Liam Dawson showed that he firmly believes he is still very much part of Hampshire’s future as they got their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign off to a winning start against Sussex.
The all-rounder grabbed career-best limited overs bowling figures of six for 47, having earlier hit a fine unbeaten 73 with the bat.
James Vince struck a superb century – his first of the summer – as the skipper led from the front with 103.
The duo laid the foundations for a mighty 343 for six, before Sussex were bowled out for 256 to seal victory by 87 runs.
After returning from a short loan spell with Essex after some disappointing displays this season, the 25-year-old proved that he is still an important player in the side.
Dawson said: ‘I’m obviously very happy with both bat and ball.
‘I know how I can contribute and it is nice to get off to a good start personally and a good start in a competition we weren’t good in last season.
‘It was especially good to get that amount of runs on that wicket, anything over 300 would have been hard to chase because it was hard coming in as a new batsman.
‘We knew if we bowled well we had a good chance in the game and we managed to do that.
‘I played nicely, I played sensibly for the first 40-odd runs and found it quite hard to score on a slow wicket.
‘But I just tried to bat sensibly until the last few overs and it paid off with a few boundaries.
‘I was happy with how I bowled and I got a few wickets at the end.
‘It’s great to get a win.’
Hampshire managed just one win from eight matches in the competition last year and finished bottom of their group.
And this season’s quest got off to the worst possible start when Michael Carberry (nought) edged Ollie Robinson behind to the wicketkeeper.
Jimmy Adams (34) looked to be back to his old self as he clocked up 3000 career runs in List A cricket before he was caught at square leg.
Adam Wheater (45) added some impetus, but Hampshire’s innings faltered as they lost Joe Gatting (14) to a run out after a mix-up.
Vince continued in his serene style to reach three figures from 79 balls after cracking 12 fours before he was eventually undone by Chris Nash.
Dawson and Chris Wood (38) then added 78 runs in just seven overs to boost the total.
Sussex looked to be well in the hunt early on as Luke Wright (58) and Matt Machan (93) shared a second-wicket stand of 110, but the scoreboard pressure eventually told as they attempted to keep up with the rate.
Mason Crane (two for 46) picked up the important scalps of Machan and Craig Cachopa (two) but it was Dawson who took centre-stage again, ripping through the tail as Sussex lost their last five wickets for just 16 runs.