Lancashire fail again at finals day
It is often unfair to accuse any individual, or indeed any team, of choking in the world of sport.
Are any of those three chokers though? Or were they simply outmanoeuvred when it mattered most?
In terms of cricket, the prodigiously talented Mark Ramprakash had a poor England career, but even his under-achievements barely compare to Lancashire's failure to win trophies.
On finals day morning, the Red Rose county - or 'Lightning' to give them their modern tag - were favourites to win the 2007 Twenty20 Cup.
Two days before the tournament began, they were the first to reveal their squad, 16-men strong no less (surely too many, anyway).
They had no injures, and their usual bevvy of top international players.
But in the warm-ups at Edgbaston, opening batsman Mal Loye - admittedly a batsman made for Twenty20 cricket - suffered a back spasm.
Crisis? You bet. At least that was the way skipper Mark Chilton saw things.
Chilton afterwards suggested the sudden and unexpected absence of the freewheeling opener Loye was the principal reason for the team's downfall.
Remarkably, Andrew Flintoff was promoted to open the batting, when the pitch was at its least friendly for batsmen, and unsurprisingly looked ill at ease before succumbing cheaply.
Craig Spearman is, by contrast, one of those characteristically unfashionable Gloucestershire players.
But after putting Flintoff and co in the shade with a cavalier 86 off 55 balls, Spearman said: "It's very hard to come straight into Twenty20 after injury. I've done it and struggled myself."
If that's the case, what on earth was Flintoff doing opening the innings?
With the greatest of respect to the man, he has not been a consistent force with the bat at any level since 2005. His primary skill at present is with the ball.
And as Spearman pointed out, he's still adjusting to match conditions following ankle surgery.
Being dumped out of Twenty20 finals day when the excitement has barely started is never much fun.
But for a team to be as comprehensively thrashed as Lancashire were - when they had such an embarrassment of riches they could leave out England's Saj Mahmood - will inevitably lead to a major post-mortem at Old Trafford.
The loss of Loye, untimely though it was, was not the only reason they were beaten by eight wickets with 19 balls remaining.