Derbyshire 318 and 209 (Slater 68, Viljoen 44, Patel 6-76, Brookes 4-56)
Warwickshire 439 (Olivier 4-134) and 19-1
Warwickshire need 70 more runs to win
The poor manner in which Derbyshire's much vaunted seam attack bowled yesterday was made patently obvious today, when Warwickshire took the field for the Derbyshire second innings.
Eighteen-year old Henry Brookes bowled fast and full, swinging the ball both ways and making Luis Reece look rather silly in leaving one that took his off stump. Then next ball he completely beat Wayne Madsen for pace with a searing yorker, something you see very rarely and making me question his Cricinfo billing as 'right arm medium'.
Brookes soon accounted for Madsen, caught by Patel from a leading edge, in an opening spell of great potential. There was nothing like what he bowled from our seamers, and although they came back better today, I don't think Duanne Olivier, who went for over four an over, nor Hardus Viljoen will look back on this game with a deal of affection.
Nor will Gary Wilson, whose life was made very awkward behind the stumps in a messy bowling effort that cost us 44 runs in extras. We can ill-afford such generosity and though Ben Slater and Alex Hughes got us through to the interval at 34-2, there was little confidence from county supporters at the ground or online, especially with Patel having entered the attack before the break.
In the afternoon, Slater and Hughes put up brave resistance, showing good concentration for almost ninety minutes, before Hughes was dismayed to be given leg before to Patel, presumably feeling it was too high. Billy Godleman came in and looked in poor touch, maybe having to face spin immediately, and didn't last long. Slater's long vigil and a shorter one of Wilson came in quick succession and thereafter it was only some clean blows from Viljoen, who looks a better batsman with every innings, before the innings ended on 209, leaving a mere 89 to win.
As I wrote last night, Patel was the difference and remains a class act, while Brookes looked a terrific talent.
The home side quickly lost Rhodes to Olivier, but at 19-1, their win tomorrow morning should be a formality, though it was good to see Critchley on early and Olivier bowling a far better line than in the first innings.
More from me tomorrow.