It has been almost a year since Warwickshire were not top of the table in Championship cricket.
By the end of May 2004 they had taken a lead in the table that they were never to relinquish and, such was their fine start to this season, they have, until now, once again been leading the way.
It would be foolish to read too much into Nottinghamshire moving ahead of Warwickshire yesterday. Only three matches have been played and, given fair weather and even an average day, Warwickshire will surely be in pole position again this evening. Yet, as they begin their match against a strong Sussex side in Brighton today, there are areas for improvement.
Unlike last year, when success was generally based on strong team performances, a feature of this season has been the outstanding individual efforts. Ashley Giles and Ian Bell have been quite brilliant to date but Nick Knight, the captain, will know that in order to sustain success other members must contribute more.
Jonathan Trott is one batsman whose form is causing some concern. He has scored only 81 runs in five Championship innings and is clearly becoming exacerbated by the situation.
That anxiety is no doubt part of the problem, as he looks far less relaxed at the crease. With the likes of Jim Troughton and Ian Westwood pushing for his spot such unease is natural.
This is only his second full season in county cricket. Many batsmen struggle at such a time, as opposition bowlers have had a chance to work out their frailties, but Trott's problems appear less serious.
Perhaps his footwork is fractionally slower and perhaps the bat is not quite as straight as it was last season. But there is nothing drastically different about Trott's technique. He should - and will - be treated with patience. A special talent is going through an inevitable poor patch.
'Promising' is perhaps the most over-used word in cricket. Some players seem to go through their whole career 'promising' but never quite delivering. It is to be hoped that Dewald Pretorius is not such an individual.
In fairness, only now is he back to full fitness. He possesses pace, movement, stamina and heart. But the time has come to deliver or, with Naqaash Tahir almost ready for a return, for him to make way.
Neil Carter is likely to win the final place but Nick Warren's swing could be valuable. If the club's aim is to develop youngsters, he must play instead of either Carter or Pretorius.
Heath Streak has not made the best start to the season but is perhaps just a bit of luck away from finding better form. This is almost certain to be Giles' final Championship match of the season and it is a worry how Warwickshire will dismiss sides in his absence.
SUSSEX (from): I Ward, R Montgomerie, M Yardy, M Goodwin, C Adams (capt.), M Prior (wkt.), J van der Wath, R Martin-Jenkins, Mushtaq Ahmed, J Kirtley, J Lewry, L Wright.
WARWICKSHIRE (from): N Knight (capt.), M Powell, I Bell, J Trott, A Loudon, D Brown, T Frost (wkt.), A Giles, H Streak, N Carter, D Pretorius, N Warren.