Champions Hampshire reached the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 competition with a five-wicket win over Essex at the Ageas Bowl.
An innings of 54 off 41 balls by Michael Carberry, the opening batsman who has been overlooked by England this summer, was the centrepiece of their victory.
Hampshire surprisingly chose to field upon winning the toss and Essex looked to have made their opponents pay after hitting their way to 182-5.
Owais Shah, batting with a runner after suffering a groin injury, struck 68 from 49 balls, including three sixes off Dimitri Mascarenhas and a fourth off left-arm spinner Danny Briggs.
Hampshire captain Mascarenhas, who is retiring at the end of the season and was warmly received by a crowd of around 10,000 when he came on to bowl, did eventually have Shah caught at mid-wicket.
But Ryan ten Doeschate struck David Griffiths for two sixes in succession and there were useful middle order contributions from James Foster (19) and Graham Napier (15 not out). Ravi Bopara was bowled by Liam Dawson, attempting to sweep, for 15.
In reply, Carberry soon showed that, when it came to six-hitting, he was as competent as any batsman. He struck Napier for two maximums and although James Vince and Jimmy Adams went cheaply trying to improvise, he appeared to be leading Hampshire to a straightforward victory.
That was until Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait was brought back into the attack by Foster, who promptly caught Carberry behind the wicket.
Hampshire's target of 55 off the last five overs was eased by the awarding of six penalty runs against Essex for a slow over-rate, brought on in part by wides bowled by Tait and Reece Topley.
Experienced South African batsman Neil McKenzie and Sean Ervine, who swung Napier for six, ensured that only two runs would be required off the final over.
Even though Ervine and Adam Wheater, playing against his old county, went in successive deliveries to Topley, the hosts won with four balls to spare and Carberry was given the man of the match award.