Central Districts were gone for all money. 228 for nine chasing Auckland's 282 in the Ford Trophy One-Day final, and the match was as good as over.
But someone forgot to tell Michael Mason. The CD veteran was playing his last match for our home association. 19 balls later, he had a career-best one day score of 41 not out his credit, and the Stags had grabbed the unlikeliest of victories.
Cricket still throws up some great results, and when you add last night's win by the hapless Indians over Australia to the mix, you can understand why, to paraphrase 10CC, we don't like cricket; we love it!