I can remember Corey Collymore at deep mid-off failing to get to a catch off Carl Hooper and the ball landing just over the rope for yet another six.
This is one of the few memories I have of what is, technically, my best bowling return: seven for 222 against Lancashire, 2003 at Edgbaston.
I guess it's a natural reaction to trauma to suppress as much of the memory as possible. The Lancashire batsmen seemed to have only one strategy against spin which was to attack, and then if things got a little tough, attack some more.
It epitomises the modern technique against orthodox finger spin, where batsmen play more aggressively earlier in their innings than used to be the case. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but in general, through the use of a variety of sweeps and charging down the wicket, finger spinners are subject to belligerent, sometimes violent, tactics.
Ashley Giles has seen this change at first hand. When he first started playing first-class cricket in the early-1990s, batsmen swept, if they did so at all, for a single to the man on the boundary at backward square leg. Now, sweeps are often played with the primary intention of hitting a boundary, perhaps over deep mid-wicket.
Batsmen are so adept at hitting over the top that boundary fielders are a necessity, often from the start of their innings. And this is not just limited to the top-order batsmen, the lower-order players are also capable of playing such shots with complete control.
The intelligent positioning of fielders is crucial to the spin bowler and a deep-set field might not be a defensive one if the batsman is trying to hit the spinner out of the attack. A common strategy is to have a so-called 'in-out field' where there is a mixture of men placed around the bat and on the boundary. This gives the bowler a chance of picking up a wicket should the ball spin or bounce, but with some cover to stop the batsman chipping over the infield at will.
The shift towards a more forceful approach occurred during the mid-90s, inspired by Warwickshire skipper Dermot Reeve's decision to target spin bowlers and aim to take them for five runs an over on average.
Through the use, most famously, of the reverse sweep, spin bowlers were faced with a new challenge and whilst the others were watching and contemplating, Warwickshire were winning games and redefining the rules of playing spin.
One of the batsmen I used to dislike seeing coming to the wicket was Adam Hollioake. He was a ferocious striker of the ball and was particularly unforgiving when he faced spin bowlers.
So imagine my delight, and indeed surprise, when last year he chipped his first ball back to me for a caught and bowled. I was so elated that I almost crushed the ball in my hands, I held it so tightly.
The physical demands of bowling spin should not be underestimated. The effort at the crease to impart energy on the ball puts the limbs under strain but it doesn't compare to the demands on the seam bowlers.
Dougie Brown almost rattles when he walks onto the pitch, because of the number of pain-killers and anti-inflammatory tablets he has to take. His preparation for the day involves not only the usual limbering-up exercises, but the plastering-up of various blisters on his feet.
A couple of years ago, I spent some weeks in India. I was astonished to find that almost all of the finger-spinners bowled the top-spinner or " doosra", even the youngest cricketers. It is an area of the game which barely existed even ten years ago.
Muttiah Muralitharan is the leading exponent of the art, although there are many more. I think batsmen have also improved considerably against this type of bowling: look at Saqlain Mushtaq's diminishing returns for Surrey.
Spin bowling can be a thankless task. It can also provide some scintillating cricket. I only hope that I can replace my best bowling with something a bit more respectable.