Warwickshire Bears defeated Northamptonshire Steelbacks by 41 runs...
Had Warwickshire scripted their day, it could not have gone any better.
With the Bears inflicting a comprehensive victory over Northamptonshire and results elsewhere going their way, Warwickshire booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Cup.
The logic may be tortuous but the end result is pleasing.
The draw for the quarterfinals will be made today. An away match on Monday July 18 at either Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Surrey or Leicestershire awaits.
Warwickshire's one-day cricket has improved noticeably over the course of this tournament. Their batsmen seem to have familiarised themselves with their positions while the bowlers appear more comfortable with their task.
The team at last appear to know their game plan and how to play to it. Whether they can transfer this form to the totesport League campaign remains to be seen but there is, for perhaps the first time this season, reason for optimism in the team's one-day cricket.
While Warwickshire's undoing in earlier matches was their top-order batting, last night it was their strength. With Nick Knight winning the toss for the first time in all eight matches, Warwickshire were able to take advantage of the best of the light and batted with calm authority.
Belying the urgency of the situation, Neil Carter (27 balls, five fours and two sixes) and Knight (44 balls, five fours and two sixes) allowed themselves time to settle in. It was a wise tactic, for the pair then weighed-in to the bowling, providing the perfect platform with a stand of 63 in 45 balls.
But the innings of the day came from Ian Bell.
For all his success in the first-class game, Bell's form in one-day cricket has been ghastly and this was his first limited-overs half-century this season and his first in Twenty20 cricket.
Bell has been shuffled up and down the order in the last 12 months but believes that number three is his natural position. Here, allowed time to build, he timed the ball beautifully from the off and added 94 in nine overs with Knight.
Man-of-the-match Bell (38 balls, six fours, two sixes) was soon into his stride, lofting Johann Louw for four over cover, and producing a sublime late cut off Bilal Shafayat. There were two driven sixes, too, and Bell looked in better form as a one-day player than he had for many months.
With Trevor Penney (11 balls, two sixes and two fours) demonstrating his excellence as a one-day ' finisher', Bell added 48 in 20 balls, and for the second time in the competition this season took Warwickshire's total beyond 200.
They were aided by a sloppy fielding performance from the visitors. Perhaps it was relevant that they were already assured of qualification, for they seemed to lack application, with the worst offender - the hapless Tom Huggins - suffering a fearfully torrid time from the merciless inhabitants of the Eric Hollies stand.
Northants' reply started well. Martin Love tucked into Heath Streak, flicked Dougie Brown off his legs for a nonchalant six and, with Usman Afzaal, had the visitors on target after five overs.
But the early introduction of Bell provided the breakthrough. Love fell to a leading edge and Usman was beaten by a bullet of a throw from the excellent Jim Troughton on the mid-wicket boundary.
James Anyon again impressed with three wickets. His well-disguised slower ball to 'york' the dangerous David Sales would have pleased a far more experienced campaigner.
Anyon again reaped the benefit for admirable line and length at a decent pace.
But it was surely fitting that Brown took the final wicket. It would not cross the mind of many players away on international duty to fly back to help their county out but Brown has proved his loyalty runs deep many times over the years and remains a pivotal part of every side he represents.
He dashed to Birmingham International Airport to catch an evening flight to Dublin and then drive up to Belfast to rejoin Scotland for today's match against Holland
Irrespective of future results on the pitch, this year's tournament can be celebrated as a success. Attendances have been excellent, particularly considering the inclement weather, and Warwickshire deserve credit for a concerted effort to attract new spectators. That is, after all, the reason why Twenty20 was introduced.
The groundstaff, led by Steve Rouse, deserve credit, too, for producing decent oneday pitches despite adverse conditions.
Most of all, however, this Cup overfloweth for the club's head of marketing, Stuart Robertson. He introduced this competition into the domestic programme during his time at the ECB and has shown that he can translate his skills to the day-to-day running of a county club.
He is widely seen as one of two likely successors (Tim Munton is the other) to Dennis Amiss as chief executive of the club, probably as early as next season. This triumph will have done him no harm.