Lancashire 292-8 (Petersen 115, Palladino 3-70) v Derbyshire
At the end of what appears to have been an excellent day's cricket, Derbyshire's skipper Wayne Madsen felt that Lancashire had been allowed off the hook.
The game is still even, but from 55-4, the red rose county will be delighted by the application shown by their lower order, led by one of their Kolpak recruits, Alviro Petersen. He is a good player, as he has shown in previous county stints and showed all of his experience in battling through tricky pre-lunch conditions.
At that point one sensed we were a wicket away from breaking through, but the experienced South African showed that runs could be scored with sufficient application. Derbyshire bowled with discipline, led by Tony Palladino's three wickets, while two each for Mark Footitt and debutant Shiv Thakor showed that there was something in the wicket for seamers.
By the same token, wickets largely fell around the two new balls and batting became easier thereafter. We are very much in this game and we will not know the significance of this score until we have batted ourselves. A solid opening stand would help us considerably.
All in all it was a good effort in the field against a side that most critics suggest will bounce back to the top tier this summer. The only surprise, for me, was that it took until the 50th over and a century stand had been compiled before Alex Hughes turned his arm over. He has established a reputation as a wicket-taking bowler and I thought he may have bowled before that, especially when Petersen and Smith had handled everyone else with increasing authority.
A worthy effort then. Let's hope that our own efforts with the bat are equally stoic and tomorrow night I am reporting on an impressive batting display.