T20 matches come thick and fast at this early stage and we have an early chance to make amends for last night's defeat against Lancashire when we play Worcestershire at the 3aaa County Ground tomorrow afternoon.
There are things we can do to make a better fist of tomorrow's game, aside from hoping that we don't run into a batsman in prime form, as was the case with Liam Livingstone last night. As I wrote then, sometimes you have to credit the opposition for playing well and he played an innings of astonishing talent and power.
Yet the target was never sufficiently challenging to put pressure on Lancashire. Full credit to Wayne Madsen, who is a fine player in this format and produced a full range of shots in batting almost through the innings. Someone has to do that and it is an established way to success in T20, but we reverted to the bad old days by allowing far too many dot balls.
There were twenty-nine in the Derbyshire innings, twenty of them coming in the Powerplay, which is pretty poor. So over half of the balls when the field was in and aggressive shots can clear them brought nothing. Successful sides will generally look to make ten an over from the first six - we took ten overs to reach 60. From there it was always a case of playing catch up.
I was impressed by Calum MacLeod, who worked it around well and lent good support to Wayne Madsen and I wondered how much more effective we would be had we had Luis Reece in there too. Part of last year's success was in having alternate left/right batsmen in down the order, but the early departure of Slater and the absence of Reece and Godleman meant that the visiting attack could get their lines right from the start.
So two things there but the bowling is another area for tweaking.
I hope that all three convince me otherwise, but there was no suggestion of anything special from three senior members of the team - Gary Wilson, Ravi Rampaul and Hardus Viljoen. I don't get the 'wow' factor from Wilson's captaincy and the failure to give Alex Hughes, a proven bowler in the format, an over until the tenth of the innings suggested a degree of inflexibility. It was highlighted last year, when Wayne Madsen opened the bowling against Hampshire, as he had with success all season, rather than give the ball to someone to bowl short against the Pakistan veteran.
Wilson is not especially mobile in the field and has struggled with a knee injury for a while, while his batting was not explosive enough for the situation when he came in to bat. Maybe Hughes or Viljoen should have come ahead of him, but I hope we are not going to have to hide the skipper in the field for whatever reason. He took a very good catch, but needs to play a big role from here.
I thought Lockie Ferguson and Wahab Riaz did OK, considering that the former hasn't played a match for two months and the latter for four. The overs will have done them good and getting that rustiness away will be useful. Rampaul bowled a few decent balls but some that were very poor, while Viljoen doesn't give me the vibe of a man who will take a lot of wickets anytime soon.
I don't think we can play all four in the same side, so the choice may come down to one of the latter two. Viljoen may get the nod for his greater batting ability at the end of an innings, though Rampaul has the far greater record of T20 success.
Whether John Wright decides on changes for tomorrow is a moot point, but he will at least consider bringing in Safyaan Sharif for one of those bowlers and both Anuj Dal and Matt McKiernan would give us different bowling options, while lengthening the batting.
Things to consider, decisions to make. One defeat doesn't make qualification unlikely, but the damage to our net run rate sees us bottom of the group after one match.
It is down to professionalism to get us back to parity tomorrow, against a Worcestershire side that tops the group after two games and has a powerful batting line up.
I'm not being negative, but I am being realistic in saying that we start the game as distant second favourites.
I hope they prove me wrong.