Derbyshire 318 and 209
Warwickshire 439 and 85-2
Warwickshire won by eight wickets
The end, when it came, took less than an hour and was quite painless, as Warwickshire's two former England men, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, steered them past the winning post with ease, after the early loss of Sibley to Matt Critchley, whose bowling impressed in this game.
There was no great surprise in it, but the damage was, as previously written, largely self-inflicted.
We move back to the 3aaa County Ground this weekend with the visit of Durham, but there are a few issues for Derbyshire to sort out in the batting line up, before then
My understanding, for what it is worth, is that Billy Godleman opted to bat in the middle order this summer, thus allowing Luis Reece and Ben Slater, both currently averaging 49 in four-day cricket, to bat in their preferred positions.It was a laudable thing to do but, for me, not best for the team.
Wayne Madsen prefers to bat three, and is currently averaging 50 there. Then again, Wayne has scored runs opening the batting and at four, as well as first drop, so I don't really see tweaking his role as being much to the detriment of the side, or to his performance.
Alex Hughes prefers to bat at four, which currently leaves Billy at five. He is the skipper and a batting linchpin over the past few seasons at the top of the order, but is averaging six from five innings in the middle order this year. Were he not captain, there would be consideration as to his position in the side, but for me, we just need to move things around to get the best from him and retain the contributions of others.
There will be another change for Durham, because Gary Wilson is on Ireland duty. That should mean a recall for Daryn Smit, who scored an unbeaten century in the Lancashire League yesterday, but he should slip to seven and allow Matt Critchley to move up to six.
I like Gary Wilson as a batsman, especially in the one-day game, but I am less convinced by his keeping. While he made some good stops from wayward deliveries in this game, he also drops more 'routine' balls than he should, especially down the leg side and it impacts on the overall tidiness in the field.
Yet he averages 39 with the bat, something that Smit has to match, while performing behind the stumps to his usual standard.
Like a few of you, I would open with the skipper and Ben Slater, with Luis Reece going in at three, where he has done well in T20. With Wayne at four and Alex at five, the batting would have a more organised look to it, for me.
I'm not going to write off the season for one defeat, nor the batting. Four men currently average over 48 (Hardus Viljoen the other) and every side has blips along the way. Warwickshire will be in the mix this summer with four former internationals and we have run them close in this game.
And yet...if we are bowling Hardus Viljoen and Mark Footitt together, there is a danger of conceding a lot of runs quickly, in extras if nothing else, as both are prone to losses of radar. I suspect Ravi Rampaul will come in for Hamidullah Qadri at Derby, which will help, while Smit's return will improve the out cricket.
We lost to Warwickshire because our second day bowling was poor, careless, amateur - call it as you will. Had we bowled remotely to individual reputation, in the conditions, they would have made 250-300 at most and would have been chasing around 250 to win, a completely different game.
There's a few things to sort out, but if we manage that, we can get back to winning ways against Durham.