Bangladesh beat Worcestershire by four wickets
On their last visit to Worcestershire two decades ago, Bangladesh were so poor that they were beaten by a scratch side of local club players.
It was a far happier occasion yesterday for the tenth and newest of the ICC's Test cricket-playing countries as they this time won on Worcestershire soil - thereby achieving their first victory in this country.
That first visit to the county, at Bromsgrove way back in 1986, came against a team of local cricketers brought together at short notice to offer the Bangladeshis some much-needed match practice after being called in as late replacements for a World Cup qualifier.
And, judged by their efforts in the two Test defeats they have suffered to England over the past fortnight, each in little more than two days, this current Bangladesh team have looked in need of a lot more than mere match practice.
Again, that looked the case when they stood at 24-3 in the 11th over yesterday afternoon, seemingly a long way short of reaching even a total as inadequate as Worcestershire's 168.
But, taking advantage of a home side admittedly only at half strength, Bangladesh showed just how far they have come.
Triggered by an 82-run fourth-wicket stand between Javed Omer Belim and Bangladeshi's great young hope Mohammad Ashraful, the visitors ultimately reached their target in comfort, with 14 overs to spare.
That all rather spoiled the show for Worcestershire's outgoing director of cricket Tom Moody, on the day he finally bowed out at New Road after three spells of service totalling more than 13 years.
Moody was honoured with an end-of-match presentation on the players' balcony, at which he was showered with kind words by chief Executive Mark Newton and chairman John Elliott.
And he leaves comforted by knowing that he has bequeathed an operation which appears a lot more professionally run than when he first returned to the county as coach prior to the 2001 season 41/2 years ago.
"I've made many friends in the dressing room and hopefully not too many enemies," said Moody. "And I'd like to think the county's future is now in very good hands.
"I think the thing I am most proud of is seeing Kabir Ali , Vikram Solanki and Gareth Batty all make the journey to the next level.
" Every young player dreams of playing for their country and it's nice to have been able to help in the process of them going on to represent England. But the other pleasing thing is to see our Academy structure start to bear some good fruit. Worcestershire have not produced local players for some years and we are now doing that."
Two of those young Worcestershire Academy players, Kidderminster teenager Steven Davies and Daryl Mitchell from Badsey, were appropriately involved on Moody's last weekend with the County. But it was the absence of too many star names that cost them victory in this one.
Solanki Kabir and Batty are all away on England duty, preparing for today's Twenty20 clash with Australia at the Rose Bowl but Worcestershire also decided that they could managed without Graeme Hick, yesterday confirmed as stand-in skipper for next month in Solanki's absence, and leading wicket-taker Matt Mason.
Worcestershire were hoping that the much hyped Shoaib Akhtar, preferred to the outgoing Chaminda Vaas, might have had more of an impact on his first start. But, despite conceding just four runs off his first four overs, as well as claiming a wicket in only his second over, he proved a lot more expensive late on.
Returning to the attack in a bid to halt Bangladeshi's match-turning partnership, the diminutive Ashraful hit him for three fours in one over.
Nadeem Malik, who struck with his first ball of the day, and Ray Price kept their team in it, taking two wickets apiece, while Zander De Bruyn went for 39 off his four overs.
But, despite 34 with the bat from De Bruyn earlier, and 22 from Jamie Pipe, the home side suffered from a generally poor batting display as they crashed to a fourth successive one-day defeat.
Embarrassingly Worcestershire's top scorer was "extras" with 46.