A 12-over run-chase may not be the firmest of foundations from which to build a revival but Worcestershire are hardly in a position to quibble.
Their rain-affected victory over Gloucestershire on Sunday has renewed hopes that the team might yet fulfil the dream of achieving top division status in the two league competitions.
On form they may well find themselves in the same division in both. But it will not be the top one.
Sunday's victory did, at least, stop the rot. They had not won since May 15 in the totesport League, June 11 in the Championship and were it not for two narrow victories against Warwickshire and one against Glamorgan (which hardly counts; they lose to everybody) in the Twenty20 Cup, they would have lost 13 matches in a row. Confidence cannot be high.
The flood-lit totesport League match against Hampshire this evening is another important contest. Hampshire are relegation rivals; equal on points with Worcestershire but with a superior run-rate.
Craig McMillan will be making his last appearance for Hampshire before departing on New Zealand duty. His replacement, former Worcestershire all-rounder Andy Bichel, will be at the Rose Bowl today but will not play until next week.
The hosts will be immeasurably strengthened by the availability of Kevin Pietersen and Chris Tremlett. The danger of Pietersen's batting is obvious but Tremlett, on the suspect pitches of the Rose Bowl and under lights, may well prove to be even more important.
Worcestershire have match-winners of their own, of course. Kabir Ali's extra experience of playing under lights could be useful, particularly in overcast conditions where he should find some swing, while the ageless David Leatherdale is averaging more than 50 in the competition and is sixth in the league's averages.
Vikram Solanki and Zander de Bruyn are also riding high. The match will be televised live on Sky Sports.
Shoaib Akhtar has also travelled with the team and will play in place of either Ray Price or Nadeem Malik if deemed fit.
Shoaib has also been pencilled in - you can never confirm much with such a mercurial character - for the weekend's match against the Australians. Worcestershire have confirmed their laudable intention to field a fullstrength side for the threeday match and a large crowd is expected.
Shoaib is already felt by some members to be a 'high maintenance' overseas signing but perhaps that is harsh. His extreme pace takes a heavy toll on him physically and he should be viewed as very much a luxury item. His body was not made for the day-to-day rigours of county cricket and, perhaps, nor was his mind.
It is interesting that Worcestershire have confirmed that they are keen to resign Glenn McGrath if he returns to county cricket. McGrath and Shoaib are fine fast bowlers but the reliable, day-in, day-out excellence of the former will also give him the edge.
"We'd sign him tomorrow," their chief executive Mark Newton said last night. "And his agent is aware of our interest."
Newton, incidentally, described himself as "very flattered" to be linked with the soon-to-be-vacant chief executive role at Edgbaston. Describing the position as "one of the best jobs in cricket", Newton reaffirmed his commitment to the New Road role but did add: "I have no plans to apply at present. But you never know."
Newton's enthusiasm for Worcestershire is absolutely genuine. If Warwickshire want him, they may have to do some courting.
Meanwhile, Warwickshire have been boosted by Ashley Giles and Ian Bell being released by England for tomorrow's floodlit totesport League match against Kent at Canterbury. Their availability means that Heath Streak, who was hoping to play as a batsman, will probably not be required and has played his last match for the club. For this season, anyway.
The mischievous might also suggest that Warwickshire have been boosted by the availability of Geraint Jones for Kent. Jones' glovework in the Test will have come as no surprise to those who have seen him at county level.
His travails should lead to greater appreciation by Tony Frost. True, he may not be as polished a performer behind the stumps as Keith Piper was but he compares very favourably with most county keepers. The club have been deeply fortunate to have such a pair from which to select.