The blame for Middlesex's poor season has been laid firmly at the feet of their batsmen, writes Jon Batham.
The county may have won the Twenty20 Cup, but finished a disappointing third in the County Championship and were relegated from the Pro40 League.
And chief executive Vinny Codrington reckons a batting lineup boasting the talents of Owais Shah and Ed Joyce among others should have done better.
Some will argue defeat from a winning position against Essex in May, coupled with the failure to take the last Gloucestershire wicket at Bristol - despite having 22 overs to get it - were the principal reasons for Championship failure.
However, for Codrington, two dismal batting displays in defeat to promoted counties Worcestershire and Warwickshire, are a better guide to what went wrong.
"We didn't score enough runs," he said pointedly. "We only scored 400 twice in the first innings all season.
"And none of our batsman got to 1,000 runs in the County Championship, which given our line-up, has to be disappointing."
The Seaxes' first piece of silver-ware in 15 years opened the door to this month's Stanford Super Series and the Twenty20 Champions League later on in the year.
However, failure to achieve the number one aim of promotion back to the County Championship's top tier more than took the gloss off of that memorable day back in July.
"I would say we are disappointed overall," Codrington admitted.
"I'm glad we won something, but it's disappointing to be third in the County Championship and be relegated in the Pro40."