Derbyshire 110 (Madsen 37, Critchley 33)
Nottinghamshire 115-2 in 11.5 overs (Wessels 63)
Nottinghamshire won by eight wickets
And when it came, the battle royal turned into a damp squib.
We never turned up today.
Aside from this being a very good Nottinghamshire side, we played an innings of poor shot selection, hesitant running and sheer carelessness to be rolled over for 110.
Only when Wayne Madsen and Matt Critchley put on a fifty partnership for the fourth wicket did we look as if we would mount a respectable total, but before and after them the batting had the consistency of papier mache.
Even those two gave their wickets away in a fashion that belied the situation and the way in which Derbyshire were dispatched made the onlooker wonder if this was the same side that had played so well earlier in the competition. Our hosts bowled well, but truth be told we made Matt Carter look like Muralitharan today.
It wasn't a great wicket, with spin and movement for all bowlers, but you could argue it was the same for both sides and the home side wasted no time in winning the game inside twelve overs. It was helped by the usual brutal assault by Wessels, who must circle the dates of matches against us for when his average increases. Both Qadri and Critchley were put to the sword and the whole sorry affair came to a close in time for the spectators to get caught in the peak hour traffic on the way home.
I hope that this is as bad as it gets this season, because it was truly awful, painful to watch.
The match was all over inside the time it usually takes for one innings in this competition.
Which tells its own sorry story.