When it's good, like it was for Worcestershire in their lastball victory over Warwickshire a week ago, Twenty20 cricket can be very, very good.
But when it's not, it's awful.
And, despite the gorgeous sunshine beaming down on another near-full house at New Road, last night's offering was a fairly sorry spectacle.
It wasn't just the fact that a third defeat on the trot has left Steve Rhodes' men facing imminent elimination from this year's competition. There's an awful lot of Worcestershire members who will actually be quite pleased about that, as it pretty much guarantees the eagerly awaited three-day game against the touring Australians going ahead here on July 31.
It was more the feeling of total anti-climax compared with the breathtaking show put on by both Pears and Bears here last Wednesday night.
It ought to have been another golden evening of cricket.
Worcestershire's cricketing public expected. But, despite the irritatingly optimistic encouragement of yet another of the brigade of over-the-top 'PA' announcers who seem to haunt Twenty20 cricket, the home team simply did not deliver.
It was perhaps best summed up by Shoaib Akhtar's first ball in competitive cricket for his new county - a leg side wide which hurtled so far adrift of the stumps it needed the goalkeeping skills of Peter Shilton from Worcestershire keeper Jamie Pipe to stop it going for four.
Shoaib was to go for 12 runs off his first over. And, despite the returning Kabir clean-bowling both Tim Roberts and Bilal Shafayat, Northamptonshire were allowed to get away.
David Sales' 59 off 45 balls and Usman Afzaal's 46 from 35 balls were the bedrock on which the visitors' innings of 180 was built.
Only home skipper Gareth Batty, whose three overs went for just 18 runs, proved a success with the ball. But Worcestershire's target was certainly not insurmountable.
'180' might be a great score in darts, but in Twenty20 it's really not that far over par. And, with Hick averaging over 60 in Worcestershire's three matches so far, the home side still had cause to be hopeful.
But, crucially, Hick did not face a ball in the first two overs, at the end of which the home side were still on 6 for no wicket - 20 runs behind what Northamptonshire had managed at the same mark.
Then came an even worse fate. In the fourth over, facing only his third ball, Hick was LBW.
And at no stage did Worcestershire look like pulling it round from there.
Stephen Moore made a creditable 53 off 50 balls, but, at this level, that is simply too slow, especially when nobody around him was staying long enough to offer genuine support. He was finally caught at long off by a brilliant catch from Ben Phillips.
As for the night itself, that reached rock bottom when the buffoon on the 'PA' made the memorable announcement: "The Mexico Wave will officially start from 'The Beach' end of the Basil D'Oliveira Stand at the end of this over."
At moments like that, you start to hope that maybe 'Twenty20' cricket does not have a future after all.