FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 205-5 beat Gloucestershire 177 by 28 runs
James Vince powers one through the off side in his match-winning knock
James Vince and Neil McKenzie were the architects of victory at The Rose Bowl as Hampshire beat FP t20 South Group bottom side Gloucestershire by 29 runs.
The 19-year-old Vince hit 77 off 46 balls, backed by 55 from McKenzie, and the pair put on 110 for the third wicket as Hampshire rattled up 205-5.
But, despite a half century from Chris Dent, Gloucestershire never looked in the hunt, being bowled out for 177.
Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs just missed out on a hat-trick, taking 3-27.
Gloucestershire were guilty of sloppy fielding, dropping catches off McKenzie and Vince before either men were set, Richard Dawson (2-29) proving the unlucky bowler on both occasions.
The blunders cost the Gladiators dearly as Hampshire set them a target requiring a run rate of more than 10 an over.
Hampshire took the attack to the visitors, removing Will Porterfield quickly - one of three wickets for Chris Wood.
Despite middle-order resistance from Dent (63) and New Zealander James Franklin (46), Gloucestershire lost wickets at crucial times preventing them from keeping up with the rate.
Former Ashes hero Simon Jones, making his home debut for Hampshire after recovering from the knee injury that preceded his move from Worcestershire, got a first wicket for his new county.
He bowled Steve Snell for 23 to trigger a batting collapse that saw four wickets fall for the addition of three runs.
The victory was only Hampshire's fourth Twenty20 win this season, but it lifts them up into fifth, just two points off a quarter-final place at the halfway stage.
Gloucestershire, who now host Middlesex on Sunday (1730 BST) remain bottom, having won just twice in nine games.
BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James: Hampshire are beginning to find their feet in this competition, especially the batsmen.
It was the turn of the young guns to put on a show for the home crowd, 19-year-old Vince claiming the man of the match award for his magnificent 77.
With the ball, Danny Briggs, 19, and Chris Wood, 20, both claimed three wickets, showing excellent control.