Giles White threw down the gauntlet to his class of 2012 and told them: Start as you mean to go on.
The Hampshire manager has seen his troops stumble out of the blocks in recent campaigns with slow starts that have left them playing catch-up.
While they managed to turn things around in previous summers, last year’s poor opening caught up with them and they were relegated to division two of the County Championship.
But with Hampshire set to kick off the new term with a home clash against Gloucestershire tomorrow, White is focused on making a winning start.
He said: ‘We feel like we are well prepared and we’ve had a good pre-season.
‘But you look at pre-seasons in the past and we haven’t got off to the starts we would have liked.
‘We’re hopeful we have ticked the boxes, the players are ready to go and now it’s all about performing in the first game.
‘We’ve had some tough starts in recent years.
‘This year we have tried to get the guys match ready so they are ready to go from the off.
‘The game against Loughborough will have helped and we feel the group are in a good place.
‘There is a good spirit about them and the rhythm of the changing room is nice. I’m hopeful we will have a good start this time.
‘A lot of these players have grown up together and there is a nice bond there.
‘If we can get the balance right, it will bode well.’