A lively unbeaten 59 from Sam Floyd helped Sarisbury Athletic II open their Hampshire League division one campaign with a six-wicket win at Fareham & Crofton.
Skipper Jon Floyd felt it was an excellent result under difficult circumstances.
‘We lost two key players to the senior side at the last minute but that is the nature of second team cricket,’ said the captain.
Josh Stewart-Hill and Tom Kitcher took three wickets apiece as they quickly made the home side regret their decision to bat first.
The hosts were bowled out for 181 and Sarisbury easily knocked them off with seven overs to spare.
Chairman Clive Slaughter (64) steered newly-promoted Burridge II to a winning start in division one with a three-wicket success over Hook & Newnham Basics II.
Fellow newcomers Hayling Island weren’t so lucky as they lost by three runs in a thriller at Ropley.
Chasing a target of 187, Mike Lever’s team finished on 184 for nine.
Last season’s runners-up Portchester crashed to a 101-run defeat against New Milton II. The hosts posted 209 for five, which was always too much for the visitors who soon slumped to 57 for six.
Jason Jeal (19) and Harry Robbins (17 not out) provided the only resistance in the lower order.
Locks Heath slipped to a 23-run defeat at St Cross Symmondians III and Ventnor II came second to Ryde, losing the Isle of Wight derby by 89 runs.
In division two, United Services put last season’s relegation woes behind them by beating Longparish.
Adam White (55) was the mainstay of the Services batting as they were bowled out for 149. Harry Martin (five for 23) came to the rescue as the hosts fell 19 short.
Relegated Rowner found life just as tough in the second tier as they slumped to a 186-run defeat at Parley.
A 135-run fifth-wicket stand between Gareth Lovett (97) and Harry Barrett (66) proved the key to Bishop’s Waltham’s 39-run win at Bedhampton.
Andrew Gardner (four for 38) was the pick of the home bowlers. Ben De Jong (65) and Dan Clark (53) led the chase but Neerav Trivedi (three for 53) took the key wicket of Clark.