I think it safe to say that if Derbyshire are to get anywhere close to the knockout stages of this competition this year we need to raise our game by about a hundred per cent.
With the honourable exceptions of Wayne Madsen and Calum MacLeod the batting was very average tonight. Slater's wicket was a poor run out, though good fielding, while Critchley played too many air shots for common sense. His early departure was only a matter of time and while MacLeod and Madsen batted well, they were never able to free the shackles of good, sensible, accurate bowling.
Madsen played as he did last year and towards the end unfurled some glorious shots. I felt that with a good start with the ball, we could have made a game of it with his late burst. MacLeod meanwhile played an innings of promise and will prove an asset in this competition.
Yet in reply, Derbyshire's bowlers were very average. Liam Livingstone and Alex Davies treated the attack with near disdain, the former progressing to a century that seemed inevitable from the first ball that he faced. It was perhaps a case of facing a very good batsman on a good day, but the bowlers were poor tonight.
I thought Lockie Ferguson perhaps the best of them, but that's all relative on a night that Derbyshire will want to forget. We weren't beaten tonight, we were slaughtered.
Hardus Viljoen was pretty poor, once again and I am increasingly of the opinion that Derbyshire's high-earner is of little value in this competition. If he bowled straight it went a long way, if it wasn't it made Daryn Smit's life very awkward. Unless he can find a better control of line or length, we would be better going with Safyaan Sharif, though the tail would then be worryingly long.
I hope his professionalism sees him work hard to turn it around, because his recent form has been very poor. Two overs for 37 tells its own story.
So too does the opposition winning with 33 balls to spare.
There is so much work to do.