World Twenty20 hotting up
It was certainly an eventful group phase of the ICC World Twenty20 with one of the greatest upsets in cricket history as the Netherlands humbled hosts England, plus Australia crashing out of the tournament following defeats by a revitalised West Indies and an impressive Sri Lanka.
After all that Ireland's progression to the later stages of another ICC World Tournament seemed almost routine.
This World Twenty20 may not be liked by everyone, but there is something thrilling about seeing most of the greatest players on the planet performing over such a compact period of time. Already there have been so many highlights and so many amazing performances with the improvisation of Tillakaratne Dilshan, the big-hitting of Chris Gayle and the mystery of Ajantha Mendis my personal favourites.
But now the tournament really hots up with the remaining eight teams split into two groups as they battle to reach the semi-finals. Plus we have the extra bonus of the Women's World Twenty20 getting under way to run alongside the men's event.
Both England's men and women play on Thursday with India the opponents for Charlotte Edwards and her world champions at Taunton whilst Paul Collingwood leads his team against one of the tournament favourites South Africa at Trent Bridge.
Five Live Sports Extra and Radio Four long wave will have commentary from 1715 BST with Jonathan Agnew leading our team alongside Simon Hughes, Arlo White, Dermot Reeve and Jeremy Coney. Meanwhile Alison Mitchell will bring updates from Taunton - there will be reports on all of England's women's group games plus commentary on the women's semi-finals and final.
The Super Eights begin at 1330 BST on Thursday with Ireland's attempt to produce another shock as they take on injury-hit New Zealand. Five Live Sports Extra's coverage begins at 1315.
As well as our commentary on Thursday, listen out for the latest Phil Tufnell Cricket Show, which is part of Five Live Sport from 1900 BST. Shaun Udal, who lifted the domestic Twenty20 Cup last season, is one of Phil's guests.
On Friday the action moves to Lord's with the man who coached Pakistan to the World Twenty20 Final two years ago, Geoff Lawson, part of the Sports Extra team bringing you Pakistan v Sri Lanka from 1315 BST before holders India play West Indies from 1715 with commentary also on Radio Four long wave. Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar joins England's most capped player Alec Stewart and West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop in our commentary box.
Then at the weekend look out for two games broadcast on Five Live as New Zealand take on Pakistan from 1730 BST on Saturday and then the mouth-watering prospect of hosts v holders as England play India on Sunday evening.
Of course many people who bought tickets for Monday evening at The Oval may have been hoping for the first England-Australia meeting of the summer.
But if you are still looking for an Ashes fix then after the commentary on England v the West Indies on Five Live Sports Extra and Radio Four long wave look out for a new series on Five Live from 2100 BST "The Ashes Years", as Arlo White is joined by guests including Bob Willis and Mike Gatting to look back on the legendary 1981 series.
This is just one of the programmes to go along with the launch of our Test Match Special Ashes Archive which is already available to have a look at - all the details at bbc.co.uk/cricket (UK users only).
And don't forget as well as all BBC Radio's cricket coverage there are nightly TV highlights of the World Twenty20, plus look out on Sunday night for the latest episode in the excellent "Empire of Cricket" documentary series.