The CB40 competition has not exactly been top of Hampshire’s priorities in recent seasons and for the most part, their results have reflected that.
But in their opening 40-over showdown of the campaign against the recently renamed Welsh Dragons – or Glamorgan to everyone else – the Royals turned in one of the more comprehensive limited overs demolitions you will see, completing a 48-run success on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
With Michael Carberry (60) promoted to open the innings alongside another part-time opener in James Vince (83), Hampshire made sure that they packed the top of the batting line-up with their big guns.
And they didn’t disappoint as they blasted a 142-run opening stand after the Welsh side had posted a below-par 173 from their rain-reduced 34 overs to effectively put the game to bed by the time the showers returned to end the game prematurely.
In fact, the Royals looked good in all departments as Kabir Ali (three for 44) stood out for the bowlers, marking his return with one glorious cartwheeling off-stump dismissal that accounted for Stewart Walters (68).
But while Mark Wallace’s side put on 48 for the first wicket, their attempts to kick on resulted in the loss of wickets.
Only Nick James (37) made any impression as the Royals exerted the pressure late in the innings.
The Dragons’ total never looked like being enough, particularly when the Royals openers started blazing boundaries.
Former Hampshire man Simon Jones was the target of some fearful stick as he was hammered for 54 runs from just five overs.
Carberry – who will be a big miss for this week’s Championship clash while he’s away on England Lions duty – looked in great nick with five fours and two sixes in his 65-ball knock.
But when Vince is in this kind of mood, there aren’t too many more fluent strokemakers around.
And the 11 fours and one six in his 78-ball innings oozed class as the home side strolled to victory.