Cardiff: (Glamorgan won toss): Glamorgan 218-7 (2pts) beat Warwickshire 88 by 130 runs
Like a relay team that drop the baton, Warwickshire produced a performance of almost dazzling incompetence to slip to their ninth-lowest score in the 46-year history of List A cricket.
Forget the floodlights. They were hardly required before this match was decided. Forget any suggestion that dew rendered conditions unplayable, either. Conditions were largely the same for both sides. Certainly Jason Gillespie bowled well, but not unplayably so, and Glamorgan failed to grasp every chance. This was simply an inexplicably bad batting effort.
The upshot is that Warwickshire's Pro40 promotion hopes have suffered a serious blow. They were level with Glamorgan before the game but now lie sixth and cannot afford another defeat in their remaining four matches.
The Warwickshire of 2007 would have struggled to do so and, had this performance occurred under Mark Greatbatch, there would surely have been calls for his head. Ashley Giles is, quite rightly, under no such pressure. It would be wrong to read too much into one performance - however dreadful - and it would be churlish to deny the improvement the side has made this season.
Yet the pattern of recent weeks is not encouraging. While the team remain unbeaten in the championship, performances in all competitions have declined gradually since the victory in Uxbridge.
The slide must be arrested immediately if promotion is not to slip through their grasp. Is it relevant that, a year ago to the day, Warwickshire were dismissed for only 126 in the first innings of the watershed performance in Scarborough? It shouldnt be. But this performance provoked far too many memories of that spineless display to suggest that this side have put such days behind them.
It is also worth remembering that this is Division Two cricket. Some improvement from last year should be expected simply due to the lower standard of opposition.
Most depressingly of all, Warwickshire were somewhat flattered by the final margin of defeat. A partnership of 45 in 16 overs for the ninth wicket between Chris Woakes and Tim Groenewald provided a modicum of gloss on this performance which, at 17-7, threatened to set a host of records.
As it was, Glamorgan failed to accept three catches from the pair as the floodlights (inadequate as ever in such matches) began to kick-in. Middlesex's 23 against Yorkshire at Leeds in 1974 survives as the lowest total in English List A cricket.
Jonathan Trott, the bedrock of Warwickshires batting this summer, was leg-before, beaten by one that nipped back a fraction, to the first ball of the innings before, five balls later, Jim Troughton guided a cut straight to point. Two balls later Ian Westwood, prodding at one without foot movement, edged the ball on to his stumps and, at two for three after eight balls, the contest was effectively over.
Darren Maddy played across a straight one, Tony Frost fell in identical fashion to Trott and Ant Botha edged one angled across him. When Ian Salisbury attempted to pull but only patted a soft catch back to Gillespie it left the bowler with remarkable figures of five wickets for six runs in 39 balls.
Earlier, Glamorgan scored 82 off their last ten overs to set a challenging total. The 19-year-old Tom Maynard, bearing an uncanny resemblance to his father, produced some crunching back-foot shots in registering the third List A half-century of his career.
Chris Martin bowled beautifully but Woakes experienced a rare poor day while the spinners were less effective than normal. Ambrose, clearly out of sorts, also let through three sets of four byes. Warwickshires bowlers conceded nine wides.
Warwickshire appear reluctant to take Lee Daggetts mother up on her offer to pay-off the remainder of his salary in order to allow him to go on trial at Grace Road. Colin Povey, Giles and Daggett met and, after discussing the options, decided to wait for other offers.
Interestingly, Warwickshire have not altogether ruled out the prospect of offering Daggett another contract.
* Warwickshire will hold a members forum on Wednesday August 27 at 7pm, after the first day's play in the championship match against Derbyshire. The event is free to members.