But have you ever had a cataclysmic day at the office? Did you set the building on fire? Were you got caught with the Managing Director’s PA in a compromising position in the disabled loo? Was the aforementioned PA also the MD's wife? Or maybe you are just Nick Leeson.
Somerset had one of those days on Saturday.
On paper, the favourites for the Division 1 County Championship should have had too much firepower for what had seemed to be a weak Warwickshire side.
But after winning the toss and putting the opposition into bat, Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick presided over a disaster akin to the Titanic’s maiden voyage – albeit without the drastic loss of life.
Firstly, Ajantha Mendis didn’t bamboozle county batsmen as had been predicted. Indeed, he bowled like a drain as Varun Chopra and Chris Woakes helped themselves to hundreds and Warwickshire racked up 642. Somerset’s much vaunted bowling attack was as impotent as a particularly inebriated drunk with a chronic problem of erectile dysfunction.
But surely Somerset’s stellar batting line-up would be able to play out a draw? It was the batting featherbed of Taunton after all.
Not a bit of it. If capsizing in the first innings for 210 was bad enough, what happened when they followed on was downright embarrassing.
50 all out in just 88 deliveries.
The losing margin of an innings and 382 runs was the sixth largest margin of defeat since 1921.
It was Somerset’s largest defeat since 1895.
You know things must be bad when Rikki Clarke takes seven wickets in less than 12 overs.
Guilty as charged, your honour.
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