Final day: Warwickshire (18pts) defeated Durham (7) by 18 runs
Were Shergar, ridden by Elvis Presley and trained by Lord Lucan, to win the Derby, it would hardly represent a greater comeback than Warwickshire's dramatic victory over Durham.
Warwickshire revived a campaign that had been on the brink of imploding with a performance of character, resilience and no little skill. In the words of Lee Daggett, they pulled off "the kind of result that can change a season".
For this win was much-needed. Frustration from supporters was growing audibly and just a little of the team's belief was starting to ebb away. The level of expectation at Edgbaston, both from the team and its supporters, was enormous at the start of this season and the struggles since had created an equal amount of disappointment.
Victory shouldn't disguise flaws, but it should revive spirits and cricket, as we all know, is a game where confidence plays a prominent part. Most importantly, it keeps Warwickshire closer to the top of the Division One table than the bottom.
When Warwickshire lost their eighth wicket in the second innings, they were just 26 runs ahead. They were dead and buried. Yet, despite being outplayed for six sessions in a row, the Bears simply refused to give up.
Tony Frost and Heath Streak gave them a chance with a ninth-wicket stand of 113, before Warwickshire captured Durham's last eight wickets for the addition of 71 runs on the final day.
Only a dressing room united in spirit and purpose could have pulled off such a turnaround. This victory and the manner in which it was achieved bodes very well indeed for the future.
Perhaps the most heartening aspect of this performance was that two of its chief architects were relative youngsters. Lee Daggett and Jimmy Anyon were both superb on the final morning; bowling a probing line, illustrating impressive maturity and suggesting the future is brighter than it has sometimes appeared of late.
Both men progressed through the youth system at Lancashire but, competing for places with the likes of Sajid Mahmood, James Anderson and Kyle Hogg, neither could secure a deal. Lancashire's loss is undoubtedly Warwickshire's gain.
Daggett, on his home debut, was magnificent. He hardly wasted a delivery - a characteristic of his bowling - and found enough swing, both reverse and conventional, to trouble all the batsmen.
His spell on the final day (five for 24 from 9.4 overs) was a brilliantly sustained example of accurate fast-medium bowling and meant that neither Dougie Brown or Alex Loudon were required by their captain.
His final figures (six for 30) were the best by a Warwickshire bowler since Heath Streak took seven wickets in each innings on debut in 2004.
Daggett seems to enjoy bowling to Durham. It was against the same team he produced his career-best figures of eight for 94 in April 2004. At the time, he was a student and representing Durham UCCE, but Durham showed no interest in signing him. Nor did Derbyshire or Kent, despite trials.
In fairness to those counties, Daggett doesn't look like a fast bowler - until he has a ball in his hand, anyway. He isn't blessed with great height, or the large frame of Streak or Anyon.
Yet he is intelligent, persistent and blessed with some talent. His 12 Championship wickets (at 14 apiece) have owed nothing to fortune and Warwickshire deserve credit for spotting something in the 23-year-old that others had missed.
Anyon is a slightly different type of bowler, hitting the pitch hard and looking for movement off the seam. Some days, he looks like a new Angus Fraser. Some days, he looks as if he's bowling with a shuttlecock.
The difference on Saturday was that he ran in that bit harder and found some extra devil and bounce. He looked an infinitely better bowler for it.
They were backed by a superlative display in the field. Nick Knight's catch, low and far to his left at second slip, to dismiss Phil Mustard, was described by Streak as "awesome and match-winning." It is no exaggeration. It was barely a chance at all.
Pressure played its part. Rather than going on the attack, Streak cut off the boundaries and preyed on Durham's insecurities.
It was a controversial policy, but it worked a treat. The visitors buckled, for sure, but only because Warwickshire's bowlers and fielders were able to sustain the pressure.
It was Streak who made the breakthrough on the final day. Gary Pratt, without addition to his overnight score, edged one angled across him, before Jimmy Maher drove loosely at one outside off. Gareth Breese gloved a short ball down the leg side before Mustard's thick edge was spectacularly held by Knight.
Only when Otis Gibson fell did Warwickshire appear favourites, however. The former West Indies international produced much brilliant cricket in this game. Both Streak and county coach Mark Greatbatch reckoned his first-innings bowling as good as they had seen all season and his batting had cemented his side's advantage.
But it was Gibson's failure to cling on to a chance offered by Tony Frost just after lunch on the third day that proved the turning point. Frost was on just five at the time.
Now Gibson attempted a fierce drive only to feather an edge to the keeper. The batsmen was clearly unhappy with the decision and took an age to leave the crease, but perhaps it was disappointment as much as dissent. His departure exposed the tail and left Warwickshire scenting blood.
Though the game's denouement was delayed by lunch - only in cricket - Warwickshire were not to be denied.
Dale Benkenstein hardly deserved to be on the losing side after 167 unbeaten runs in the match but when he accepted a single to the first ball after lunch, it exposed his partners to disastrous effect. Graham Onions nibbled at one outside off before Mick Lewis completed a king pair by driving to extra cover.
"I thought we were out of it," Streak admitted afterwards. "We've been under some pressure. The psychology of losing Daniel Vettori was tough to take and this win is great for the confidence of the team. It was a great group effort.
"Tony Frost got us back in the game. Our partnership was the turning point and we showed our character as a team.
"Lee Daggett reaped just reward for all his hard work. That's just how he has bowled for the seconds. He is disciplined and keeps asking questions of the batsmen.
"There was a little uneven bounce and the pitch was a bit two-paced, but Lee used the conditions fantastically.
"We know there have been too many soft dismissals when we have batted, but our anxiety has been relieved by this win and hopefully we can take it into our next game." ..SUPL: