It came too late to save Worcestershire's Twenty20 Cup hopes this summer. And it was certainly not the main item on yesterday's worldwide sporting agenda.
But there was much to be thrilled about for another near-capacity New Road crowd as Graeme Hick steered the county to a three-wicket win over his familiar fall guys Somerset.
The ageless New Road run king pelted four sixes and ten fours in a match-winning 97 from 49 balls to secure a second successive Twenty20 win.
In fact, in helping his team reach a total of 200 for only the second time in Twenty20 and with an over to spare against the holders of the competition best team score, it was such a quality knock that the two umpires felt it worthy of the 'man of the match' award.
Some feat, given that Somerset skipper Cameron White had earlier broken the world individual Twenty20 record by hitting 141 off just 70 balls.
But, as ever, Hick's own personal batting feats always come second place in his own mind to what they have done for the team. And all he is hoping for is another match-winning knock against Warwickshire in tomorrow night's final group game to return Worcestershire to four-day duty still in winning mode.
"We started badly in this competition," agreed Hick. "But we've now won our last couple. It would have been hard to pick up the momentum again for the Champion-ship. But finishing with another win on on Tuesday would keep us in that right winning frame of mind."
The only minor disappointment was that, when Zaheer Khan flashed an edged four through the vacant slip area to win the game, Hick was left three short of his second ton in Twenty20 and the 163rd of his career.
Other than those so need-lessly deafening bursts of music which had their usual effect of making everyone jump out of their seats and Worcester are one of the worst offenders in this respect, it was hard to pick fault with the entertainment.
To have the pleasant mid-afternoon peel of the bells from the Cathedral drowned out by Tony Christie asking to be shown the way to 'Amarillo' does seem like you've just died and gone to hell.
But what else do you expect of a game that kicked off at 3pm than football razzmatazz.
As can often happen in this form of cricket, the Somerset scorecard had the look of a Birmingham League game about it. Dwarfed by the record effort from their star 'overseas pro', the rest of the Somerset effort was feeble, the next best out of their total of 198 for four being Jimmy Hildreth's unbeaten 27.
It meant that, despite White's entry into the history books, Somerset's score was still reachable. But, given that Worcestershire had only once before passed such a total in 24 previous attempts at Twenty20, it was still a tall order.
"It was an exceptional innings by Cameron White," said Hick generously. "Getting 141 off 70 balls takes
some doing, but we're learning to play Twenty20 and we know 200 is gettable now."
It was the way Worcester started and finished that proved crucial.
Despite Lou Vincent flop-ping again, Vikram Solanki blasted 33 in just 12 balls to hammer poor Simon Francis out of the attack. Even Hick was left a sleeping partner. "When Vikram's going like that, you just stand at the other end and admire," he said.
But Hick, too, had an admiring audience later on. When Francis returned with 39 still needed off four overs, Hick hit 19 in one over to leave the poor lad with the ugly figures for 0 for 47 off three, and Worcestershire off the bottom of the Midlands/West/Wales division.