Worcestershire are in need of a mathematical and a meteorological miracle if they are to progress to the last eight of the Twenty20 Cup at New Road tonight.
Last night's wash-out against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road leaves them with only two wins from their seven qualifying matches, only one place off the bottom of the Midlands/West/Wales Group.
But Worcestershire are not certainties to make an early exit. They have the slimmest of chances should they beat Glamorgan this evening and if things also go their way in six of the seven matches happening elsewhere.
Even then, it will all be immaterial if tonight proves another damp squib. This week's weather forecast for the Midlands has not proved helpful to the Pears cause.
Thankfully, tonight's forecast, for the West Midlands at least, appears bright enough to offer some hope. But it was wet enough last night to cause early abandonments at three of the scheduled four matches.
The only surprise was that the umpires should have left it as long as they did at Wantage Road before a steady day of rain led to the match being called off just before 6.15, almost three-quarters of an hour after it had been due to start.
If it does stay sufficiently fair tonight for Worcestershire to get a match in, then it's down to mathematics.
First Worcestershire to concentrate on beating Glamorgan to give themselves even a ghost of a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals as one of the two best third-placed sides.
A win over the Welshmen would take them to seven points which is the mark Warwickshire and Somerset have reached already.
Worcestershire would then need both the Bears and the Sabres to slip up on home soil, in order for them to steal third place in the group. By no means an impossibility, given that their two group rivals have far from easy matches.
The Bears take on tabletopping Northamptonshire while Somerset entertain local rivals, second-placed Gloucestershire.
Worcestershire are further hampered by their comparatively poor run-rate. They would have to win impressively while hoping Warwickshire and Somerset suffer heavy defeats.
Even then, Worcestershire would still need four more matches to go their way in the other groups. If any more than one of Derbyshire (at home to Nottinghamshire), Yorkshire (away to Leicestershire), Hampshire (away to Middlesex), Sussex (away to Surrey) and Essex (away to winless Kent) win then whatever Worcestershire achieve is immaterial.
Worcestershire may not necessarily name the side which should have been on duty last night.
Big-name signing Shoaib Akhtar, so far available for home matches only, may come into contention, leaving a choice for the fourth seamer's role between Nadeem Malik and David Wigley.
Not on duty is Matt Mason, who played his first match in this year's competition when part of the team that clocked up their second one-run win over Warwickshire in that sensational finish at rainlashed Edgbaston on Friday night.
Up to that point, Mason had been allowed to sit out the Twenty20 Cup in a bid to clear up the back problem that has plagued him since the County Championship defeat to Leicestershire last month.
Although Mason has not done any lasting damage, Friday night's outing proved enough to make the county realise that they would do better to keep him wrapped up in cotton wool.
Worcestershire are more concerned that the Second Division's leading wickettaker is fit and ready for the resumption of Championship cricket at New Road against Yorkshire on Friday.