So, too, were Darren Gough and Steve Rhodes as they fulfilled a dream that is as much a Yorkshireman's birthright as fluffy batter and frothy bitter.
The pair made their mark individually and together, adding 53 in a rousing eighth-wicket partnership in which every run was cheered to the echo by the capacity crowd.
'It was very pleasing to play in front of such a big Yorkshire crowd,' Rhodes said, 'especially with another Yorkie out there. We understood the occasion and kept talking to each other about it.'
Rhodes made 65, the highest score here by a Yorkshireman since Geoff Boycott's 191 in 1977, but as he admitted: 'I think the crowd were more interested in Darren than me.'
Not half. Every move Gough made was watched and cheered. For while Rhodes is an exiled Yorkie who has spent the last 10 years in Worcester, Gough is the genuine article and a boisterous fast bowler to boot.
There have been other exiles - Neil Mallender and Bill Athey - playing Tests here, but it is 13 years since Geoff Boycott and Chris Old became footnotes to Botham's historic Test.
Yesterday, as Gough pulled his helmet on and prepared to bat, he looked set to explode with nervous tension and adrenalin. Beaten first ball, he lathered Donald's second and saw it fly past point for four. As the crowd roared, Rhodes came down for a quiet chat. 'I was trying to calm him down. He played very well, but with the adrenalin pumping he got a little excited,' Rhodes said.
It was all raucous but acceptable. Heavy stewarding and dire warnings have tempered, if not tamed the terrace, and only two stepped over the boundary - literally - and were taken away.
The moment that turned a long day into a memorable one came when Gough took his first Test wicket on home ground. 'It was a great moment,' the England manager, Keith Fletcher, said. 'He has come on brilliantly.'
While Fletcher cautiously hoped Gough and his bowling partners could exploit a pitch which is beginning to crack, Outside, the banks of seating were now empty, but one sensed a ghostly bellow of assent.Reuse content