George Marshall fired an opening-day century as United Services secured a 110-run win over Bashley (Rydal) II in the New Forest in Southern Electric Premier League division three.
Opener Marshall, who hit more than 700 runs last year, made the most of an early escape when he was dropped in the slips on just three, exacting full punishment for the mistake.
Dave Riches, going in at number three, was unfortunately stumped one short of his century while Dom Carson (50) and Damian Carson (32) contributed vital runs as the visitors reached an impressive 326 for seven
Rain meant the target was reduced to 277 off 43 overs but even though the Bashley openers put on a hundred for the first wicket they fell short.
‘It was a great way to start and we feel the team is stronger this year,’ said United Services captain Lee Carroll.
‘We are looking to improve on last season’s ninth-placed finish.’
Chris Wade led the spin-induced collapse which saw visitors Calmore plummet from 42 for one to 117 all out at Havant Park, in pursuit of a modest 174 all out by Havant II.
Wade struck with only his fourth delivery – as wicketkeeper Martin Kinge took the first of two good catches – and went on to claim four wickets for 21 runs.
Fellow spinners Philip Loat and Andrew Ransley took two wickets apiece.
Earlier Calmore’s second wicket partnership had progressed dangerously.
It wasn’t until Calmore captain Darren Vann (34) picked out Finn Hoolahan on the deep square leg boundary that alarm bells rang for the visitors.
The ensuing collapse only ended when it took Havant more than 10 overs to secure the final wicket, as last man Paul Proudley hit 30 not out.
Earlier, Havant captain Andrew Galliers had led the way with 77 at the top of the order after Calmore had opted to field first.
Sarisbury Athletic began with a good 78-run success over South Wilts II.
Archie Norris (105), Pete Hammond (51) and David Banks (40) helped them post 236 for seven before dismissing the visitors for 158.
Fareham & Crofton fell to a 94-run defeat at Tichborne Park despite the efforts of Luke Gould who took six for 41 as the home side reached 217 for nine.
The visitors could only chalk up 121.