Ashton Agar had cricket fans agape with a stupendous innings of 98 on his debut - from number 11 - at the age of just 19.
He broke record after record, finally eclipsing Tino Best's 95, the previous best from number 11.
As the final landmark approached, even England fans found themselves willing him on. As journalist Kevin Mitchell put it:
"If anyone doesn't want Agar the Orrible to get a hundred, he or she is bloodless. That said, 100 is quite enough, young man"
But just as he hooked the ball towards the boundary for his century, he was caught by Graeme Swann in the deep.
Twitter let out a collective sigh, and this burst of reaction from cricket fans, journalists, and yes, even Joey Barton, rather neatly summarises the range of emotions that remarkable innings produced.