Gosport Borough ‘upped their game’ to enjoy an 83-run winning start in Hampshire League division one against Ryde at Privett Park.
New Zealander Shaun McCarthy (66) was the pick of the home batsmen as the home side reached a total of 227 for nine.
‘Though our batsmen generally got themselves in, we kept losing a couple of wickets at a time during our innings,’ said vice-captain Lee Harrop.
‘Shaun though, remained very level-headed and looked very capable.’
When Ryde replied, the home side opened up with spinner Dale Paternotte, who along with Matt Johnson, did a great job of containing the Ryde batsmen.
Skipper Tom Larner (four for 24) helped crush the Ryde challenge by taking four wickets at the back end of their innings.
‘Traditionally, we are slow starters but this was a satisfying day,’ said Harrop.
On one of the hottest days of the year so far, Purbrook and Sarisbury Athletic II were left frustrated by an unfit Purbrook Heath ground.
‘The council did a ground inspection on Friday and decided the wicket and outfield were still too soft,’ said Purbrook’s Martin Lee.
‘They felt that if we played it would have done a lot of damage.’
Portchester opened up with an impressive 87-run win over New Milton II at Portchester School.
Opener Andrew Webb (104) cracked a century as the home side were bowled out for 214 runs.
Steve O’Neill (three for 15), Harry Robbins (two for 21) and Lee Hungerford (two for three) reduced the New Forest chase to tatters.
Fareham & Crofton suffered a six-wicket defeat at Ventnor II despite a sparkling debut from Zimbabwean Campbell Saul (78).
Dan Robbins (58) produced a match-winning innings as United Services began life in county one with a 17-run success at St Cross.
Simon Jones (87) led the way as Portsmouth II chased down 205 to beat Bramshaw by six wickets in County division two south.
Jones and Nicky Wyatt gave the city club the solid start they needed.
Earlier Tim Joy had helped bowl the visitors out with a devastating spell of four wickets for eight runs.
Alex Wakeley (102) hit his first-ever ton to help Bishop’s Waltham to an 82-run win over Follands.