Hampshire showed there was a real gulf in class between themselves and Kent with a comfortable 62-run victory at Canterbury in the Friends Life t20.
Michael Carberry hit 83 not out and Neil McKenzie added 45 as the visitors made 185-6, which proved to be too much for Kent as they could only muster 123-9.
Hampshire made a flying start after winning the toss and deciding to bat first, with James Vince whacking two sixes before being bowled by Mitchell Claydon for a lively 18 from eight balls.
Claydon was taking some stick though as he went for 30 off his first two overs - the second of which cost 16 as Carberry slapped him for four boundaries.
Jimmy Adams only made two before getting out but McKenzie joined Carberry for a fine partnership of 92 runs for the third wicket which set the Royals up for a big score.
Although the run rate dropped below the initial burst of ten an over, Carberry smacked a six to bring up his 50 in the 13th over as the pair started to step on the gas.
McKenzie also hit one six but was run out for a fine 45 from 35 balls as he attempted an unlikely single to try and keep his team moving along.
Dimitri Mascarenhas could only add four runs as he was plucked out of the air at midwicket by a superb Ben Harmison catch, and Sean Irvine followed for 10 - both wickets taken by Matthew Coles.
Carberry carried his bat to make 83, while Liam Dawson's entertaining late knock may have only lasted five balls but saw him make 17 runs, hitting two fours and a six before being bowled with the last ball of the innings.
Kent struggled from the start of their reply, being reduced to 28-2 after neither opener could get going, and Sam Billings and Darren Stevens who followed found runs hard to come by.
At 66-2 Stevens tried to kick-start his team as he smashed three huge sixes including back-to-back efforts off Dawson, but the spinner responded with two wickets in two balls to quash the mini-revival.
Billings went for 21 and Stevens followed for an entertaining 39 from 28 balls to leave Kent on 88-4, which soon became 89-5 when Alex Blake was stumped one-handed by Adam Wheater for a first-ball duck.
Harmison became Dawson's fourth wicket of the innings when he holed out for three and although Kent lasted out their 20 overs they never stood a chance of reaching their target.