For those who can't or don't want to believe it, Lancashire could end up being crowned county champions this season. It's been a long, long wait for a title - 1934 and all that.
But the table tells us this could be the year. Most pundits didn't even notice them pre-season, and the casual observer has either never heard of some of their players, or worse written them off too early. They could be in for a bit of a shock.
The pundit's first line of defence is usually to say that if the unfancied teams are doing well, it doesn't say much for the rest.
Well, maybe they are over-achieving, but they employ players who are chasing Durham for a reason. That reason is a talent which suggests that should they finish the season strongly, regardless of the title, they could blossom into a very good squad.
Whether it's the pitches, the stupid schedule or lack of skill I don't know, but a look at the batting points won this season isn't great reading apart from Durham and I'm sure coaches are aware of it.