Michael Carberry and Owais Shah led the way for Hampshire as they stormed back to the top of the Natwest T20 Blast South Group with a convincing victory over Middlesex.
Carberry hit a classy 72 not out from just 44 balls, while Shah hammered 64 from 45 balls in a powerful batting display at Lord’s.
Hampshire hit 199 for five – a total that never seriously looked like it would be threatened – and Middlesex eventually came up 21 runs short in their 178 for nine.
Middlesex’s Paul Stirling did his best to get his side into the contest with a brutal 54 from just 27 balls as the home side made a decent fist of their response.
But Hampshire’s success owed much to the third-wicket partnership of 118, which rattled the scoreboard along with some flowing strokes and some huge power.
They came together at 27 for two, after James Vince (14) and Jimmy Adams (eight) both departed inside the six-over powerplay.
Vince – who was named in England’s t20 international squad earlier in the day – was cleaned up by former Hampshire man, Kyle Abbott after a flurry of early boundaries.
Adams was then trapped lbw attempting a reverse sweep to Ollie Rayner.
Although Carberry and Shah sensed the need to play sensibly and not lose further wickets, the big total seemed a long way off as they reached the midway point of the innings at 71 for two.
But they cut loose soon afterwards with Shah blasting Rayner to the boundary with regularity before Carberry got in on the act.
Shah was in peak form against his former county before his bizarre dismissal ended his evening.
As he launched Abbott for a huge six over deep square leg, the former England man had stepped back on to his own stumps to be out hit wicket, even though the umpire was already signalling the maximum.
Even so, the pair had added 60 runs in just five overs before Sean Ervine (20) added more late fireworks as he faced just seven balls.
As Middlesex replied, early wickets for Will Smith (two for 19) and Jackson Bird (two for 41) put Hampshire in command.
But Middlesex had their own third-wicket partnership as Stirling and John Simpson (35) put on 88 runs.
Once that partnership was broken and James Franklin (35) fell to Yasir Arafat (two for 29), the result never looked in any real doubt.
All that remained was for the lower order to bat out the remaining overs, while Abbott (16 not out) enjoyed himself against his former comrades.
It meant a fifth win out of seven for Hampshire and they could further cement their position at the top of the table as they host neighbours Sussex at the Ageas Bowl tonight.