Jeevan Mendis made his first appearance for Derbyshire today, scoring 40 runs and taking two wickets as the second eleven beat The Unicorns by four wickets at Ticknall.
Former Nottinghamshire batsman Sam Kelsall top scored with 88 as the opposition scored 278-7 in their fifty overs, a total that reflected a good batting track and a decent side of players seeking a route back into the first-class game.
There were two wickets each for Tom Taylor and Ben Cotton too, before Ben Slater led off a reply that eased to victory with an over in hand. Skippering the side, Slater scored 69, Charlie Macdonell 36 and Tom Wood 41, before Callum Brodrick hit an unbeaten 33 to seal the win.
Elsewhere, Hardus Viljoen had a rigorous training and net session under the eye of Steve Stubbings and pronounced himself fit for the start of the season.
Only four sleeps to go, my friends.