Derbyshire visit New Road today for their Liverpool Victoria County Championship Division Two match to find their hosts hopeful, fretful and unsure in equal measure following an embarrassing weekend loss to Scotland.
Worcestershire's eight-run Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy defeat at The Grange has left Steve Rhodes, the Worcestershire director of cricket, uncertain as to whether the home side are still be carrying psychological scars after a third consecut ive defeat in all competitions.
It will not be so much the fact that they lost - Rhodes has been there and done that himself - but the manner of reverse that will worry him after Worcestershire let one of the tournament's smaller fry off the hook having initially reduced them to 77 for five.
But a 92-run sixth-wicket stand meant Worcestershire were left with a total at least 30 runs too large and a target they were always outsiders to reach.
That's where the hope comes in. Rhodes is optimistic that the half-centuries scored by Vikram Solanki and Graeme Hick during the chase are a sign of rather more productive times to come with his team seemingly turning the corner with the bat.
The veterans' contributions came a few days after his openers Daryl Mitchell and Stephen Moore tucked into the palatable combination of student bowling and a decent pitch served up in last week's university match in Harrogate.
"I think the batting is turn-ing round," Rhodes said. "We enjoyed a lot of good practice up at Harrogate where we got some runs.
"When you start a season the one thing you want is for your batters to get time at the crease and the bowlers to get some overs under their belt - the game came just at the right time for that.
"I was pleased with the way they approached it by preparing a good pitch.
Sometimes those games can be less effective but as a coach I enjoyed watching it."
Mitchell scored a double century in a first-wicket stand of 345 with his South African team-mate.
There is less confidence about the bowling, though, with pacer Matt Mason and off-spinner Gareth Batty missing out this morning.
Mason is still struggling with a shoulder injury while Batty has a knee problem that, Rhodes maintains, needs rest rather than serious treatment.
Ray Price, the left-arm finger-spinner, comes in to the team in place of Batty while Roger Sillence retains his place.
Which brings us back to the mental wounds inflicted in Edinburgh - such damage is rather more difficult to assess.
Rhodes said: "I am sure it will leave psychological scars. I have played and lost to Scotland myself and I know that it is something that never leaves you.
"But the important thing is that we turn up on Wednesday with a very positive, upbeat frame of mind and don't dwell on things like that.
"If you do that, you only suffer all over again so we have to put it behind us and move on."
As for the opposition, Rhodes has been impressed by Derbyshire's progress. After pre-season predictions of gloom, the team led by former Warwickshire player Graeme Welch have yet to be beaten.
Rhodes said: "They are an improved side from last year and they have some quality players - like Chris Taylor who they signed from Yorkshire.
"He has done really well so far - I think he has played eight innings and passed 50 five times. They are definitely a lot stronger this year than last year."
The visitors will field the same XI that narrowly beat Glamorgan at Cardiff, which means there is still no place in the line-up for Kevin Dean, who nevertheless travels to New Road this morning along with Andy Gray.
Dave Houghton, Derbyshire's director of cricket, the former Zimbabwe Test player and a former Worcestershire coach, said: "We've had a decent start to the season and confidence is high. Let's hope it continues." ..SUPL: