Luke Wright's blitz with the bat helped Sussex Sharks to a convincing 24-run victory over Middlesex in the first Friends Life t20 match of the summer at Lord's.
England all-rounder Wright smashed 81 in just 49 balls in a knock featuring 10 fours and two sixes to the delight of a crowd of around 13,000 enjoying a perfect summer's day at the Home of Cricket.
He was ably supported by 45 from captain Chris Nash and 47 from Rory Hamilton-Brown - both scored at more than 150 runs-per-100-balls. Debutant Kyle Mills was the pick of the Panthers' bowlers with 1/31 in his four overs.
Middlesex briefly threatened to make a game of it as openers Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan went off at a lightening pace in a partnership of 64.
Michael Yardy dismissed Stirling for 33 though, and despite Malan going on to make 61 and an entertaining 27 off just ten balls from captain Neil Dexter, the hosts were always in command of proceedings.