get going and support the superb Ben Slater.
There are two things worthy of mention at this point. One is that I sincerely hope discussions are ongoing with Ben over a new deal. His current one runs out at the end of the season and, as I have written before it started, it is a big year for him. While he still needs to convert more of his very impressive cameos into big scores, his form this year has been excellent and he seems to me to be reaping the benefits of technical work over the winter, together with adding some bulk to his body.
He has always looked a slight lad, but he is changed for the better now and can hit the boundaries more easily. There is still a tendency to get out when he is crashing fours around, perhaps getting over-confident, but he is a fine player and fully deserving of a longer deal.
The second is that for me he has played his way into the T20 side. I think him a better option than Billy Godleman in T20 and would be a great partner for Matt Critchley in that format. He is fleet-footed and a very good fielder, so that could be another piece of the jigsaw in place.
The injury to Reece obviously affected our bowling plans, of which he is a key component. Could there have been better use of Alex Hughes or Wayne Madsen, who each only bowled two inexpensive overs? Duanne Olivier again bowled a telling and economical spell in which he took key wickets, but I'm not sure that Hardus Viljoen has yet discovered rhythm this summer and he again went for nine an over. He looks quite laboured in his run up at this stage, compared to the latter part of last season.
It's tough though, because death bowling in these games, with shortish boundaries and big bats, is a lottery. You have to outwit the batsmen and as Ravi Rampaul found too, when they are moving around in their crease, there's a 50/50 chance of your line being right. And bowling at Viljoen's pace, an edge travels a long way, quickly.
Kohler-Cadmore played the match-winning innings, but when he went the odds switched to a Derbyshire win. Yet Fisher got away with an edged four and from then on rode his luck. He played some good shots too and nothing can be taken away from him or Yorkshire.
I thought Rampaul bowled better yesterday and his five wickets were a good return for his efforts. Like a few others I have been critical of him at times, but he did a decent job against strong opponents.
There are times in a season when you play 'big' teams and they have all the big names present and will thrash you. Yesterday, Yorkshire had a few missing but a very strong side out - and we took it to the death.
Our destiny still lies very much in our own hands as we move to Northampton on Friday, then welcome Lancashire to the 3aaa County Ground on Sunday. We will be without Luis Reece for the rest of the group games, after it was confirmed today he has a broken metatarsal. It will be a big loss, but his absence affords opportunity to someone else, who must grasp it.
More from me in due course.