Liam Dawson showed his growing influence with another impressive batting display for Hampshire.
He laid the foundations for a victory charge, on day one of the County Championship clash away to Glamorgan.
The batsman fired 69 not out in a match Hampshire really need to win.
They cannot afford to lose any further ground in the race for promotion to division one.
With Dawson dropping anchor – firing his knock off 184 balls in four hours and 13 minutes – James Vince was able to up the rate.
It was a welcome return to form for Vince as the pair put on 132 together off 40 overs.
He has missed out on runs in limited-overs cricket recently but has certainly impressed in the Championship this season.
After winning an important toss on a batsman-friendly slow pitch Hampshire cruised to 80 for one in the opening session.
Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams put on 76 before slow left-armer Dean Cosker struck three overs before lunch.
Carberry, who made a patient 31 from 95 balls with five fours, was dismissed when he was caught at mid-on by Stewart Walters.
After lunch Hampshire suffered two further setbacks in the hot conditions.
Hampshire skipper Adams edged Will Owen to Walters at second slip as he went for 47.
And 93 for two became 118 for three when Neil McKenzie was bowled by Australian seamer Michael Hogan, who registered the first bowling point for Glamorgan.
Hampshire’s post-lunch setbacks were overcome as Vince, who drove well, and Dawson reached tea.
Hogan then claimed his second wicket of the day to trap Vince in front and three overs later Sean Ervine was caught at second slip after edging Jim Allenby.
Dawson and Adam Wheater survived any further scares to take Hampshire to stumps in a solid position.
They must look to continue their form and ensure they make the most of their good position by completing victory and injecting life into their promotion bid.