In the euphoria of New Zealand's three-wicket victory over England last Sunday in Hamilton a milestone in England cricket slipped by almost unnoticed.
Veteran seamer James Anderson had at Seddon Park eclipsed the record of Sir Ian Botham to become the highest wicket taker for England.
His tally, going into today's second ODI against the Black Caps at McLean Park, Napier, stands at 529 with 288 in test matches, 223 in limited overs and 18 in the Twenty20 format in the international arena.
The 30-year-old Lancashire cricketer, touch wood on injuries, could fancy scalps in the vicinity of more than 700 before he unscrews his boot sprigs for the last time.
"Obviously it's a really proud moment for me," Anderson said yesterday in Napier.
While he would have liked that to be recognised on the foundation of a victory over New Zealand, he was still chuffed with the milestone.
He took a brief walk down memory lane on his maiden wicket, that of Australian wicketkeeper/batsman Adam Gilchrist, "although it wasn't probably the best ball I've ever bowled" as a 20-year-old at the MCG.
"I'm as proud now putting on the English shirt as I was then," said the man who has assumed the mantle of pack leader for the younger generation of bowlers coming through in the England squad.
Central Districts CEO Hugh Henderson said 4500 tickets had been sold by yesterday afternoon
Henderson was loathe to put a figure on the total turnout for the day-nighter today but said: "You never know but we're hoping for 7000 or more."
While McLean Park holds close to 18,000 for a rugby match in winter it loses a fair number to sight screens and TV camera towers blocking spectators' view of the field.