James Vince struck his maiden first-class century of the summer as Hampshire edged day one of the County Championship division two clash at Derbyshire.
The visitors have little more than pride to play for in the final four-day clash of the season at Derby.
But they had the better of the early skirmishes against their promotion-chasing hosts.
And Vince, who has been woefully short of runs in the longer form of the game this term, was crucial to their efforts on day one.
He helped dig them out of trouble at 59 for four after Jimmy Adams had lost the toss.
Batting at five, the 21-year-old shared a stand of 136 with Sean Ervine (61) to put Hampshire in control.
Vince struck 19 fours in his 114, which came off 140 deliveries, before he was sixth out with the score on 226.
And while Hampshire crumbled to 272 all out, three wickets before the close of play had the hosts on the back foot once more.
James Tomlinson, David Balcombe and Chris Wood all picked up wickets before stumps were drawn.
With Tony Palladino, who had earlier been the pick of the Derbyshire attack with three for 44, sent in as nightwatchman, the home side closed on 50 for three.
Aussie dangerman Usman Khawaja remained unbeaten on 27 at the other end.
And his scalp will be the key this morning when play resumes at the County Ground.