Dimi Mascarenhas saluted the work ethic of Michael Carberry as the Royals batsman demolished Kent with another sensational Friends Life t20 knock.
The powerful left-hander blasted an unbeaten 83, hammering 11 fours and one six in just 56 balls, as the Royals cruised to a 62-run victory at Canterbury to seal their place at the head of the South Group – a position that secures them a home quarter-final.
While Carberry led the way, Neil McKenzie (45) shared a fine partnership of 94 with him, before Liam Dawson hit 17 from just five balls at the end of the innings to boost the total to an imposing 185 for six.
It looked far too many for Kent and so it proved as the Spitfires succumbed to 123 for nine, with only Darren Stevens (39) making any real headway.
Dawson was the pick of the bowlers as he took career-best figures of four for 19, but it was Carberry who built the platform for victory to win high praise from his captain.
Mascarenhas said: ‘Carberry has been amazing in this tournament and McKenzie again was the old-timer doing it for us.
‘Those two have got a lot of our runs.
‘Hopefully that continues but we would like a few of the other boys to step up and then we would be really tough to beat.
‘Every time Carbs has gone out to bat in white-ball cricket, he has been unbelievable.
‘It’s a credit to him. He works very hard on his game and is in the nets hitting balls for hours and hours so all the credit has to go to him.’
Former Kent man Carberry took his tally against his old county to more than 300 at the venue this season after scoring 154 and 66 in the recent Championship clash between the sides.
But the ease of the victory made a total mockery of the result between the teams just eight days previously when Kent grabbed the win by eight runs at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire clearly felt they had something to prove with a batting display that will have made the other quarter-finalists sit up and take notice.
The Royals were in a real hurry in their innings as James Vince (18) set the ball rolling.
The batsman, who signed a new three-year deal to stay at the club earlier in the day, looked in peak form as he crashed two enormous sixes, only to go for one big hit too many as he was bowled by Mitchell Claydon.
Jimmy Adams followed soon afterwards with a meek dismissal, slicing to short third man, which slowed the run rate for a time.
But Carberry and McKenzie then rattled along to take the score to 84 for two at the midway point of the innings, before the South African ran himself out taking on a single that Usain Bolt would have struggled to make.
Kent never threatened to chase it down, apart from a brief Stevens-led assault that ended in a Dawson triple-wicket maiden in the 13th over which effectively killed the game as a spectacle.
But Hampshire did not let up with a clinical display.
Mascarenhas said: ‘It was a very good performance and we want to maintain those standards.’