The big criticism of limited-overs cricket is that it can be formulaic, but on Monday at Edgbaston, regular observers of the genre were treated to something that few could ever have expected to witness.
It wasn't the feckless Warwickshire batting; sadly, that is far from unique. And it wasn't the fact that an innings built on calm accumulation trumped one built on wild swipes that is the nature of such contests; a point on which Warwickshire's batsmen would do well to reflect.
The big surprise came from the stands. It was the heckle, bellowed with almost tangible anger, "Bring back Greatbatch!" That really was a surprise.
After ruling out the possibility of the man himself creeping back into the ground, or that John Claughton could produce such a guttural howl, the obvious conclusion was that a portion of supporters have already lost patience in the rebuilding process goiung on at Edgbaston. It was a sentiment underlined by the few boos that rang out when Warwickshire's final wicket fell.
Perhaps such frustration is inevitable. After all, summer has barely begun and Warwickshire are already on the brink of elimination from the Friends Provident Trophy.
Two losses and an abandonment means they will probably have to win all five of their remaining games to have any chance of progressing. On this form, that looks highly unlikely.
But 'bring back Greatbatch'... really, things aren't that bad, are they? The guilty heckler would do well to reflect on the state of this side at the end of last season. The fact that a County Championship game was not won after May 5; that the team lost six out of seven limited-overs games and that the atmosphere in the dressing room was as happy as Fallujah but lacking the fighting spirit.
Ashley Giles and Allan Donald need to be given substantially more than a few weeks to turn things around.
That having been said, this really was an awful display of batting from Warwickshire. The pitch was not the easiest and the light not the best, but to succumb to 103 all out (their lowest List A total since 2002) was inexcusable.
Leicestershire bowled with admirable discipline and skill, but several wickets owed a large amount to a lack of composure and the self-belief, so vital to the success of limitedovers teams, is clearly still lacking.
Warwickshire actually performed rather well in the field. Ant Botha and Darren Maddy, in particular, bowled with good control, while the fielding stood up well in damp conditions that had resulted in the game being shortened to 23 overs per side.
Maddy, reasoning that faster bowlers might prove easier to score off, relied more on his slower bowlers and made 12 bowling changes in an attempt to prevent the batsmen from settling.
But Leicestershire gauged the conditions more accurately. Though they managed just five fours in their entire innings, they picked up the singles far better than their hosts and retained their cool despite the apparent modesty of their total.
In the end, the fourth-wicket partnership of 63 in ten overs between James Allenby and Boeta Dippenaar probably made all the difference. Both men struggled for fluency, but Allenby pulled one six off a rare poor ball from Jonathan Trott, while Dippenaar produced the shot of the day in making some room and driving Botha over extra-cover for six.
In reply, however, Warwickshire subsided to an array of wild swipes. Neil Carter missed a heave across the line, Ian Bell's horrid innings (he was missed on two and three) was ended when his wild drive produced only an edge while Ian Westwood perished in similar fashion after cutting without any foot movement whatsoever.
Jonathan Trott received a good ball that left him off the seam before the previously impressive Maddy skied a leading edge to third man. Botha, standing out of his ground, was then stumped by the quick-witted Paul Nixon, standing back to Nadeem Malik, while Michael Powell was yorked.
At least while Tim Ambrose survived at the crease, there was hope. He was dropped on just eight, but failed to capitalise and was the eighth man out when missing a reverse sweep. Tim Groenewald endured another grim day and, after flailing like a drowning man for a while, finally gave the catch that put him out of his misery. The final margin of victory was crushing for such a short game.
Certainly, this was a day when the Promised Land looked mighty distant. But all Warwick-shire supporters must have known that there would be days like this and for a minority to have lost patience during the first home limited-overs game of the season is verging on the absurd.
Meanwhile, Warwickshire named their squads for both the LV County Championship game starting at Derby tomorrow and the first game of the Second XI Championship season, against Surrey at Cheam. Jim Troughton makes his comeback from injury in the Second XI game, while Tony Frost plays as a specialist batsman.
Warwickshire (from): D Maddy (capt.), I Westwood, I Bell, J Trott, M Powell, T Ambrose (wkt), A Botha, I Salisbury, N Carter, M Zondeki, J Anyon, L Daggett.
Warwickshire Second XI: N Poonia, R Johnson (wkt), J Troughton, L Parker (capt), T Frost, N James, T Groenewald, C Woakes, Naqaash Tahir, A Miller, S Hole, C Macleod.