An impressive knock from Thomas Kent fired Fareham & Crofton to victory against Hampshire League division one newcomers Old Basing.
The 18-year-old struck an unbeaten 84 as he grabbed his opportunity to start for the senior side with both hands.
‘We had lost a couple of quick wickets but Thomas came in and steadied the ship,’ said captain Luke Gould.
‘It was a superb little innings.
‘He deserved to go on and get a century but ran out of overs.’
Fareham & Crofton posted 226 for seven off their 50 overs but still had to work hard for their win.
Crucially, Ed White caught Old Basing’s dangerous opener off a Gary Wylde full toss.
‘All the time he was in we were in danger and the winning scoreline looked more comprehensive than it was,’ said Gould.
‘It was nice to start the season in a competitive game at a beautiful little ground.’
Portchester, Purbrook and Waterlooville all saw their games abandoned because of the early season rain.
In Hampshire League division two, Rowner slumped to a 25-run home defeat to Compton & Chandlers Ford.
Opening strike-bowler Andy Lilley (five for 30) gave Rowner an excellent start, reducing the visitors to 60 for six.
The damp conditions, however, made it difficult for the spinners to grip the ball and the visitors recovered to 230 for seven.
On a rain-affected pitch, Rowner found themselves in trouble, falling to six for two.
Ian Collins (87) and Rob Bowman (54) combined well for the third wicket but the home side were always behind the run-rate.
‘Once we lost our third wicket we didn’t look like winning,’ said captain Jason Hoskins.
‘Despite this defeat I feel we can push on and be more than a mid-table side.’
Bedhampton had their game with New Milton II washed out at tea.
Lewis Mitchard (119) and Sam Floyd (153 not out) shone for Sarisbury II as they cruised to a 246-run over Cadnam.
Mark Le-Clerq (50) starred for Hambledon in their 80-run success over Portsmouth II in Hampshire League division three south.