Sam Conners took a wicket with the first ball of the innings for Derbyshire today, but after the first hour it was a day of graft for the bowlers in what became good batting conditions.
Conners bowled well in his first spell and should have had three wickets, but Leus du Plooy put down two catches at first slip, neither especially difficult and Fell and Libby survived, at least briefly.
A fine throw from Matt Critchley ran out Libby, who looked in good touch, but the only wicket in the afternoon was that of Ross Whiteley, who batted in unaccustomed dogged style before going at one that cut across him from Melton and being well caught at second slip by Madsen.
That was it for a long time as Haynes survived a sketchy start and a tough low chance to Guest to make his highest first-class score. He will be kicking himself all night after slapping an awful long hop from Critchley to deep square leg, where Melton held on to a really good catch. A century was three nudges away..
D'Oliveira also looked in little trouble before playing a shot from the Schoolboy Book of Slogging and hitting it straight up in the air. Thereafter Cox and Barnard hit merrily and it suggested the wicket now holds few alarms. It was a surprise when Cox nicked one to Guest in the day's final over, but fair reward for Aitchison, who kept line and length well all day.
It wasn't a great day for Matt Critchley, whose early spell was erratic, nor for Dustin Melton besides his catch. Both will have better days but the seven bowlers used all grafted on a lovely sunny day.
Meanwhile at Belper, there was a morale-boosting win for the Seconds against a strong Lancashire side in a T20 match.
Bowling first, they had the visitors out for 96, with Mattie McKiernan returning the excellent figures of 4-0-7-2 and Australian trialist Bailey Wightman 4-0-10-4.
The chase wasn't easy against a side featuring Gleeson, Hartley, Hurt, Balderson and Blatherwick, but McKiernan made 45 from 29 balls as Derbyshire won with time to spare and six wickets in hand.
It stakes a T20 claim for McKiernan, who might well offer additional variety for Dominic Cork in the very near future.
We should see Ben McDermott bat tomorrow.
Let's hope it is worth the wait.