A series of firsts at Lord's
So the Test Match Special charabanc rolls onto Old Trafford ready for Friday's second Test after a highly enjoyable and in the end fairly competitive opening outing of the summer at the home of cricket.
Lord's again proved to be anything but stuffy as a venue with some imaginative initiatives which earned the MCC a rather rare TMS honour.
For many years now regular listeners will know we present a bottle of bubbly to honour the Champagne Moment of the game - an award which bears the name of TMS legend Brian Johnston.
Often the prize goes to someone who's taken a great catch or scored a brilliant hundred - but this time the commentators awarded the bubbly to a "body" for what must be the first time after deciding that the MCC's idea to allow spectators to walk on the "hallowed turf" during the lunch interval on Monday was the moment which Brian Johnston would have appreciated the most.
Thousands of spectators too the chance to step onto the outfield at Lord's
When Phil Tufnell spoke with some of the spectators on the outfield during Monday's lunch interval on TMS, he discovered many had only come to the ground because of the chance to experience the walk onto one of sport's most iconic playing areas.
Tuffers found people who'd travelled from as far a field as Durham and Cornwall just to enjoy that magical moment of being out in the middle at the home of cricket - and we saw people literally reaching down and kissing the turf.
The award was presented to MCC chief executive Keith Bradshaw to share among his staff and it was certainly the most unusual Champagne Moment I can remember since the prize went to the groundsman at Trent Bridge who'd slept under his lawn mower after working through the night to make the ground playable for a Test a few years ago.
The match at Lord's provided us with some other notable firsts. The thrilling Tamim Iqbal became the first player, I would imagine, to almost run off the field after completing a hundred at the ground.
His celebration was a deserving Champagne Moment runner-up and his innings was particularly enjoyable when we heard it had been inspired by Geoffrey Boycott - although it was more a reaction to Geoffrey's strident views rather than a tribute to his batting style!
Then, on Sunday the five-minute bell, which signals the players are ready to enter the field, was rung for the first time ever live on air after the honour was given to our own Jonathan Agnew. As an extra bonus we were permitted to broadcast from the Lord's Long Room, again for the first time, as Aggers made his way to perform his duty.
Aggers rings the five-minute bell - but carries on broadcasting
You would think Jonathan's colleagues would be very proud of him having been given such a special opportunity but, of course, instead we all enjoyed taking the mickey out of him. The main culprit was Phil Tufnell (egged on by me to be honest).
Aggers was sitting in the TMS box adjusting his tie ready to go over towards the Pavilion when Tuffers came into the box and said: "I'm really annoyed ... they phoned me a couple of hours ago and asked if I'd ring the bell this morning but I didn't have any smart gear to wear. Apparently they've been asking everyone."
Also in on the joke was Keith Bradshaw, who greeted Aggers by telling him: "We tried the ground staff and most of the stewards but I guess we are left with you."
Yet another first at Lord's was the arrival of a cake in the TMS box which had been baked by a pop star. Lily Allen popped in on Monday morning with a delicious raspberry sponge which she assured us had been crafted by her own fair hands.
We will have another young musician joining us at Old Trafford with the lead singer of Keane, Tom Chaplin, joining us for a "View from the Boundary". Most of the band are dedicated cricket fans - and, I'm told, fairly decent cricketers - and it will be fascinating to hear Tom's views on the game.
Also during our coverage of the Old Trafford Test we will be giving you the chance to put your questions to West Indies fast bowling legend Michael Holding, who earlier this week expressed the controversial view that Twenty20 could kill off Test cricket.
"Whispering Death" will be joining us during the lunch interval on Friday and you can get in contact via firstname.lastname@example.org , on this blog or by texting 84040.
We will also be joined by Angela Marks, the daughter of the great England spinner Jim Laker, who will be making her first visit to the ground where her father took 19 wickets in a single Test.
Like England, we are adopting a rotation system on Test Match Special for this game with Henry Blofeld and Vic Marks coming into our team at Old Trafford as CMJ has a rest and Michael Vaughan joins Alison Mitchell providing regular reports on Five Live.
Vic and Blowers will join Aggers, Simon Mann , Phil Tufnell and Geoff Boycott in the commentary box.
As always look out for our pictures on the TMS Flickr page, make sure you don't miss Aggers and Boycott's legendary TMS podcast and keep on eye on @aggerscricket and @alisonmitchell on Twitter for insights from inside the commentary box.
We are on air from Friday at 1045 am .. Hope you can join us.