Jaden Hatwell was quickly back into the old routine as champions Swardeston launched their 2008 campaign with victory at Cambridge Granta.
The New Zealander, Swardeston’s top scorer last season, fired an unbeaten 53 to lead his side to a five-wicket triumph.
Granta were put into bat and were soon in trouble as Swardeston’s opening bowlers, Michael Eccles and Mark Thomas, picked up a wicket each.
Hatwell then got in on the act to reduce Granta to 43 for four, before Thomas returned to claim the key wickets of South African brothers Sean and Craig Park.
Eccles wiped out the majority of the tail with three more wickets as Granta crawled to 117 for nine from their 66 overs.
Swardeston’s reply got off to a terrible start as Daniel Martin and Rob Newton both fell to Australian Nick Chant without scoring.
Hatwell joined Will Rist and the pair added 77 before Rist departed LBW to Granta skipper Jason Coleman having made 44.
Coleman picked up two more wickets as Swardeston closed in on their target, but Hatwell remained to ensure victory.