First day: Worcestershire have scored 444 for three wickets against Somerset
Graeme Hick rolled back the years as he eased his way to another entry in cricket's record books.
On the ground where he truly made his name 18 years ago with his famous 405 not out, Hick imperiously swatted the 129th first-class century of his career, taking him clear of Graham Gooch on the all-time list of first-class centurymakers and level with Sir Len Hutton.
Only seven batsmen in the first-class game - Jack Hobbs, Patsy Hendren, Wally Hammond, Phil Mead, Geoff Boycott, Herbert Sutcliffe and Frank Woolley - have scored more centuries than Hick.
Perhaps even more importantly, in terms of pure class and further statistical nice-ties and only a fortnight after his 40th birthday, he showed there's life in the old dog yet.
Certainly, Hick might not have to wait long for the next record he breaks if he and partner Ben Smith continue this morning in the same sparkling form they showed in the Taunton sunshine yesterday afternoon.
Hick, who resumes on 151, and Smith, a mere support act on 121, have put on 270 for the fifth wicket and require only a further eight runs to remove the names of Alan Ormrod and Younis Ahmed from the county records after that pair put on 281 for the fifth wicket at Trent Bridge in 1979.
But, in the wake of Vikram Solanki and Steven Davies coming so close to breaking a 97-year-old county partner-ship record at Bristol (collecting in the process career-best scores of 222 and 192 respectively), one of more recent standing is in grave danger.
Even before Smith and Hick came together at 170 for three, this Taunton pitch was already looking a batsman's paradise to match the one Worcestershire found themselves on last week slightly further up the M5 at Bristol.
The four days at Nevil Road produced 1,468 runs. So for Worcestershire to have notched up 444 in the day at Taunton yesterday was only slightly above par.
Only three wickets fell in the day - all to Charl Willoughby.
The only surprise, given the level of overall batting domination, was that two were in the space of five overs just before lunch.
Having put on 123 fairly effortlessly with Phil Jaques, Stephen Moore chased a widish one from Willoughby and was caught behind for 53. Solanki, before he had time to settle, did the same, this time being caught at slip.
Smith then helped Jaques add 41 for the third wicket.
Although Smith survived a chance to slip on ten, Jaques was not so lucky when he was bowled Willoughby for 88.
From then on, it was just a case of how many Worcestershire would rattle up, although they were helped by one short boundary and some curious Somerset field-placings.
It took until the last ball before tea, at 4.15pm with the score 295 for three and Hick having just cut Peter Trego for three successive boundaries, before the home side posted a third man.
But that was to the longest boundary of all and, especially in the form Hick was in, run-scoring would have proved hard to stop wherever Somerset skipper Cameron White chose to place his fieldsmen.
Hick's first 50 took 84 balls but his second (to earn him his 99th hundred for Worcestershire) only a further 44 s uch was his level of acceleration.
By the close, not only had he and Smith struck their first centuries since the final match of last season but they broke the 270 set by Smith and Davies at New Road only last August as the county's best fifth-wicket stand against Somerset.
Perhaps most impressive of all, in his collection of 21 boundaries, was one all-run four.
On a blisteringly hot day, not a bad knock for a 40-year-old.