First game and first defeat for Derbyshire today, as they were beaten by the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Select XI by seven wickets.
Charlie Macdonell made 58, Shiv Thakor 40 and Wayne Madsen 28 in a Derbyshire total of 207-9 in forty overs. The consolation for what was only a decent total was that our own Academy fast bowler, Dan Gibbs, took 3-20 in seven overs.
The hosts soon slipped to 44-3 with Tom Milnes taking two wickets and Tom Taylor one, but John Hancock, with 88 not out and Dan Brierley with an unbeaten 80 shared a stand of 165 to steer their team to a comfortable win.
More important than the result is players getting time in the middle, which happens again with a fixture against Loughborough University away, starting on Friday.
Might be a few people back for that one...