Havant’s bid to regain the Southern Electric Premier League title started with a narrow defeat after a pulsating game at Bashley (Rydal).
Richard Hindley’s side came up just seven runs short in a high-quality game as Hampshire’s Sean Terry struck 117 in the New Forest outfit’s 244 for seven.
Chris Stone (68) and Rob Gibson (55) shared a 97-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
But when both were dismissed in quick succession, Hindley’s bright 37 was not enough to drag his side over the line.
Fellow premier division side Ventnor kicked off with a fine victory over Totton & Eling as Jamie Miller (60 not out) steered them to victory from the penultimate ball of the match.
Totton posted 251 for seven but Ollie Mills (58), Chris Ridley (39) and Neil Westhorpe (39) kept the Islanders in the hunt until Miller saw the team home.
The Kenway brothers starred for Burridge in division one as they hammered Rowledge by 146 runs.
Richard Kenway (68) and Derek Kenway (54) boosted the Burridge total to 249 for seven, before Nick McMurray (three for 12) and Suji Wickramasinghe (three for 25) reduced Rowledge to 103 all out.
Elsewhere in division one, Sarisbury Athletic claimed a 35-run success over Liphook & Ripsley.
Sarisbury were in trouble at 131 for six until Joe Lovett (48) and Simon Orr (30) enjoyed a valuable 71-run partnership to get their side to 240.
That allowed Dan Goldstaw (three for 34) and Phil Jewell (three for 41) to get stuck into the Liphook batting line-up as they were eventually bowled out for 205.
And Hambledon suffered a big defeat as they crumbled to an seven-wicket loss to Fawley.
Dan Hewitt (59) top scored, while Ian Turner (42 not out) made a useful contribution further down the order.
But their total of 184 never looked like being enough and Fawley eased home.
The Dons bounced back yesterday, though, as they crushed Godshill (49 all out) by 325 runs in the ECB National Village Knockout.