Ash Wallace and Lee Evans made sparkling debuts for Portsmouth & Southsea.
The new recruits shared a massive first-wicket partnership of 177 in the eight-wicket win at Midhurst in division one.
South African Wallace struck an unbeaten 112 and Royal Marine Evans added 64 as the pair hit it off straight away and easily chased down a target of 191.
‘I know it is only one game but they both look quality batsmen,’ said delighted Portsmouth & Southsea captain Dave Tiller.
‘Ash’s innings was faultless and Lee still went on for a big score despite pulling a muscle when on just 25.
‘He eventually run himself out trying to give Ash his century.
‘Our bowlers also did a good job to restrict Midhurst to under 200 on their big pitch.’
Lewis Russell (three for 34) was the pick of the visitor’s bowlers.
Also making his debut – after a move from United Services – he knocked over the top three Midhurst batsmen leaving them struggling from the start.
Bedhampton Mariners slipped to a disappointing five-wicket defeat against Ryde at Bidbury Mead – despite the efforts of captain Stuart Gardiner, who scored an unbeaten 51 but received little support as the hosts were bowled out for 168.
‘We found ourselves in trouble after losing early wickets,’ said Gardiner.
‘It didn’t help with Martin Hovey going for a golden duck when he went after a wide full toss.
‘He caught it right but their fielder made a fantastic diving one-handed catch.
‘Ryde didn’t have to take any risks and easily got home with six overs to spare.’
Scott Jones (61 not out) and Mike Boyd (70) guided Locks Heath to an easy nine-wicket win at Andover II – cruising to a target of 145.
Curtis Lock (50 not out) helped Portchester to a comfortable seven-wicket success at Ellingham after the hosts were bowled out for 146.
Frustrated Waterlooville are still waiting to get started after their game at Alton II was cancelled due to an unfit pitch.
In division two, Mike Hallett took six for 38 as Hayling Island opened up with an eight-wicket win at Bramshaw.
Portsmouth II slumped to a 55-run defeat against Southampton Community despite Vikram Dawson’s 48.