Michael Carberry and James Vince warmed up for the new campaign in style with brutal centuries on day one of Hampshire’s clash with Loughborough University.
The Hampshire duo showed no mercy to the students’ bowling attack with a flurry of boundaries as Carberry blasted 146, while Vince eased to 140.
It meant the Ageas Bowl outfit picked up some useful batting practice in the middle as they raced along to a mighty 474 for four before bad light ended the day’s play after 81 overs.
After the visitors won the toss and chose to field, skipper Jimmy Adams was the only man unable to cash in as he departed for just 10 with the scoreboard at 48 for one.
But Carberry showed he is riding high on confidence after his impressive winter campaign with the Perth Scorchers at the Australian Big Bash.
The 34-year-old left-hander hit 22 fours and four sixes in his 132-ball knock, unleashing plenty of trademark big shots.
At the other end, Will Smith (89) was in equally dominant mood with 14 fours as the pair shared a blistering 200-run partnership for the second wicket before the former Durham man was run out just 11 short of his own century.
Even after the partnership was eventually broken, Hampshire continued in a similar vein and Vince, fresh from his England Lions tour, was in particularly outstanding form with 20 fours and three sixes in his 119-ball stay.
He was given able support from Liam Dawson (58 not out) but it was Vince who dominated in the 182-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Adams’ side will be keen to find as much form as possible ahead of their Championship division one opener against Sussex on April 12.