Cash, bang, wallets!
Guess what: Twenty20 can produce flat, one-sided matches too!
After a week of hype and multi-million pound pledges, this game never got going. It's a good job this wasn't Sir Allen Stanford's introduction to Twenty20 because he would have kept his cash to himself.
The pitch gave the bowlers just enough early help to make batting tricky, but New Zealand didn't help themselves. Brendon McCullum barely faced a ball in the opening exchanges, finally perishing to Luke Wright for 24 in the 11th over! Graeme Swann bowled beautifully to take 2 for 21 and Stuart Broad 2 for 17.
Ian Bell went some way to convince doubters that he has the innovation in his game to open the batting - he played some classy strokes in his 60 - while Wright has a tremendous eye and brings an all-round package.
So, with just one more Twenty20 game to go before announcing their team for the Stanford match, England were not stretched in the least. The players claim that they haven't talked about the trip to Antigua, but don't believe a word of it!
I have to be honest and admit that the more I think about that match, the more uncomfortable I feel about it.
I cannot imagine what the England dressing room will be like when the 12 names are revealed. That would leave three, and possibly four players sitting there entirely cut out of the deal. They will receive nothing despite all their work in the nets and at fielding practice: how divisive will that be? How on earth, in reality, will the selection be made? Can Geoff Miller really be expected to decide who becomes rich overnight and who does not?
This is supposed to be a team: an England team. Sorry. I don't like it.
It made me smile to see an official ECB advert in the match programme at Old Trafford. 'Three Squads, One Team' it reads, implying unity. Yet one team - predominately containing the younger inexperienced players - will be making a small fortune. England's senior captain, Michael Vaughan, will get nothing.
Three cheers also for Mark Robinson, the Sussex coach, who, witheringly, put the Champions League into perspective. "How can we take it seriously when we don't know who we can play, or if we will qualify for the Champions League even if we win the Twenty20," he said.