Sean Terry has been backed to continue his rich vein of form.
The 23-year-old Hampshire batsman struck successive half-centuries before last night’s 10 not out, as he played a supporting role to Michael Carberry’s explosive 30 not out.
While the game was ended after just four overs, it underlined Terry’s growing reputation that he was handed the job as opener in what was set to be a 17-overs-per side encounter.
And team-mate Will Smith is among those to have been impressed by his efforts so far.
Smith said: ‘He has impressed me.
‘He has made a good impression on a few people in the past few weeks.
‘I played a couple of games with him out in Barbados during pre-season and he struck the ball really cleanly.
‘Obviously, I’d not seen a great deal of him before that
‘He was incredibly disappointed to get that injury early in the season but he has come back and looked strong. He is striking the ball really nicely.
‘With his history with the club, it’s great to have him coming in and doing well.
If he can contribute in this form, or the Championship for the rest of the year, that would be great.
‘He has been here quite a few years and that’s one great thing about the Academy here.
‘Players get pushed through but they already feel like they are part of the furniture.
‘He has got some great attributes and he seems to have the right method and mentality.
‘He is so keen to do well and that’s priceless.’