The summer of 1912 was one of the wettest on record. Month after month, rain lashed the cricket pitches of England. Sydney Barnes, whose 69 wickets came that season at a cost of just over 11 runs each, may have enjoyed the damp conditions – but no one else much did. The cricketers of Australia and South Africa, who had been invited over to participate in an innovative triangular tournament of Test matches, had a particularly miserable time of it, dodging torrential downpours whenever they were not being skittled out by Barnes. The entire season, everyone mournfully agreed, had been an utter wash-out.