The Hampshire Royals started their Friends Provident t20 campaign with a hard thought 5 wicket victory over the Kent Spitfires in a low scoring affair at the Rosebowl.
Set a target of 115 the Royals made hard work of the run chase with opener Michael Lumb being dismissed by Darren Stevens from the first ball of the innings.
With the bowlers on top the Royals were forced to fight for every run with Sean Ervine top scoring with just 31 runs.
Neil McKenzie (17) and Nic Pothas (15) enjoyed a 6th wicket partnership of 23 to steer the Royals to victory with just 2 balls to spare.
Earlier the Spitfires limped to a total of just 114-9 after failing to recover from losing 3 early wickets.
Having won the toss the Spitfires lost Robert Key (0), Martin van Jaarsveld (11) and Geraint Jones (0) inside the first 4 overs to leave them 20-3.
With the top order blown away; Darren Stevens was the only batsman to offer any sort of resistant’s battling away for a well deserved 36 before he was run out by Chris Wood in the 16th over.
Apart from Stevens no other batsman scored over 15 runs as the Hawks bowlers controlled the game with Wood picking up two wickets in an impressive spell which saw he concede only 17 runs from his 4 overs.