Second day: Worcestershire trail Essex by 330 runs with eight first-innings wickets standing
Judging by the angry comments of their frustrated fans at a post-match members' forum at Worcester last night, for many this season can't end soon enough.
The two obvious exceptions to that sort of negative thinking at New Road are the county's two top run scorers this summer, Stephen Moore and Ben Smith. And they were at it again yesterday in response to a massive Essex first innings total.
Essex's efforts, containing the rare sight of five different batsmen passing 50, actually surpassed their previous best against Worcestershire, the 560 for five declared they ran up at Leyton 84 years ago.
But, set the challenge of needing 425 to avoid a followon, Smith and Moore were in top form.
After a career-best 246 against Derbyshire in May, Moore's runs since have come on a more consistent, less spectacular basis.
While his 124 off 162 balls might only have been his second century of the summer, and only the fifth of a very promising career, it has still been another very good season for him.
To have scored 1,000 firstclass runs in his first full season with Worcestershire, an achievement he completed in last year's final game, was an impressive effort.
Invariably, after a successful first season, players fall back in their second. So for Moore to improve on that, to the tune of 1,287 runs, has been even more impressive.
Eyebrows have been raised beyond New Road that the South African-born opener, who is still only 24, should have been completely overlooked by England for this winter's plans. A place at the Academy would have been well deserved.
At 33, Smith, has long since been overlooked by England even after a highly successful first two years at New Road. His hopes of international recognition now look to be well gone.
But there are not many batsmen in England who can beat Smith's haul of five firstclass hundreds this summer, or his personal best tally of 1,393 runs. He needs just another 23 this morning to make it six centuries.
It might have been a different story had he not been put down when on six runs by the combined clumsy efforts of Essex wicketkeeper James Foster and first slip Alastair Cook. That came in Andre Adams' next over after getting the once prized scalp of Graeme Hick.
Even on a bright first day of autumn, Hick could not halt the slide that has seen him fail to claim even a half century since early June.
Adams castled him with a yorker that Hick's 39-year-old eyes failed to pick out, leaving his middle pole knocked out and his off stump sloping at an unhealthy angle.
Daryl Mitchell, deputising for Chris Gayle, had already wasted his opportunity to open the batting when he carved to Adams to give Essex youngster Ahmed his first wicket in English cricket.
But, by the close last night, Smith and Moore had put things smoothly back on track.
It still leaves Worcestershire needing another 181 runs to avoid the embarrassment of following on in the season's final game. But, on this batsman-friendly track, that should be achieved early this afternoon. The Essex total to which they were replying was perhaps larger than expected, after Tim Phillips and Graham Napier added half centuries.
But one plus point for the home side was that two of the wickets went to young Worcestershire Academy graduate Stuart Wedge, giving him a well-merited ' fivefor' on his county debut.