Test Match Special suffers along with England in Dubai
Thursday 19 January will not go down as a great day for the England cricket team - and it wasn't the easiest in the Test Match Special commentary box.
While England's batsman were struggling against the skills of Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal, we were battling to stay on the air.
The TMS team are not always known for our technical prowess - it is true that Christopher Martin-Jenkins once tried to make a phone call with a television remote control - but on this day the programme was forced to be at the cutting edge of technology.
As regular readers of my blog will know, producing Test Match Special overseas can provide some very difficult technical challenges - but actually here in Dubai it had been fairly straightforward.
Jonathan Agnew (right) and Geoffrey Boycott commentating for Test Match Special during England's defeat in Dubai. Photo: Getty
In most countries I rarely get any of our broadcasting lines working until the day before the match.
But the team at the Dubai International Stadium had them ready for me to test a week before the game began.
All had worked smoothly on the first two days until around 0750 UK time when suddenly, for no apparent reason, all the radio broadcast lines in the building failed.
Henry Blofeld was in full flight describing England's reply when I had the phone call I dread from the TMS studio in Salford: "Adam your line has gone down, we can't hear you".
In Salford, Kevin Howells sprang into action commentating via a monitor before Jonathan Agnew was able to describe the last few balls of the session on the phone.
Meanwhile I was frantically trying to get the lines working. This involved a combination of rather desperate and hopeful dialling while rallying the local telephone engineers to sort the problem urgently.
Fortunately Kevin in the studio was able to host our lunch interval feature so I had 40 minutes to get us back on air.
But as the clock ticked on it became apparent that this was not going to be a short-term problem.
As 10 engineers worked feverishly in the bowels of the stadium, I was trying to work out whether there was any way of broadcasting other than the old-fashioned phone.
Fortunately while CMJ may be technologically challenged, correspondent Jonathan Agnew is a real gadget man. If there is something new out there, he wants to try it out.
In the corner of the commentary box I spotted his iPad and asked him whether he thought we could have a bash at broadcasting using it.
We occasionally do some short pieces using Skype on the internet - but we have never attempted a full TMS commentary.
But as our normal lines were still not working, we had to try something.
The studio in Salford tried out the signal and said it sounded OK - so I gathered together Aggers and Michael Vaughan to usher in a new era on TMS.
Then we witnessed the bizarre sight of the two commentators passing a small tablet computer between them while describing the action in the middle.
Unfortunately we were unable to pick up much in the way of crowd noise, but the quality of our signal was remarkably good.
I was still working hard to get our normal broadcast lines re-established - so the tablet then got passed to our next commentators CMJ and Geoff Boycott.
Boycs may know about batting technique .. but he knows nothing about technology. "What do I do with it? I have never had one of these," he said, before asking: "Just talk normally, do I?"
Then Aggers glanced nervously as the accident prone CMJ grabbed the device. "Don't worry, I'll hold it as carefully as the holy grail," promised CMJ.
There were a few glitches here and there but we managed to continue this improvised broadcast until just before tea when I finally succeeded in getting some lines working in another part of the stadium and frantically relocated all our equipment in time to resume normal service.
So we were able to describe England's disastrous denouement in perfect broadcast quality - although given the nature of England's defeat, some England fans may wonder why we bothered.
But I will leave the final word to Blowers who at the height of the technological dramas enthusiastically exclaimed: "Skype, iPad and goodness knows what. It's rather exciting isn't it?!"